Musician Finn Doherty becomes patron of Norwich venue The Garage
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Musician Finn Doherty has become patron of a Norwich venue that he credits with helping to launch his career.
The singer-songwriter was part of The Garage's Musicians' Development Programme for three years, and now hopes to give something back to the Chapel Field North venue that helped him become the musician he is today.
'I'm really looking forward to continuing my work with The Garage as a patron for them,' he said.
'I'm very passionate about the work they do, particularly with young people; encouraging and supporting them in building careers within artistic industries and offering them exciting opportunities. They've provided me with a lot of help and advice in the last three years, and I certainly wouldn't be the artist I am today without them.'
Mr Doherty, who was the headline act for Meltdown Live at The Waterfront, in Norwich, earlier this month, describes himself as an alternative singer/songwriter whose is music influences include Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, KT Tunstall and Lucy Rose. Originally from London, he moved to Norwich in 2014 and now divides his time between the two cities, performing at an array of events.
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He released his latest single - Where Do We Go? - at the end of last year on Spotify and iTunes.
Carrie Mansfield, creative director at The Garage, said: 'Finn is an incredibly talented young man who we met through our Musicians' Development Programme in 2014. Since then we have had the privilege of supporting Finn's talent, passion and dedication to his music. We have watched him grow into the fantastic artist that he is today and we look forward to supporting him in the coming years. As our patron, Finn will be advocating for our charitable work which focuses on ensuring young people from all walks of life, regardless of background or circumstance are able to access positive, life enhancing performing arts activity.'
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Carl Cole, a Norwich based musician and music leader at The Garage, added: 'Finn is one of the most incredibly talented young people I have ever met. He has a real passion and dedication to music, he is constantly looking to innovate and find new ways to develop his craft. It's an exciting opportunity for Finn to be a patron and a face for The Garage and great for us to be able to continue to support him as he develops his artistry.'