Young Derry singer/songwriter SOAK, aka Bridie Monds-Watson released her first EP, Trains in March 2012. Described as the “epitome of raw, untamed talent” , Trains received widespread critical acclaim. Soak’s second EP, Sea Creatures was launched at the beginning of August, and has already been making waves in the local and national music scene. SOAK filled the acoustic tent at Glasgowbury ’12 where “she captivated her audience with songs such as ‘Snow’ and ‘Numb’…highlights of a catalogue of finely crafted songs filled with a truth and understanding of how life works that belie her young age” , while the London Mirror has described her as “a hotly-tipped prospect, her style has already been compared to that of Lisa Hannigan, matching her voice in pureness…” . SOAK/Bridie was born in Belfast, but grew up in Derry. She began her musical career playing the open mic’ nights at Café del Mondo, before being ‘discovered’ via the Jammhouse sofa sessions in early 2012.
Since then she has won the NI Chordblossom ‘Double A Side’ competition, and gigged extensively. Recent performances include the Jammhouse, the launch of the City of Culture Program, supporting the Undertones in Belfast’s Custom House Square during the Cathedral Arts Festival, the Legenderry Clipper Festival, Glasgowbury, Linkfest, the Stendhal festival and many more. As Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio) comments, “she manifests great talent the way that zebras wear stripes.”