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Music Editorial

katied18.jpg Katie (and maties) return!

Teesside’s Katie Doherty released one of the finest folk albums by any north-east artist this century back in 2007 with ‘Bridges’. And – bunting up! – she’s now back with a new band, new album and a special show at Sage Gateshead.

I still return to Katie Doherty’s ‘Bridges’ album on a regular basis as the beautiful melodies it contains are altogether irresistible. It was released back in 2007 but then, nothing. Well, not nothing as it turns out, because Doherty has spent much of her time since then composing and performing music for a string of theatre shows, including work with the RSC and Northern Stage. But when she was working on the acclaimed and award-winning production of ‘Beyond the End of the Road’, for top north-east theatre makers November Club, she was brought together with her now new bandmates – The Navigators – and started to make her own music again. The new album is called ‘And Then’, which, again, features Doherty’s memorable melodies and arresting poetic imagery, but she’s now got a decade’s worth of extra life lived to pour into these songs.

She said: “I certainly wouldn’t have made this album or be out performing again without Shona and Dave [The Navigators]. They are both composers themselves and they both play really instinctively. They definitely elevate the songs with their playing and we write all of the arrangements together. They respond really well to the lyrics and the narrative of a song – which is important and again, music is all about connecting with people and I feel that the three of us all connect when we’re playing and singing. I love hearing them beside me.” I’m sure you will too.

Katie Doherty & The Navigators + Grace Smith & Sam Partridge + Holly Clarke, Thursday 17 January, Sage Two, Sage Gateshead, 8pm, £10. sagegateshead.com