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Sage Gateshead



Katie Doherty and The Navigators

with Dave Gray & Grace Smith


Part of Storytellers


Katie Doherty formed the Navigators in 2018. In this show at Sage Gateshead she will be joined by Dave Gray on melodeon and Grace Smith on fiddle.

Their power and dynamic is often described as much bigger than its component parts. Katie’s songs hang on the precipice of the current state of the world. There is enormous heart filled hope but there is much riding on where we go from here. The songs paint sweeping pictures and intricate portraits of NHS Workers, Musicians, Teachers, Artists, Protesters and Parents. They are rooted in a craggy North East landscape looking outwards across the sea, with a telescopic lens pointing firmly up, out and forward to the best future possible.

Listen for echoes of Regina Spektor, Nancy Kerr, Guy Garvey and Anais Mitchell all of whose influence can be found within the sound of FLOW. The music exudes heart, warmth and melody which leaves you feeling up-lifted and welcomed. Their new album FLOW produced by Mattie Foulds (Karine Polwart, Rachel Newton, Adam Holmes and The Embers) is due for release Summer 2022. Their 2019 album And Then led them to live sessions on BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe Show and BBC Radio 3 In-Tune. They toured nationally taking in Sage Gateshead, Cambridge Folk Festival, Manchester Folk Festival and Cheltenham Festival to name a few.

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“Hers is an ascent worth following… and then some.”Folk Radio

“And Then is a timely interval, a brief moment if respite, an oasis of tranquillity… thankfully there are those in the world who have the foresight to take stock and recognise what’s important”FATEA Magazine

“The band is unafraid and shines light on the dark as they delve into a deeper concept of song writing and do well to make it exciting and profound. ‘And Then’ is poetic, original and brings a traditional folk style into the 21st Century”Maverick Magazine

“And Then, well, play it again. It’s an album of great musicianship to bring you joy and was well worth waiting for”

ℹ️ Useful Information

7.30pm – Doors
8pm – 8.45pm
Set one
9.15pm – 10pm
Set two
Please note timings are subject to change.

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Join Katie Doherty and the Navigators on stage!

Katie Doherty and the Navigators are looking for singers of any age and experience to join as the chorus of backing singers for this show. You don’t need to be able to read music or have any experience of being in a choir – just enjoy taking part in musical activity and be able to attend all rehearsals on the following dates:

Thursday 28 April, 7 – 9pm
Thursday 5 May, 7 – 9pm
Thursday 12 May, 7 – 9pm
Friday 13 May (soundcheck & concert), 7.30pm

Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to take part, please email [email protected]