Qristina & Quinn Bachand: Relative Minors

Qristina & Quinn Bachand: Relative Minors

Relative Minors by Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Album: Relative Minors

Artists : Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Genre:Folk/ Celtic/ World

Type: Instrumental

Place of origin: Victoria, British Columbia

Tracks:

1. Spootiskerry/High Road to Linton/Big John McNeil
2. Extra Bar in Paddyland / The Smirnoff Gigolo
3. Jigs in A (Rosewood Jig/Teviot Bridge/Who’ll be King but Charlie/The Canadian Club)
4. The Frenchies (Fil et Bobine / Les Poules Huppes)
5. Mabou Harbour Set (Flowers of Edinburgh / Miss McLeod’s / The Beached Whale)
6. Kathryn’s Castle / Lost in the Loop
7. Jigs in G (Old Favourite / The Roaring Barmaid / Out on the Ocean)
8. La Bastringue / St. Anne’s Reel
9. Kid on the Mountain / The Butterfly / An Dro
10. Gaelic College Medley (Memories of You / Please Scrape Your Dishes)
11. The Barn Set (Colin Rankin’s Strathspey / Kelsae Brig / The Holland Wedding/Predator Reel)
12. Jigs’n’Reel (Morrison’sJig / Swallowtail Jig / Lilting Banshee /Hobbart’s Transformation)
13. Wistful Daydreamer
14. Relative Minors (Fifteen Children / Snail Fever)
15. D Set (Haste to the Wedding / Banish Misfortune / Miss Susan Cooper/Virginia Reel/Silver Spear/MacLeod’s Farewall)
16. Polka Medley (Kenmare / Britches Full of Stitches / Bill Sullivan’s)

Total time: 59:07

With the instantaneous success of Family, Relative Minors seems to have been overlooked by the music crowd. But yes Relative Minors is the album that started it all. Siblings Qristina and Quinn Bachand (Q & Q)have created a collection of tunes woven tightly to create an exquisite listening experience. Although this primarily a traditional album , the two added their own styles.

Their bombastic exploration into the Celtic instrumentals is exemplified by the first track Spootiskerry/High Road to Linton/Big John McNeil. It’s a tune that makes you want to dance around the living room. A very happy tune. This is followed by the Extra Bar in Paddyland / The Smirnoff Gigolo in which Qristina’s fiddling shines through. In Jigs in A (Rosewood Jig/Teviot Bridge/Who’ll be King but Charlie, Quinn has mastered the art of light guitar strumming.

The amazing thing about Celtic music is that you don’t have to know what it is to appreciate it. This is in the case of tunes like The Frenchies (Fil et Bobine / Les Poules Huppes) where the melody takes a joyful turn amidst the interesting time signature. The music talks to you and this is what makes the Bachands amazing!

Everyone in the house knows how this CD has been played repeatedly. It’s that fresh quality that continues and doesn’t eat you just because the album has been listened to for a hundredth times already! Yes it doesn’t get old. Which is a feat considering that these two were literally very young when this one was released way back 2008. Big nod to the musicians who joined the project like Dave Klassen, Eric Reiswig, Russ Godfrey and Adrian Doland. These artists are huge in the Canadian Celtic music scene. The sound Engineering of Aaron Scoones maintained a raw but crystalline approach to the sound. It’s like witnessing a sunrise after a long rainy week. Design, layout and photos also gave justice t the music of this album.

I love the gentleness of Kathryn’s Castle / Lost in the Loop and its change of rhythm from slow to fast. But take note of the title track Relative Minors (Fifteen Children / Snail Fever) where they played at a breakneck speed while displaying the delicate style they are known for. Relative Minors is a flawless album and really deserves the best place in your music shelf.

Listen to the track and buy the album here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/qqbachand

Biography

“Qristina is a gutsy, fiery fiddle player – Quinn is nothing short of amazing!” – Fiona Heywood, The Living Tradition Magazine (Scotland)

“Qristina and Quinn Bachand are best act to come along in the world of Celtic music since…. anyone you care to mention.” – Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs (Canada)

“The Bachands have the Celtic fever in spades and play it superbly.” – Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada

Qristina and Quinn Bachand are creating quite a stir in the Celtic and Folk music world. In 2009 they were nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the Young Performer of the Year category. In 2010 they won the Irish Music Association’s award for Top Traditional Group and in 2011 they earned another two Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations, Instrumental Group of the Year and Young Performer of the Year, as well as an Irish Music Award win as “Top Duo”. Qristina and Quinn have released two independent studio albums, “Relative Minors” (2008) and “Family” (2011), co-produced by Juno nominee Adrian Dolan (The Bills).

Twenty-one year old Qristina Bachand is an expressive fiddler, with a unique personal style that is bold and edgy. Clearly at ease on stage, Qristina is a natural performer, consistently delivering a spirited performance that features her energy, enthusiasm and love of Celtic music. Qristina recently added traditional and original songs to the duo’s repertoire, and is already receiving rave reviews as a vocalist. Her singing has been described as “lovely and delicate, with a laidback sweetness.” (Roots Music Canada)

At just sixteen years of age, Quinn Bachand is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who already has a reputation as “one of the best Celtic guitar accompanists in the world” (Ashley MacIsaac). Although Quinn plays a range of guitar styles including jazz, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that are drawing the most attention. Quinn adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music. In particular, his creative harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting.

Qristina and Quinn have performed across Canada, the US and Europe, including European tours in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and North American tours in 2010 and 2011.

 

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The Bachands: An Interview with Quinn

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.

Photography : Eunice Montenegro

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.

Photography : Eunice Montenegro

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.

with Ashley McIsaac

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:

http://www.qbachand.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBachands