Out of 3200 entries for Indie Music Reviewer magazine's Acoustic issue Songs of Water is ranked the best of the best. To view the top 25 and receive a compilation of all these artists for free click here.
"With seven different writers and composers, one can bet you will never hear the same sound twice. They are the kind of band you just have to hear to understand the brilliance behind the music."
-Kerriann Curtis, Indie Music Reviewer
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.
Songs of Water will be performing the Wild Goose Festival at Shakori Hills (NC), June 21-24. Friday at 7pm on the Performance Cafe stage. Link for tickets
Elisa Rose - violin/vocals
Jason Windsor - Guitar, Percussion, mandolin, Electric Guitar
Luke Skaggs - Banjo, Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Violin, Lap Steel, Saz
Stephen Roach - Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, mandolin, Tenor Banjo, hammered dulcimer, mandola
Greg Willette - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion
Michael Pritchard - Drums, Guitar, Percussion, hammered dulcimer
Jon Kliegle - piano, Violin, flutes, Accordian