SNOW Patrol frontman, Gary Lightbody has been gushing with praise about a Londonderry teenager.
Bridie Monds-Watson, a music student in the North West Regional College, is making a splash in music both in the UK and Ireland - and will support Snow Patrol at their sold-out upcoming Belfast concert.
On social media site, twitter, Gary Lightbody, whose parents come from Londonderry, has been raving about SOAK, tweeting: “Thank God for Soak. Who has ever been this good aged 16?”
The Prehen teenager has gone from strength to strength following the release of her second EP ‘Sea Creatures’. She has been confirmed as one of the artists to perform at the prestigious ‘Other Voices’ festival in its birth place of Dingle, Co Kerry alongside acts such as Villagers, Paul Buchanan and The Unthanks. Not only this but SOAK has been rushed off her feet playing gigs all around the place including McHughs and Black Box in Belfast.
She also preformed on BBC’s Children in Need just last month. Despite only picking up a guitar two years ago and having limited singing experience SOAK’s first EP ‘Trains’ won her a Northern Ireland up and coming talent competition which helped fund ‘Sea Creatures’.
SOAK has also gained some famous fans such as Gary Lightbody who also tweeted that she was an “unbelievable talent, not just for a 16 year old but for anyone at all”, and telling fans that they need to hear some of her music on Youtube.
Snow Patrol have confirmed that SOAK is to support them at their gig in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on December 23rd which is sold out. With fans like this it is no wonder Radio 1 have acknowledged her as one of their Up and Coming Artists. This meant that SOAK’s songs were played on all DJ’s shows, opening her up to a new nationwide audience. SOAK also spoke live with Huw Edwards and Fearne Cotten who described her as “lovely.”
It is fair to assume that with her incredible talent SOAK will soon be the next big thing to emerge from the city. To get a listen to SOAK and follow her gigs see her on Facebook www.facebook.com/soakoffical or follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/soakderry. SOAK’s music is also available to download on iTunes.