Soak is the pseudonym of  Bridie Monds-Watson.
Soak is the pseudonym of Bridie Monds-Watson. Contributed

Soul and folk meet in her voice

IRISH musician Soak, aka Bridie Monds-Watson, toured Australia for the first time in April.

In a few months' time, the 18-year-old will be back on our shores for the Falls Festival.

From the age of 11, Soak was writing her own songs and recording them on poor-quality microphones.

She would send her recordings away in the hope she would be noticed.

While her stage name is a mash-up of "soul" and "folk", she maintains her music doesn't really fit into a concrete genre.

The result is a beautifully crafted form of musical storytelling, inspired by a plethora of other musicians and poets.

A strong work ethic from an early age has helped Soak get noticed.

She released her debut album, Before We Forget How to Dream, in May this year.

"I started writing music when I was about 12 or 14," she said.

"It all came together quite naturally when I was about 15."

At the Valley Stage at Falls Festival Byron Bay on Saturday, January 2, from 2pm.



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