Steeplejack Music [Release date 25.01.19]

Katie Doherty released her debut album ‘Bridges’ in 2007, which picked up glowing reviews and airplay on BBC Radio 2. Since then Katie Doherty has been involved as a composer for Northern Stage productions, along with being the musical director for a RSC production. Now she returns with her second album, one that has the theme of change as its main lyrical focus.

As well as singing Katie Doherty plays piano and sansula and she is joined by Shona Mooney on fiddle and Dave Gray on melodeon and vocals.  Various other guests add backing vocals, cello and double bass.

She has a wonderfully emotive and haunting vocal, be it on the lively opener ‘I’ll Got Out’ or on yhe one traditional song on here ‘Polska’, where she hits high notes with ease adding to the swirling fiddle.

‘Heartbeat Ballroom’ (specially commissioned by Wallsend Memorial Hall for the reopening of their ballroom) is a marvellous piece of nostalgia, telling the tale of two teenagers on a special dance date.

The album’s highlight comes at the end with ‘We Burn’. It starts simply with Katie Doherty’s vocals and a plucked violin, before the melodeon joins in. Then we have the chorus, a rousing piece where the cast of ‘Beyond The End Of The Road’ join in. A fine example of modern folk music.

Hopefully Katie Doherty will be able to support this album with live shows and we can only hope she can find time to make more music like this. Folk music is in good hands with performers like Katie Doherty and her musical cohorts. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

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