Sound Advice: Cincinnati-Based Turtledoves to Serve Lush Harmonies at MOTR Pub

The synth and guitar duo recently completed its first full-length album.

click to enlarge Turtledoves - Photo: Devin R. Glista
Photo: Devin R. Glista
Turtledoves

If you want to immerse yourself in songs bursting with lush harmonies and sweeping cinematic sounds, make your way to MOTR Pub.

Turtledoves, a synth and guitar duo from Cincinnati comprised of Alex and Ashley McGrath, pride themselves on enveloping their live audience in musical colors and textures, taking the listener on a moody yet uplifting journey.

Drawing inspiration from artists like Radiohead, Broadcast, Angel Olsen, traditional folk music from around the world and even the physical landscapes around them – from childhood homes to the city of Cincinnati – Turtledoves creates a truly unique sound that is both intellectual and entertaining.

Turtledoves has recently completed its first full-length album, with a release date to be determined. It will be the follow-up to the band’s six-song EP masterpiece, Pillars of the Earth, released in 2020. The duo also just wrapped up a live music video, filmed and recorded in a church in Michigan and featuring tracks from the forthcoming release. A tour supporting the record is also in the works.

Hailing from Illinois and Michigan, the McGraths, now married for more than twelve years, met while performing with the band The Soil and the Sun. Having made several stops in Cincinnati while touring with their former group, they found themselves drawn to Cincy’s people, atmosphere and local music scene, all of which eventually brought them to the decision to make Cincinnati their home.

Turtledoves play MOTR Pub at 10 p.m. Oct. 16. Patzy will open the show. There are no known COVID-19 protocols in place for the event. Info: motrpub.com.

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