Quinn Bachand



With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand is recognized as the “Young Lion” of the Celtic guitar (Daniel Lapp) and “Canada’s top Celtic guitarist” (Ashley MacIsaac). Although Quinn plays a range of styles that include jazz and bluegrass, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that are drawing the most attention. His virtuosic playing is more than eye-catching fret-board fireworks. A gifted and creative guitar player, Quinn adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. An in-demand sideman, Quinn has also toured nationally and internationally with well known musicians including Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.

Don’t let his age fool you, Quinn already has many impressive accomplishments to his credit. As a proficient multi instrumentalist, he is equally at ease playing Irish tenor banjo, claw hammer banjo, bouzouki, bodhran and fiddle and has done extensive recording for the popular software program “Band in a Box” (www.pgmusic.com). Many of his fans are unaware that Quinn is also a classically trained violinist, having achieved the Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 violin level. A respected music instructor, Quinn has taught privately and at workshops, music camps and festivals, including Goderich Celtic Roots College, Pierre Schryer’s Canadian Celtic Celebration, as well as master classes at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.


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