Before the age of 12, Haley Richardson and Quinn Bachand were each touring with some of the leading artists in the Celtic music world, winning awards and recognition nationally and internationally. Their immersion in Celtic and American roots music is palpable through their instrumental mastery and together, they bring a passionate, youthful energy to this fiddle tradition, leaving their audience in a state of nostalgic bliss.
Haley Richardson’s fiddling lures her audience into an alternate dimension with her powerful yet subtle style that is reminiscent of sounds from your old well-played Bothy Band tape.
This dynamic young fiddler began making her mark in the Irish music world when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 age category at only six years old. Since then she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed across North America, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. With her highly ornamented Sligo style, Haley is the 2018 Fiddler of Dooney, 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs, and 2017 All Ireland U15 Champion in fiddle slow airs. In addition to multiple All Ireland medals, she is a 9X Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Champion.
Quinn Bachand’s multi-instrumentation beautifully compliments Haley’s fiddling as he shape-shifts from the guitar stylings of the late Michael O’Domnhaill to the high-energy banjo playing of Charlie Pigott of the original DeDannan. Although Quinn plays a range of styles that include jazz and bluegrass, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that have drawn the most attention. 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.
A Berklee College of Music alum, and Presidential Scholar, Quinn has toured internationally for many years, performing in an award winning duo with sister Qristina Bachand as well as with many of the world’s top Celtic music artists, including 3X Juno Award winning Ashley MacIsaac, Cape Breton’s Natalie MacMaster, and Grammy-nominated Jeremy Kittel.
Quinn has a deep understanding of North American folk fiddling as well as Irish traditional music. He is also the founder and archivist of the BCOTMP (BC Old-time Music Project), and is working with Canada Council for the Arts to preserve the old-time fiddling of his home province, British Columbia.
The Chenango Sessions, hosted by Andru Bemis, is a weekly, one-hour radio program which primarily features world-class musicians playing in intimate spaces—living rooms, galleries, and listening rooms—for small, enthusiastic audiences around Binghamton, New York. Audiences and artists are encouraged to interact, and the spirit of the live show is preserved in the radio program and recordings.
Due to the intimate nature of the venues, not all Chenango Sessions are public events. If no address is listed, it’s probably a show in a private home. But don’t let that stop you! You can subscribe to our periodic email newsletter (this is definitely the best way to always know what’s going on), check the performer’s website, or get details from an acquaintance, family member, or other guest.
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Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a potluck dinner. Don’t feel that you must bring a dish or drink to attend; there’s plenty to go around. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. and will continue until 9:30 or so. Feel free to stay and visit after the performance, and don’t be afraid to arrive late or leave early if your schedule requires it.
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We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!