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Relative Minors

by Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Qristina & Quinn Bachand's debut album, featuring 16 tracks of Celtic fiddle & guitar instrumental Cape Breton, Scottish, Irish, Breton, and French Canadian music.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Spootiskerry/High Road to Linton/Big John McNeil Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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2. Extra Bar in Paddyland / The Smirnoff Gigolo Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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3. Jigs in A (Rosewood Jig/Teviot Bridge/Who'll be King but Charlie Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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4. The Frenchies (Fil et Bobine / Les Poules Huppes) Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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5. Mabou Harbour Set (Flowers of Edinburgh / Miss McLeod's / The Be Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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6. Kathryn's Castle / Lost in the Loop Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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7. Jigs in G (Old Favourite / The Roaring Barmaid / Out on the Ocea Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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8. La Bastringue / St. Anne's Reel Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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9. Kid on the Mountain / The Butterfly / An Dro Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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10. Gaelic College Medley (Memories of You / Please Scrape Your Dish Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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11. The Barn Set (Colin Rankin's Strathspey / Kelsae Brig / The Holl Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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12. Jigs'n'Reel (Morrison'sJig / Swallowtail Jig / Lilting Banshee / Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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13. Wistful Daydreamer Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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14. Relative Minors (Fifteen Children / Snail Fever) Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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15. D Set (Haste to the Wedding / Banish Misfortune / Miss Susan Coo Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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16. Polka Medley (Kenmare / Britches Full of Stitches / Bill Sulliva Qristina Bachand & Quinn Bachand
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Album Notes
With deep Asturian and Breton roots, Canadian-born Qristina and Quinn Bachand 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 the duo have also received three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, including Instrumental Album of the Year and Young Performer of the Year as well as a Western Canadian Music Award nomination.

Known for her expressive and passionate fiddling style, Qristina is a consummate performer who is clearly at ease on stage. She consistently captivates her audience with a spirited performance that showcases not jut her fiddling and vocal talents but also her energy and love of Celtic music. As a vocalist, 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, sixteen year old Quinn is recognized as the "Young Lion" of the Celtic guitar (Daniel Lapp) and "Canada's top Celtic guitarist" (Ashley MacIsaac). A gifted and creative guitar 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.

Qristina and Quinn's 2008 debut album "Relative Minors" has received worldwide critical acclaim including a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. On this album Qristina & Quinn Bachand create music that is challenging yet energetic, refreshing and fun.

In 2011 Qristina & Quinn released their much anticipated sophomore album, "Family". This album has been receiving high praise from fans and critics worldwide. National Public Radio's 'Celtic Connections' program selected "Family" as the 2011 Album of the Year.

Qristina & Quinn Bachand continue to popular performers at major Folk and Celtic festivals across Canada, the U.S. and Europe and have been featured on numerous national and international print, radio and television programs.


"A superb album by two of the most important young musicians in the international Celtic music scene." - World Music Central

"The Bachands have got the Celtic fever in spades and play it superbly." - Roots Music Canada

"Qristina is a gutsy, fiery fiddle player who injects real life into her playing... Quinn is nothing short of amazing." - The Living Tradition

" Scintillating medleys... powerful arrangements... scorching hot fiddle.. formidable guitar playing! - Rogue Folk Club

"Qristina and Quinn are the most exciting act to come along in the world of Celtic music since anyone you care to mention." - Tim Readman

"With the sparkling lilt in Qristina's fiddling & the solid accompaniment of her brother Quinn's guitar, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Victoria, BC, siblings grew up playing Celtic music from the time they first cracked open their eyes. " –Penguin Eggs, the Folk, Roots & World Music Magazine

“Their playing displays a great depth of emotional range, from tragic and plaintive to high-spirited and fiery." – FOCUS Magazine

"He's (Quinn) better than anyone else I've ever worked with. I haven't worked with a guitar player more versed in musicality than him."
-Ashley MacIsaac

“Relative Minors" is Qristina and Quinn's debut album, in which they master a variety of Celtic styles – Irish, Scottish, French, Canadian and Cape Breton. The album is a nod to the rich canon of music that has influenced their young careers” (Penguin Eggs) with tunes chosen from the repertoires of Glenn Graham & Andrea Beaton (Cape Breton), Frank Ferrell & Liz Carroll (USA), Tony Sullivan & Donald Shaw (UK), Jean Blanchard & Gilles Chabenat (France) and more. The CD is rounded out by traditional fiddle tunes and several originals written by Qristina and Quinn. "Relative Minors” is traditional music for the 21st century, always mindful of its origins but fresh and exciting in its ambition and delivery.


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I have been listening to this CD pretty much non-stop since I got it, it fantastic! I am a fan of Liz Carroll and John Doyle and these two kids are on their way to becoming the next best duo in the Celtic world. I\'m not just loving the traditional pieces, the original ones are also outstanding. Wonderful fiddle, amazing guitar & terrific arrangments. Truly an enjoyable 60 minutes of music - from beginning to end.


Very good
I am so envious of the talent you both have. I first found you on Youtube so keep it up! Your album was loaded onto my Mp3 player from day one that I got it. It's on the most played list.


Holy Mackerel!
I really haven't taken it out of my CD player since it came! It's so well mixed and with such talented artists, you can't help but to love it. Waitng for the next album.

Miss S.

This is a superb album, by two very talented musicians, extremely impressed! I have recommended it to all my friends and family who love Celtic music and they agree, it is awesome! I can't wait to hear the new album, which I understand is coming out soon! I'll be the first to buy it! I'm hoping to catch you two live soon! Qristina and Quinn, keep making beautiful music!

Robert Comrie

Relative Minors
Saw you at the Youth Festival in Aberdeen and have been a fan ever since. Great CD and choice of music. Can't wait for the next one.

Andrew Wilson

Relative Minors
This album is really fantastic. A really good choice and range of tunes, well played with a lot of style. Kelsae Brig is awesome. I'm getting all my friends here in the UK to give it a listen, and they all love it too. Come and play in England some time! Great job, can't wait for the next CD.


Great job guys! I was afraid it wouldn't be as fun to listen to as to watch, but I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks so much for making the world that much more beautiful.


Fantastic! I loved each and every track of this CD! and it\'s great that the CD has 16 tracks & lots of wonderful tunes.Very impressed! I look forwad to buying the Bachands\' next CD!


I just listened to all 16 tracks and I am truly impressed! It\'s definately one of the best Celtic CDs I have ever heard! 5+ stars for this talented brother and sister! Everyone should buy their CD!