Katie Doherty 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 up-lifted and welcomed. Their new album ‘FLOW’ has been produced by Mattie Foulds (Karine Polwart, Rachel Newton, Adam Holmes and The Embers) and is due for release Summer 2022, Katie describes it as their boldest story telling yet.
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.
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.
FLOW has also prompted the development of an accompanying multi-media theatre show in co-production with Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle. Katie and the Navigators explore the flow of creativity and how we inspire artistic responses in one another, with members of their local community and award winning playwright Laura Lindow to produce a truly unique piece of gig-theatre. This is a natural progression for Katie who has worked with theatre companies such as the RSC, Northern Stage, November Club and Open Clasp for many years. FLOW the theatre show will premiere in Winter 2022.