Singer-songwriter, Gillian Welch, and partner David Rawlings are bringing their emotional folk music to Cincinnati!

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings hit the stage at Taft Theatre (317 E 5th St. Cincinnati) this Monday Oct 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The Harrow & The Harvest, Gill and Dave’s new record, is both a product of and is unrelated to those years in-between. Best to forget that. What it is, indisputably, is the product of two people who have become so entwined in one another that the songs and the singing and the playing on this record seems to exude from a single voice. This is the sound of two people in a room, playing to one another, with one another.

This is the sound of the room in which the two people are playing. This is the sound of two voices, locked in unison, locked in harmony. The sound of two people playing live, with no overdubs, and very few takes. Two people making music together as if they were one soul combined.

The record Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have made, tonally, is a new Southern sound, with the sort of songs you wouldn’t be surprised to hear issuing from some verdant, wooded hollow in Appalachia; the sort of songs you’d expect to be sung to soothe unquiet babies. Songs you’d expect to hear hollered from an Asheville grange hall, all too late in the evening. Songs with the wry humor of the back porch. “Dave says this record is ‘ten different kinds of sad’, but it’s not without humor. I feel like there’s a maturity in it and a sense of place that only comes with time.” Gillian continues, “We feel at home in the folk tradition, and using its language combined with our own.” “That’s the whole point of the folk tradition,” laughs Dave. And the language is gorgeous.

Tickets are $29.50 and $37.50 and can be purchased online at https://www.ticketmaster.com/gillian-welch-taft-theatre-cincinnati-oh/venueartist/180341/779073.

Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics.