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NEWS: Irish singer-songwriter SOAK shares poignant cover song for Christmas

SOAK - Photo Credit Ellius Grace
24 December 2018

SOAK, AKA Bridie Monds-Watson – Photo Credit: Ellius Grace

Captivating Irish singer-songwriter SOAK, AKA Bridie Monds-Watson recently shared her take on the classic UK holiday song “Driving Home For Christmas,” originally released by Chris Rea.

SOAK also announced intimate U.S. shows in early 2019 where she will showcase new songs with a full band. The short tour, which follows a sold out run of UK dates in November, begins at NYC’s Mercury Lounge on January 30th before wrapping up at Los Angeles’ Moroccan Lounge on February 5th.

Tickets are on sale now HERE . See below for a full itinerary.

SOAK’s Christmas cover follows the mid-October release of her new track “Everybody Loves You” ( with an NPR Music video premiere) via Rough Trade Records. The song, which is her first new material since 2015’s critically-acclaimed debut album Before We Forgot How To Dream, was also featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast. SOAK performed the song — which also debuted as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on BBC Radio 1 — on Ireland’s The Late Late Show in October.

A prodigal young talent, Monds-Watson began her musical journey as SOAK at age 14 when she first wrote the breakout track “Sea Creatures.” Taking her time to develop her craft and complete school, SOAK signed to Rough Trade Records at 18, which released Before We Forgot How To Dream.

One of the Mercury Prize’s youngest-ever nominees, the record earned her praise from The New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, NPR Music, Noisey, NYLON, Bust, The Guardian, NME, and more.

SOAK also performed on Later With Jools Holland and won the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, and the European Border Breaker Award.

With “Driving Home For Christmas” wrapping up a busy 2018 for SOAK, next year will see the release of her much-anticipated second album.

SOAK 2019 Tour Dates
01/30 – New York, NY at Mercury Lounge
02/01 – Philadelphia, PA at Boot & Saddle
02/02 – Washington, DC at Songbyrd
02/05 – Los Angeles, CA at Moroccan Lounge

05/06 – Kendal, UK at Kendal Library
05/10 – Manchester, UK at Band on the Wall
05/11 – Leeds, UK at The Wardrobe
05/12 – Glasgow, UK at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
05/14 – Birmingham, UK at Hare & Hounds
05/15 – Oxford, UK at O2 Academy Oxford
05/16 – Bristol, UK at Thekla
05/17 – London, UK at Islington Assembly Hall
05/19 – Brussels, Belgium at Botanique – Rotonde
05/20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands at Bitterzoet
05/22 – Hamburg, Germany at Prinzebar
05/23 – Berlin, Germany at Privatclub
05/24 – Cologne, Germany at Artheater
05/28 – Cork, IE at Live at St Lukes
05/29 – Limerick, IE at Dolans
05/30 – Dublin, IE at Button Factory
05/31 – Derry, UK at The Glassworks