If you go
When: Today through Sunday
Where: Appalachian South Folklife Center, Pipestem
Cost: Weekend pass is $30; individual day passes range from $7 to $15
Info: www.culturefestwv.com or 304-425-6425
FYI: Culturefest includes world music and dance, performance art, healing arts, drum circles and artisan vendors.
For a band of seven, Songs of Water sure travels heavy.
That's because they just keep picking up new instruments.
In their efforts to explore world music since forming the group in North Carolina in 2002, band members are open to trying all kinds of sounds and instruments, said Stephen Roach, who plays tenor banjo, acoustic guitar, mandola, mandolin and hammered dulcimer.
"Everyone is multi-instrumental," Roach said.
A trip to a gig, such as the band's stop at Pipestem for a concert as part of Culturefest Saturday evening, can mean taking along 40 instruments.
"It makes loading the van fun," Roach said. "I always say you have to know how to play Tetris to play in this band."