Quotes and Reviews
Out of the Blue Album Review
“Like any band or musician gearing up to release a new album with any kind of fanfare in 2020, for young Quin Etheridge-Pedden – now operating under the moniker Quin with One N – with this godforsaken virus situation things obviously could not go as hoped or envisaged. The best-laid plans o’ mice an’ men, and all that, but considering that this super-talented young fellow comes over as pragmatic and unflappable, he made the most of the crazy situation in launching his second full-length release, Out of the Blue, with an audience-less livestream at the Duncan Showroom on Vancouver Island, on May 1st, which just happened to be his 18th birthday.
Regardless of his youth, as this first collection of entirely original material emphatically illustrates, in terms of musicianship and compositional prowess this cool-headed prodigy is maturing at an astonishing pace, and not for nothing was he recently accepted into Berklee College of Music. Following his 2018 debut, on this second album Etheridge-Pedden was keen to display his capabilities not only as a competent writer but, alongside his skills on the fiddola, also his chops on acoustic guitar, so it’s on six strings that the Davy Graham-esque title track opens the album. Like the whole record, it’s an instrumental, and in keeping with the rest of the material on this lovely album, it’s of a Celtic bent at heart. That said, certain tracks – particularly Phthalo Me and The Grass is Always Bluer – bear a distinct jazz inflection, a feature and quality expressed in the music of one of this young man’s notable influences, the late Oliver Schroer.”
Embark Album Review
“This accomplished fiddler (and guitarist) is just 15 years-old, and on the evidence of his first album, Embark (could there be a better title for a debut?), the young musician is heading for a sparkling career. Hailing from the 3,600-plus community of Lantzville on Vancouver Island, Etheridge-Pedden is under the guidance and tutelage of his nurturing parents (his photographer mother, Kelli, being responsible for Embark’s CD packaging) and Nanaimo’s Trish and Geoff Horrocks, founders of Cross Canada Fiddle. Considering Etheridge-Pedden received a Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) nomination for Young Performer of the Year in 2017, between them they are doing quite some job on ushering this precocious talent into the spotlight.
The teenage fiddler is already on record as stating that he hopes to further his music education by attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., the elite centre of learning whose Canadian fiddle alumnae and alumni include April Verch, Ivonne Hernandez (Fiddlemania, The Fretless) and Adam Iredale-Gray (Aerialists, Fish & Bird). If all goes according to his hopes and aspirations, the name Quin Etheridge-Pedden may well, like the esteemed musicians above, one day be referenced in a future FRUK review of a promising young fiddler’s debut album.”
David Morrison, Folk Radio UK www.folkradio.co.uk/2018/02/quin-etheridge-pedden-embark/
Concert Review – Quin Etheridge-Pedden and Tai McGillivray concert on Denman Island
“As the first note of ‘Indiana Firefly’ played, it was evident to me that there was immense chemistry between the two musicians, playing with ten times the confidence that they spoke. This showcase received great feedback from the audience, who were simultaneously both focused, and bobbing their heads along to the tunes of the fiddle and mandolin.
While the pieces progressed, both Tai and Quin became more playful. Quin incorporated his fiddle skills through live looping, and introduced his guitar playing, adding many layers to the performance.”
Chili Leblanc-Wulff, The Islands Grapevine
“He is energetic, enthusiastic and determined to be a success. From his perspective, the greatest part of being able to perform is the love and joy of the music. His face broke into the biggest grin as he explained, “I want people to be able to enjoy my music, but I don’t expect them to do that if I’m not enjoying performing it.”
Nick Sitter, Standard Guide Advocate, Lambton Shores
“Quin brought his easy-going energy, confident musicality and very importantly – his ability to be well prepared and spontaneously creative at the same time. A pleasure to work with.”
Anthony Maki, Sound Engineer Etched in Sound
“Quin is a very creative individual who loves to be challenged. His thirst for musical knowledge and his desire to work hard to create new musical ideas is awe inspiring. I expect Quin will motivate players of all ages to want to play their fiddle when they see him perform. It has been a honour to have mentored him during his early years! “
Geoff Horrocks Cross Canada Fiddle
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