http://www.qbachand.com; FaceBook: Qristina and Quinn Bachand
This is a brother/sister duo from Victoria, Canada, and is a review of their CD “Family” from 2011 (Q&Q Music).
Qristina plays fiddle, Quinn plays guitar, tenor banjo, five-string banjo, bodhran, harmony fiddle, and electric guitar. The pair co-produced this CD with Adrian Dolan, who is also a guest artist on this recording. Other guest artists include Zac Leger, Scott Senior, Felix Prummel, Oliver Swan, and Bryan Skinner, providing percussion, accordian, flute, whistle, uillean pipes, mandola and more. Their website calls their music “challenging, energetic, and fun”. The duo won the 2010 Irish Music Award for Top Traditional Group, and 2011 Irish Music Award for Top Duo in Festival, Pub, and Concert.
This self-titled release has 12 tracks, ten of them lively instrumentals, Qristina doing a vocal on track seven, Smile or Cry, and on the final track, Red Rocking Chair/Halfmoon Bay, which is a bit more Appalachian Folk than it is pure Celtic. I would love to see them do a live show, because I think that seeing them perform live would enhance the listening pleasure of this CD. I enjoy just listening because I really love fiddle music.
I recommend it especially for ceilidhs, or anywhere people want to get up and dance.
Carol Stepp, Austin, TX