Irish singer-songwriter Soak, aka Bridie Monds-Watson, derived her name from the phonetic combination of the words ‘soul’ and ‘folk’.
Irish singer-songwriter Soak, aka Bridie Monds-Watson, derived her name from the phonetic combination of the words ‘soul’ and ‘folk’. Contributed

Soak up big Falls Fest acts

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.”

Soak said her creative family inspired her to pick up her first guitar.

She was excited to play Falls, which would mark her first Australian festival.

If her solo tour was anything to go by, she said it should be a great experience.

“It was amazing,” she said.

With extra acts, including Californian rock group Wavves, UK indie rockers The Wombats and Aussie electronic duo Peking Duk added to the line-up this week, Soak said she was keen to check out some of the other talent.

“I’m excited to see a lot of bands,” she said.

“Wavves are a really good band. Foals were one of my favourite bands.”

Soak said her debut album had been well received and had attracted a steadily growing stream of support.

Byron Bay Falls Festival will take place from December 31–January 3.

For further details, visit byron.fallsfestival.com.au.



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