Bewitching vocals and master fiddling”

Bucketlist Music Reviews, CA

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’. She 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 has performed across Canada, the US and Europe at major folk and Celtic festivals; garnering a mantle-packing collection of awards and recognition on their way to the top of the international Celtic music world.

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 is also a popular and sought-after fiddle teacher, having 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 was living in Limerick, Ireland, for the past two years while she earned her MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance, but has since relocated to Montreal, QC.

Her vocals and her fiddling are perfection; filled with equal pinches of salt and sugar”

No Depression (The Journal of Roots Music), US

past awards & nominations*

*As part of Qristina & Quinn Bachand

2015
Western Canadian Music Awards' "Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year (Nominee)

2013
Vancouver Island Music Awards' "Island Artist of the Year" (Nominee)
Vancouver Island Music Awards' "Roots Recording of the Year" (Nominee)
Vancouver Island Music Awards' "Music Video of the Year" (Nominee)
 

2012

Western Canadian Music Awards' "World Recording of the Year" (Nominee)
 

2011

Irish Music Awards' "Top Duo in Festival, Pub & Concert" (Winner)
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Instrumental Group of the Year" (Nominee)
Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Young Performer of the Year" (Nominee)
 

2010

Irish Music Awards' "Top Traditional Group in Festival, Pub & Concert" (Winner)
Irish Music Awards' "Best New Irish Music Artist" (Nominee)
 

2009

Canadian Folk Music Awards' "Young Performer of the Year" (Nominee)