Multiple award winning symbiotic brother & sister talent-trust, Qristina and Quinn Bachand bring their feisty guitar and fiddle-fuelled music to Hugh’s Room, August 11.
The duo won 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards, a combined 8 nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and finalist position for Quinn as “Emerging Artist” at Canada’s Walk Of Fame. Their new CD “Little Hinges” also garnered a nomination at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year!
With Qristina’s melodic vocals and inspirational fiddling and Quinn’s soulful mastery of all things stringed, this brother and sister act clearly hit the mark, as does their latest CD. Little Hinges opens the door even further, fusing styles such as Folk and Jazz to create their own distinctive sound while still illuminating the two sides of their passionate grasp of Celtic music.
We spent some time talking about music, life on the road and some lessons learned. You can learn more about this fantastic duo via http://www.qbachand.com and take a listen to their music at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBachands
TheSceneInTo: Where do you channel your crea tive energy from? What inspires you?
Q&Q: We love traditional music from the UK and Ireland; the energy that comes from playing it live with other musicians is truly exceptional.
TheSceneInTo: Canada is such a hotbed of talent, what do you think makes Canadian talent stand out?
Q&Q: The focus on traditional music in Canada and the resulting fusion of musical styles is very special. We are able to do what we do with help from Canadian organizations such as the Canada Council for the Arts. They allow m usicians like us the freedom to be unique and follow our individual musical paths.
TheSceneInTo: What’s the one festival you’ve always wanted to perform at?
Q&Q: In 2011 Quinn toured Australia with Ashley MacIsaac, but as a duo we haven’t yet had a chance to perform on that continent. Australia is definitely on the bucket list! There is a strong Celtic music community over there, with some awesome Folk and Celtic festivals.
TheSceneInTo: You’ve toured a lot and given the chance, what’s the one thing you wished someone had told you while starting out? Any life lessons from the road?
Q&Q: Always bring a chromatic tuner and toothpaste and try to remember to make time for yourself – listen to music and chill out; have a 35-minute snooze and also the toothpaste thing.
TheSceneInTo: What’s next on your to-do list? Any collaborations, new albums, tour dates?
Q&Q: After our Canadian tour this summer we’ll both be recording/ performing with our own projects and finishing/continuing at our respective music schools.
Thurs August 11, 8:30pm
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W, Toronto
$22.50 adv/$25 door