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Katie Doherty and the Navigators

Originally from Teesside, Katie Doherty is a unique singer and song writer. She formed the Navigators to explore the depth and strength that three players could bring to her award winning songs. What was unexpected in this combination was the power and dynamic which is often described as much bigger than its component parts. Katie’s songs are visceral in their story-telling and the music is brimming with textures, many reminiscent of her home on a hill farm in the North Pennines. Like it’s players, these songs exude heart, warmth and melody which leave you feeling uplifted and welcomed.


Their 2019 album ‘And Then’ received high critical acclaim which led to live sessions on BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe Show and BBC Radio 3 In-Tune. They toured nationally and graced the stages of Sage Gateshead, Cambridge Folk Festival, Manchester Folk Festival and Cheltenham Festival to name a few.


Their new album FLOW was released in Summer 2022 and quickly entered the Official Folk Chart Top 30. The songs on FLOW feel like they 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 echos of Regina Spektor, Nancy Kerr, Guy Garvey and Anais Mitchell all of whose influence can be found within the sound of FLOW. During the making of FLOW, Katie explored the concept of creative flow and the ways in which we inspire artistic responses in one another through a community response project in her local communities.


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