Ukrainians around the world have inherited the gift of song as part of their cultural wealth. The “raison d’etre” of the Cheremshyna Ensemble has always been to preserve and promote Ukrainian music and to share this priceless heritage with Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians, alike. Cheremshyna concerts have demonstrated that the beauty of Ukrainian song transcends the language barrier and appeals to all audiences as the rhythms, haunting melodies, and enchanting harmonies address themselves to the listeners’ hearts.
The Cheremshyna Ensemble began as a trio but along the way it grew to include more people. Musicians became part of the ensemble, bringing with them their own special talents. Of particular significance are two gifted Montreal musicians who were part of the Ensemble from 1988 to 1992 – Mark Bednarczyk, guitarist, and Bill Kinal, accordionist.