Qristina & Quinn Bachand
Award winning Indie Celtic/Roots Duo has been described as "nothing short of amazing!" - The Living Tradition (UK) and "the best act to come along In the world of Celtic music!" - Penguin Eggs (CA)
With deep Asturian and Breton roots this Canadian brother and sister duo have quickly emerged at the top of the international Celtic music world, winning 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards. Since 2009 Qristina and Quinn have also received three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, a Western Canadian Music Award nomination and four 2013 Vancouver Island Music Awards nominations, winning Young Performer of the Year.
With a musical connection reminiscent of other Canadian family groups such as Leahy, The Barra MacNeils or The Rankins, audiences everywhere are quickly falling in love with Qristina and Quinn. Born and raised on Canada's West Coast with its signature tolerance for experimentation and improvisation, the siblings have always been encouraged to find their own voice, exploring all kinds of musical traditions and fusing styles such as Old-time, Irish trad, Folk, and Jazz to create their own distinctive sound. This award winning duoâ€™s sheer talent and natural exuberance is a joy to behold.
Known for her expressive fiddling and soulful vocals, Qristina is a consummate performer who is clearly at ease on stage, captivating audiences with a spirited performance that showcases not only her fiddling and vocal talents, but also her energy and love of Celtic music. Qristina enjoys performing a repertoire of original and traditional songs that bring out deep emotions with which people can easily relate.
With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn is recognized as the "Young Lion" of the Celtic guitar (Daniel Lapp) and "Canada's top Celtic guitarist" (Ashley MacIsaac). A gifted multi-instrumentalist and creative player, Quinn adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music; his unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. An in-demand sideman, Quinn has also toured nationally and internationally performing with Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Quinn has also recorded the Celtic Guitar, Irish Bouzouki and Bodhran tracks for the popular software program "Band-In-A-Box".
Qristina and Quinn Bachand have performed at major Folk and Celtic festivals across Canada, the U.S. and Europe and have been featured on national and international print, radio and television programs.
Relative Minors (2008)
Little Hinges (2015) to be released 15-01-15
We have enough material to perform up to 3+ hours. Most festival sets consist of 45 to 60 minutes. Concerts are usually two 45 minute sets.
We perform traditional and original material, either as a duo or with our band (as a trio or quartet).