7:30 pm19:30

Manchester Folk Festival

Katie Doherty’s songs are food for the soul. The award-winning songwriter has toured with Kathryn Tickell, supported Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Karine Polwart, Ray Davies and Nitin Sawhney, and composed music for theatre shows for companies like the RSC and Northern Stage.


Her latest project, Katie Doherty and The Navigators, is a collaboration with two fellow North-East-based musicians:


Fiddler Shona Mooney is a former winner of BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and founder member of folk supergroup The Shee. Her playing soars across any melody and enchants all in her path. 


On melodeon is the smiliest man in Folk, Dave Gray. Tutored by the master of melodeon, Andy Cutting, Dave lends his infectious energy and joy to any music he touches.


Together, the trio’s sound is much bigger than its component parts. The positivity in the music is contagious and their shows are intimate and joyful.


Be prepared for the Navigators to stay with you.

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8:00 pm20:00

And Then Album Launch @ Sage Gateshead

Katie Doherty and The Navigators were friends re-united, brought together to tour Beyond the End of The Road – a musical composed by Katie and produced by November Club. They recognised a spark which was fuelled during a Summer Studio’s residency at Sage Gateshead in 2017. This concert marks the official release of their first album together ‘And Then’ which will also be Katie’s long awaited second album. Often sounding much bigger than their three piece, they produce a powerful, passionate and emotive sound, sure to swell your heart and get it singing. 

Fresh from their artist residency at Sage Gateshead, Sam Partridge (English Concertina) and Grace Smith (Fiddle) bring an explorative approach to traditional English music. Being equally at home unearthing old tunes from the archives as they are in composing new additions to the repertoire, Sam and Grace are excited about this new duo and look forward to sharing their music with you.

After reaching the semi finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2016 and a residency at Sage Gateshead’s Summer Studios in 2018, Coniston’s Holly Clarke is set to take the folk world by storm, singing both traditional and original songs with her unforgettable voice.

Holly Clarke said: “_As a traditional singer and musician, having this platform to perform is so important. The folk scene in the North East has a strong following and exposing my music to that scene is really going to help me in my career. Sage Gateshead has been a big part of my education in folk music, so it’s special to be a part of this and working closer with them.”_

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