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Quinn Bachand

Celtic & Swing Guitar; Gypsy Jazz Fiddle

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. 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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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Accompaniment on Celtic Guitar - Level I (Adv Beg/Intermediate): This class will focus on both the left and right hands of the guitarist. We will look at the rhythm and harmony that goes along with fiddle tunes and how you can bring your own personal touch to them. We’ll study feel, chords, and specific time signatures found in the music. 

Accompaniment on Celtic Guitar - Level II (Intermediate/Advanced): This class will build on the information presented above but be aimed at more experienced players and move at a faster pace

Celtic Flatpicking - Level I (Adv Beg/Intermediate): This class will look at the guitar as a solo/melody instrument. We will learn common session tunes in the celtic/fiddle vein that you can jam on.

Celtic Flatpicking – Level II (intermediate/advanced): This class will build on the information presented above but be aimed at more experienced players and move at a faster pace

Gypsy Jazz Guitar (intermediate/advanced): This class will look at the music of Django Reinhardt. We will also discuss the specific right-hand technique that Django developed over his life span, a technique that has been taught to gypsy guitarists for the last 60 years. We’ll take a simple gypsy jazz standard, learn the chords and melody, and work on soloing. 

Gypsy Swing Violin (intermediate/advanced): This class will talk about the swing violin stylings of fiddlers like Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith. We’ll look at a standard swing tune and talk about how to approach soloing over it.