Today in Dublin, at RTÉ 2fm’s Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene, the Irish artist SOAK was announced as the sixth winner of the 2016 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), the European music awards for emerging artists.

SOAK is the alter ego of singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson. She is only 19 but she already knows what she wants in life: to make music. She was barely out of school when she released her acclaimed debut album, ‘Before We Forget How To Dream’ through the music label Rough Trade. Despite her age, SOAK radiates maturity on a collection which showcases the beauty of her intimate, folk-tinged vocals.

‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ is a snapshot of SOAK’s formative years, growing up in Northern Ireland, touching on themes of isolation, the joys and fears of adolescence, family troubles and the future. Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, SOAK has been a rising star in her hometown of Derry since the age of 14.