Born on Canada’s West Coast, with its signature embrace of experimentation and improvisation, fiddler & singer Qristina Brooke (aka Qristina Bachand) was always encouraged to find her own ‘voice’. Qristina grew up exploring various musical traditions; all of which inevitably influenced her distinctive sound. She plays a mix of inspired original compositions and traditional Irish, Old-Time American and French Canadian tunes; creating music that is at once moving and uplifting. Simply put: Qristina's music is heartfelt and soulful and may just tug at your heartstrings.
As one-half of the award-winning Canadian Celtic Roots duo ‘Qristina & Quinn Bachand’, Qristina performed across Canada, the US and Europe at major folk and Celtic festivals; garnering a mantle-packing collection of awards and recognition, including winning two Irish Music Awards and receiving nominations for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2 Westen Canadian Music Awards and 3 Vancouver Island Music Awards.
Known for her expressive fiddling and smooth, heartfelt vocals, Qristina is a charismatic performer clearly at ease on the stage. Her fiddle skills shine with beautiful tone and passionate delivery and her honey sweet vocals caress the soul. Her contagious energy and love of Folk and Celtic music is always at the forefront as she captivates her audiences with moving, intimate performances. While still mindful of its origins, Qristina has the ability to add elements that bring traditional music beyond its roots and into the 21st century.
Qristina also enjoys teaching, and has taught privately as well as at workshops, music camps, festivals, schools and universities in Canada, the United States and Europe. A few highlights include week-long instructional camps such as Goderich Celtic Roots College and the Leahy Music Camp (Ontario, Canada) and workshops with Bachelors and Masters students at the Irish World Academy (University of Limerick, Ireland) For information regarding private lessons (in person or via Skype) please email Qristina.
Originally from Victoria BC, Qristina lived in Limerick, Ireland for two years while earning her MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance. She later relocated to Montreal, Quebec; immersing herself in the québécois fiddle tradition for a time before landing back home in Victoria (where she currently lives/regularly performs/teaches).