Katie Doherty and the Navigators
£12 in advance, £14 on the door
Back in 2007, Doherty became an award-winning songwriter, and released her debut solo album Bridges to much acclaim – including airplay from BBC Radio 2 – leading her to share stages with the likes of Karine Polwart, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and Ray Davies.
The Navigators emerged after the success of November Club’s rural touring musical Beyond The End of the Road, for which Katie composed the score. The Witham audience loved the performance in July 2018, playing to a sold out audience in July 2018, with the support of Northern Heartlands.
Shona Mooney on fiddle and vocals (The Shee, former BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the year) and Dave Gray on melodeon and vocals (Världens Band) elevate Katie’s songs, and the trio often sound much bigger than a three.
New roles as composer for many Northern Stage productions, as well as MD for a Royal Shakespeare Company production, may have slowed her output but they have also broadened her knowledge and love for music.
Much of Doherty’s new album is rooted in her keen observation of the concept of change. Whether the focus be on the changing seasons, life circumstances, the passage of time, or the shifting of social attitudes and behaviour, on And Then we see Doherty shine a light on how it feels to be part of a world that can be hard.
“This is lovely!” – Mark Radcliffe
“Hers is an ascent worth following… and then some.” – Folk Radio
“Real life has rarely sounded as good.” – NARC Magazine
“And Then, well, play it again. It’s an album of great musicianship to bring you joy and was well worth waiting for” – ArtsDesk.com