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, Best New Irish Music Artist by the Irish Music Awards as well as a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for World Recording of the Year.
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.
Family, which was selected as the 2011 Album of the Year by National Public Radio's "Celtic Connections", was co-produced with Adrian Dolan, features a wonderful selection of Irish tunes in scintillating medleys and superb arrangements. Quinn amazes with his formidable talents not just on guitar, but on many other instruments and Qristina's sparkling fiddle playing shines throughout. There are two lovely vocal tracks by Qristina and some cleverly "tweaked" tunes: reels into jigs, especially, but it’s the selection of jigs and reels and the duo’s powerful instrumentals that are the focal point of the album. Guest musicians include Adrian Dolan (accordion, mandola), Zac Leger (Uilleann pipes, flute, whistle), Felix Prummel (low whistle), Scott Senior (cajon, bongo, shakers & percussion), Bryan Skinner (bodhran) and Oliver Swain (upright bass, vocals). There have been quite a few West Coast Celtic bands over the past 25 years or so, but few have managed to stay so close to the tradition whilst also investing the material with such boundless energy and invention.
"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."