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Songs of Water


Songs of Water at The Festival of GnarniaNorth Carolina’s Songs of Water has been creating music together since 2002, yet their distinct and evocative sound carries roots from the most ancient of cultures. This seven-piece ensemble delicately blends instrumentation from across the globe in a uniquely American context. The uncommon use of the hammered dulcimer melodically leads many of the group’s instrumental pieces, followed by the resonance of various acoustic instruments and a brooding foundation of heavy percussion. Layers of orchestral strings and sparse vocals create a cinematic appeal to the otherwise raw expression of musical composition.

Songs of Water has independently released two full-length albums to date which have been met with considerable praise. The band has been featured on NPR’s “The State of Things”, Fiona Richie’s “Thistle & Shamrock”, and WNCW’s Music Mix with Martin Anderson. Reaching across the ocean, music from the band’s sophomore release, “The Sea Has Spoken”, has been aired on the U.K. radio show “Reach On Air”.

Songs of Water has performed on Michael Johnathan’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Show in Lexington, KY, The LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC, and Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, and has shared the stage with artists such as bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, John Mark McMillan, Sounds Familyr recording artists Ben + Vesper, and Aradhna.

Currently the band is performing in the Southeast and writing material for a fall 2012 release.