This powerhouse duo returned to Powell River after their sold-out house concert in 2013 to another sold-out concert. This was the last stop on their 2015 summer tour and they got a rousing reception from the 70 people who came our to Cranberry Hall to see them. After the show they raved about our audience and were thrilled to have sold 26 copies of their CD’s including their latest Little Hinges.
A classically-trained violinist, Qristina’s fiddle skills shine with beautiful tone and passionate delivery. She began her musical journey at the age of six with classical violin lessons through the Suzuki Violin Method, and quickly took an interest in Folk fiddle. As a teen, Qristina was a top member of Daniel Lapp’s B.C. Fiddle Orchestra, performing at major local events. Over the years, Qristina has received numerous regional and national awards, trophies and scholarships for her fiddling, including full scholarships to study Irish fiddle at Ceili Camp (Harrison Hot Springs) and Cape Breton fiddle at the Gaelic College (Cape Breton). She has also immersed herself in the Scottish and Irish fiddle traditions while touring and performing in those countries, including performances at Speyfest in Scotland, Feakle Traditional Music Festival in Ireland and a featured performance spot at the 2009 Tullamore Fleadh Concert stage (All Ireland Championships).
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 and is currently on a full scholarship to Berklee’s school of music in Boston.
Quinn is also the frontman of gypsy jazz band Brishen, playing lead guitar, violin and tenor banjo. With its virtuosity and soul, Brishen is much more than a Django-esque cover band. Brishen recreates the magic of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France for an unforgettable musical experience, and in the process brings gypsy jazz into the 21st century and to a whole new generation of discerning music lovers.
Date: Saturday August 15th, 7:30 pm
Location: Cranberry Hall, Powell River
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 at the door. Available at Rockit Music and Breakwater Books.