SOAK at The Little Museum of Dublin (Review & Photos)
SOAK at The Little Museum of Dublin – April 3rd 2013
Following confirmation that she has signed a publishing deal with international record label Universal last month, sixteen year old Bridie Monds-Watson, better known as SOAK, took to the stage for two sold out headline shows in The Little Museum of Dublin.
Having picked up her first guitar just over three years ago, this Derry-born singer songwriter is already being hailed as a musical prodigy, with fans such as Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody praising her “unbelievable talents”. Completely un-phased by this attention, SOAK exudes charisma and is entirely humble, a trait that only adds to her charm. Tonight, April 3rd, she takes to a tiny wooden podium under an archway joining two rooms of The Little Museum of Dublin. Lit only by a singular standing lamp next to the stage, SOAK plays her second intimate sell out gig of the week. The unusual venue lends itself to both SOAK’s vocals and personality. The acoustics of the room are surprisingly superb and SOAK’s distinctively enthralling vocals, steeped in a soft Northern Irish accent, resonate throughout the room. The intimate setting also aids to Bridie Monds-Watson onstage persona, which is exceptionally chill for a teenager. She is flawlessly charming all night, even breaking into a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for one of her twitter followers present.
SOAK is the apex of upcoming young Irish singer songwriters at the moment. The purity of her voice, subdued yet atmospheric guitar melodies and surprising lyrical weight come together to result in a singer songwriter who is causing quite a stir amongst the Irish music scene ever since the release of her second EP “Sea Creatures”. What is so astonishing about SOAK is the fact that some of these songs in her set, that carry such lyrical weight and depth, were written when she was merely twelve years old.
Having played over 100 gigs in the past year, SOAK displays the worth of live gig experience, coming to the stage completely unnerved in such an intimate venue and playing and amazingly gripping set of songs from both of her EPs. SOAK concludes her set, sitting cross-legged on the tiny wooden podium with a stunning and completely unplugged rendition of Bon Iver’s cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”.
If Bridie Monds-Watson is anything to go by, high hope can be held for the future of Irish music. An artist whose live shows are truly an experience, SOAK is not an act to be missed or overlooked this year.
SOAK’s second EP “Sea Creatures” is currently available to buy on iTunes.
Review and photos by Laur Ryan