North 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 compositions.
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, as well as Fiona Richie's "Thistle & Shamrock" program, and WNCW's Music Mix with Martin Anderson. Reaching across the ocean, music from the band's sophmore release, "The Sea Has Spoken" has been aired on The UK's "Reach On Air".
Songs of Water has performed on Michael Johnathan's Wood Songs Old Time Radio Show in Lexington, Ky, Black Mountain NC's LEAF Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival as well as shared the stage with mentionable artists as Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, John Mark McMillan, Sounds Familyr Recording Artists Ben + Vesper, and Aradhna.
Currently the band is performing the Southeast and writing material for a fall 2012 release. [+]