Walking out onto a dimly lit stage, Sean Doherty stands alone. Picking up his guitar he turns to the audience and says, Hi guys, Im Sean, Im from Maryland, and Ive never heard of me either. This is how Doherty starts all of his performances and it seems to be catching on. Unique songs that tell his life story capture the audiences attention for the hour long set. A natural story teller; Sean shares his travels, failures, triumphs, and investigations into the human experience. By the end of the night, the crowd at Denvers Ogden Theatre has not only been introduced to new music, they have also met a new friend, and that has been Dohertys goal all along.
Growing up in Annapolis Maryland exposed the young Doherty to a variety of different music styles that would later influence his own compositions. The shores of the Severn River serve as home to many of Dohertys tunes, both during his time as a child and later as a midshipman at the US Naval Academy.
You wouldnt know it upon seeing him in Birkenstocks, jeans, and a t-shirt, but Sean attended the Academy for three years. Leaving Annapolis for the University of Maryland, Sean worked hard to develop his craft and branch out into the college market. Many weekends were spent driving up and down the east coast playing colleges and coffee shops, which eventually led to opening gigs with Howie Day, Carbon Leaf, and Bens Bones.
2005 presented Sean with the opportunity to record for the first time on a professional level. That winter Many Things was recorded at Mill Creek Studio in Annapolis, Maryland. Under the watchful eye of producer Noel White (Dashboard Confessional, Art Garfunkle, Herbie Hancock), Sean was able to introduce himself to the world market with songs like Jimmy Lovell, Many Things, and Blue. The album also included two live radio tracks that gave the listener a better idea of Dohertys performance style. Many Things was a catalyst that launched Sean into larger venues, and bigger crowds.
2006 saw the release of Shamrocker a collection of B sides and unreleased acoustic versions of several of Doherty's songs. The album lacked the polish of Many Things and that was the original intention. Most of the songs were one off live takes that were never intended to be released, but upon the urging of friends and fans Shamrocker came into being.
2007 found Doherty back on the road touring the east coast. In February Sean had the pleasure of being stuck on the runway in a plane for 6 hours while attempting to get to Portland Maine to play a show at Bates College. Sadly the plane never left the ground, but Sean did make CNN News as a disgruntled Jetblue Passenger.
In May of 2007 Sean relocated to Denver Colorado where he began work on a new material. Colorado presented Sean with a new challenge. No one west of the Mississippi had ever heard Fat Guy In a Little Coat, let alone heard of Sean Doherty. Always the optimist, Sean dove head first into the local music scene, opening for Pete Yorn, and appearing at several venues throughout the Denver/Boulder area.
August 2008 saw Doherty headed to the suburbs of Philadelphia's Main Line. Never happy with staying in one place for too long, Sean enjoyed being bakc to his familiar roots, playing the colleges and coffeehouses of the east coast.
In May 2010 Sean moved to a loft in an old corset factory in Bridgeport CT. Living in such a large space provded amazing acoutics for writing songs.
Currently Sean lives in New York City's Upper East Side, where he is working on material for a new album. More word to follow on the recording process and expected release date.
Walking onstage at the World Café in Philadelphia Doherty says, Hi guys, Im Sean, Im from Maryland, and Ive never heard of me either. Members of the audience shout song requests and Doherty smiles. Apparently the word is out.
I was in a band called Red Cabbage. We formed in high school with myself, Chris Chappelear, Tim Gilbert, and Pat Edwards. We played our own stuff that was similar to Guster. Red Cabbage would eventually evolve into a new line up with Chappelear and Edwards being replaced by Brian Grueter on bass and John Perfetto on drums. We played some cool shows together but the band eventually fell apart. I played in a cover band with some guys from high school called American Standard. That was a good time for about a year, but I eventually was pushed out due to reasons that are still unclear to me. Those guys are all still in Annnapolis, playing the same bars, working the same day jobs. I breifly played in an Celtic Rock Band in Phailadelphia called O'Farrelly's Whiskey. Tim Gilbert and I played as a duo for a few years and had a good time, but that too came to an end and now I play solo across the country.
I play all over the country. Special moments include opening for Carbon Leaf, Howie Day, and Pete Yorn. Other than that the only thing I can think of is a gig I played in Lewsiton Maine at Bates College. It was cold and gray and I played for a small crowd that just wans't into what I was playing. Probably the roughest gig that I ever played. What made it cool was after the show when the venue manager told me that I played a great set and then took me out for drinks. Beer in Maine was a good time.
Guster, Matt Nathanson, Carbon Leaf, Jarflys, Dave Matthews, Great Big Sea, Ryan Adams
I play Martin and Fender acoustic guitars with Fishman Electronics. I use D'addario strings.