The evolution of a young musician is something beautiful to behold. Every blue moon, when this rate of growth seems exponential, the experience is nothing if not exciting. Victoria’s own Quinn Bachand is evolving at such a rate – a natural musician, invested of both body and soul in his quest for musical perfection. Since he was 11, he’s stopped traffic with his jaw-dropping abilities on acoustic guitar, performing with his equally talented sister, Qristina. The rest is history as the talented siblings – focused on bringing traditional Celtic roots music into the 21st Century – have earned countless nominations and awards up to, and including, their latest release.
While both musicians have individually progressed light years beyond their youthful beginnings, the 20-year-old Quinn has repeatedly revealed a truly restless spirit. His interests spanning beyond mere mastery of his guitar, he now plays over a dozen instruments while expanding his expertise in singing.
Ever the bold musical voyageur, Quinn has invested his love of world music and gypsy jazz in particular with the 2013 release of his band and same-named debut CD, Brishen (defined as “bringer of the storm”). Aptly titled, the gale force success of this debut tells the tale – resulting in noteworthy recognition for Quinn, including five Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, the Saga Djangofest Award, a Western Canada Music Award nomination, an “Emerging Artist” spot with the RBC Canada’s Walk of Fame, four nominations at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, not to mention top marks from the Royal Conservatory of Music and later, the Slaight Family scholarship, a full 4-year ride to Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
Quinn’s forward trajectory continues with the 2017 release of Blue Verdun, further strutting his instrumental prowess across a 10-track exposé that begins with the genius of Eddy Lang and Charlie Christian and proceeds to blur the lines between traditional jazz, latter day pop and western swing. A tasteful throwback to the romance of another era, Quinn swings and sings his way through the music that truly stirs his heart You’ll hear hints of Bobby Vinton’s velvet croon and the sweeping elements of Bob Wills’ country swing while robust memories of Brenda Lee’s pop-country and the doo-wop of the Ink Spots take a spirited romp with the likes of Joe Venuti and Django Reinhardt. Quite the time travel for this old soul visionary.
Effortlessly adept at whichever instrument takes him there the fastest, Quinn can jump from acoustic guitar to bouzouki, Hammond B3 to banjo, and fiddle to percussion at will, justifying the accolades of fans and peers alike. Of Quinn, no less than fellow Franco-American Swing bender, John Jorgenson, claims that, “he has depth and maturity to match his unending virtuosity and aptitude on the guitar” while seasoned Celtic genre-bender Ashley MacIsaac notes, “I have yet to meet anyone that is more creative, musically expressive and technically skilled as Quinn Bachand and his unique abilities make him one of a kind.”
With youthful talent like this, the future is indeed in good hands.