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 has 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 for World Recording of the Year. The duo have just added four nominations (Roots Album of the Year, Performer of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Youth Artist of the Year, winning the latter award at the Vancouver Island Music Awards.
This Canadian powerhouse duo have a musical bond that only siblings can share. 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.
Known for her expressive and passionate fiddling style, Qristina is a consummate performer. Clearly at ease on stage she consistently captivates her audience with a spirited performance that showcases not only 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, 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 a 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.
Qristina and Quinn Bachand have released two critically acclaimed full length studio albums, "Relative Minors" (2008) and "Family" (2011). The duo 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.