The fantastic Bachands. The powerful duo of Quinn and Qristina- The family name is pronounced as bo-SHAND- are riding the waves of traditional music frenzy while also in the middle of carving names for themselves in the Canadian and international charts. I have listened to few tracks from the upcoming album”Family” courtesy of their website. Their first album “Relative Minors” put them on the map. Now after countless performances, they are back .
Maturity and sophistication are evident in the music and these qualities fuel their distinctive styles. There are 12 instrumental and vocal tracks in the new album. These multi-instrumentalist prodigies and siblings bring something new to the mix. This is where mystery and myth come together to tell us that the future of music is bright.
I first stumbled upon Quinn’s interesting story when someone posted his performance with Ashley McIsaac on twitter. Only 14 and already hailed as “one of the best Celtic guitar accompanists in the world” (Ashley MacIsaac), his fiery style and intense stage presence are raising curiosity . I am glad he took the time to answer this interview.
Quinn, Please tell us about the new album “Family.”
Our new album, Family, is a good indicator of where Qristina and i are at musically as a Celtic group. The album features 12 tracks and 29 tunes, mostly Irish, we are particularly proud of the selection, the arrangements, and the instrumentation. This album also features two vocal tracks, which is a first for us.
What are your favorite tracks in this album?
It’s hard to pick a favorite tracks, we’re very happy with all of them. We love track 6, especially the arrangements of Rights of Man, Track 2 features a lovely piece, Kalyana, Track 10 is also a favorite and track 12 is also a favorite featuring an old time tune, Red Rocking Chair in a medley with a piece Qristina wrote, Halfmoon Bay.
Who are the musicians you worked with in this project?
We were so happy to be able to have these talented musicians on the album: Zac Leger on Uilleann pipes, flute and whistle, Adrian Dolan on mandola and accordion, Scott Senior on percussion, Felix Prummel on low whistle, Bryan Skinner on bodhran and Oliver Swain on upright bass and harmony vocals.
How long did it take for you to record Family?
It took 4 days to lay down the main fiddle and guitar tracks. But we were in and out of the recording studio for the next 6 months recording other instruments, other musicians, comping and mixing. The recording engineer was Adrian Dolan, who also mixed the CD. It was mastered by Joby Baker.
Please share with us your musical influences.
My musical influences, as a “Celtic” guitar player, have been artists such as Steve Cooney, the Bothy Band and John Doyle, but there are many others as well.
It must be strange to be the youngest guy playing the most ‘mature and sophisticated’ music. How is it like for you?
I have no problem relating to the adult musicians I perform with, we connect with our music and age differences don’t seem to matter.
How do you spend your weekends?
I do a lot of gigs, most of them are on weekends. I also listen to music, practice on weekend, and sometimes get together with friends.
You’ve just finished playing a show in Victoria . How was the experience?
I have just returned from 3 weeks of touring in Australia with Ashley MacIsaac. We performed at the Ten Days on the Island Festival all around Tasmania and then at the Castlemaine State Festival, just outside Melbourne. Although I’ve toured with Ashley before, in Canada, this was my first time in Australia and it was great.
How’s it like sharing the stage with well-known musicians like Ashley McIsaac, , Battlefield Band, Lau, Lunasa, Liz Carroll & John Doyle, Buddy McMaster to name the few?
It’s been an honour having the opportunity to perform alongside some of the world’s top heavyweight musicians and my musical heroes.
You can listen to two tracks and the album is available and can be bought as a pre-relsease. Just visit the official website: