Peregrinations

Peregrinations is an ensemble of parishioners and friends of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, Ottawa.

Their repertoire currently includes traditional Ukrainian tunes, Celtic ballads, jigs, reels, and Canadian and American folk songs. “Galicia”, as a common name for the western region of Ukraine, actually derives from the same root as “Celt” since the Celtic peoples once dwelt there in the course of their “peregrinations”, i.e., wanderings towards the British Isles. Their music is also a “wandering” through different cultures, times and places – from Kyiv to Kilkenny -- one might say, in search of whatever stirs their souls. The membership and instrumentation of the group is fluid, but its base is the duo of Brian A. Butcher (guitar, piano, vocals) and Louise St. Germain (cello).