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The Musicians

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Charles Furtado


Charles first came to appreciate rhythm through years of tap dance. He was the on drumline throughout high school and college, eventually becoming a member of Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps.


 In the past few years, Charles has developed a love for hand percussion from all over the world.


He enjoys studying the music of West Africa, The Middle East & South America in his free time.

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David Matters


Vocals | Songwriter |



David has been writing original music for over twelve years.

His style and lyrical content has varied widely during this journey but his aim has never wavered-to create music straight from the heart and to maintain an authentic voice.

His roots were initially planted in the punk and hardcore music scene of the North East, but over the years his interests have migrated and currently rest in the fertile soil of traditional folk styles from around the world.


With a focus on trance-inducing, fingerstyle guitar and melodies that contain flavors of Africa and the Middle East, David's songwriting has a dark edge but a wonderfully uplifting finish. 

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Megan Drollinger

Vocals | Violin

A 7th generation fiddle player originating from the heartland. Influenced by her father and sister, she began her musical journey at the age of four.


In her travels, she found that whether playing Swedish folk music or Cumbia, the most important aspect of music-making was listening intently. Throughout the years she has enjoyed exploring music from all over the world.


Blending her technical skill and knowledge with her love of traditional folk music, she strives to create a rich sound with informed harmonies that remind the listener of their true nature.

About Life Like Water

Life Like Water is the creation of multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, David Matters. It was initially started as a way for him to process his turbulent past and navigate an uncertain future, but it has since evolved into a communal effort to celebrate the human experience. 


Though the compass of the project once pointed in the direction of folk and Americana music, things inevitably began to change when he met his bandmates. 


Megan Drollinger (violin/vocals), Charles Furtado (percussion), and most recently, Connell Sanderson (flute/Irish whistles) have slowly joined the band over the four years since its creation and have shifted its course with their collective talents. Each member brought with them a unique musical background which has contributed to the blending of styles that the band has become known for. 


“Like an indie folk Khruangbin.” 

-TAXI A&R Company


“A beautiful tapestry of sounds. They accomplish a lot with very little ingredients - serving up a Pot Luck of soothing melodies, progressions and rhythms."
-Dan Rodriguez (Elephant Revival)


“This is definitely some of the most creative, beautiful, and original music I have heard in a while."

-Drew McManus (Satsang)


With a focus on hypnotic rhythms, elegant vocal harmonies, and melodies that contain flavors of Africa, Ireland and the Middle East, the music of this eclectic quartet is sure to uplift and inspire. 

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