Qristina & Quinn Bachand
Family (Q&Q Music QQ1002, 2011)
Fiddler Qristina Bachand and guitarist Quinn Bachand are two siblings from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Their album Family introduces the listener to one of the most exciting recordings coming out of the roots music scene in North America. The young duo are skilled musicians who are clearly comfortable playing Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton Celtic music as well as contemporary bluegrass, swing and folk music.
Qristina Bachand plays fiddle and sings on two tracks. Quinn Bachand, who is 15, plays acoustic guitars, electric guitar guitar, banjo, harmony fiddle and bodhran.
Although the focus is on fiddle and guitar, the Bachands are joined by Adrian Dolan on accordion and mandola; Scott Senior on percussion; Zac Leger on whistles, flutes and pipers; Bryan Skinner on bodhran; Oliver Swain on bass; and Felix prummel on low whistle.
At the age of seven Qristina Bachand began her musical studies with classical violin lessons through the Suzuki Violin Method quickly taking an interest in folk fiddle. Over the years Qristina has received many regional and national awards, trophies & scholarships for her fiddling. She received full scholarships to study Irish Fiddle at Ceili Camp (Harrison Hot Springs) and Cape Breton fiddle at the Gaelic College (Cape Breton). She has also immersed herself in the Scottish and Irish Fiddle traditions while touring & performing in those countries. Qristina has also performed in Calvin Cairns’ Fiddle Ensemble and Daniel Lapp’s B.C. Fiddle Orchestra.
Quinn Bachand was honored when Cape Breton fiddling sensation Ashley MacIsaac asked him to be his sideman at the 2009 Vancouver Celticfest. Since then Quinn has performed with the acclaimed fiddler at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and across Canada at many music events and festivals such as Edmonton Folk Festival, Celtic Colours International Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Cavendish Music Festival and more.
In addition to regular performances with his sister Qristina and with Ashley MacIsaac, Quinn has also performed with many other high profile Celtic and Jazz musicians including Buddy MacMaster, Liz Carroll, Daniel Lapp, Mark Sullivan, Pierre Schryer, Andrea Beaton, Robin Nolan, Marc Atkinson to name but a few.
A superb album by the two of the most important young musicians in the international Celtic music scene.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.