SOAK Set For Jools Holland

Rising Derry songstress to share the stage with global stars on flagship BBC 2 music show next week

Derry singer-songwriter SOAK is no stranger to live television, having first made a name for herself through appearances on RTE's Other Voices series.

Next week, however, the teen sensation will cement her position as one of the UK's most exciting young artists with her debut performance on Later... with Jools Holland.

'Yes,' the 18-year-old musician wrote on her Facebook timeline. 'I died when I heard the news.'

The BBC 2 institution regularly features legendary musicians rubbing shoulders with established world music acts, as well emerging indie, rock, hip hop, electro and pop artists, and over the last 20-odd years has outlasted almost every one of its music television competitors.

SOAK, real name Bridie Monds-Watson, will first feature on the programme this Tuesday, May 12, alongside 'the Modfather' Paul Weller, Atlanta folk artist Father John Misty and more while a second appearance is expected on Friday, May 15.

Meanwhile, SOAK's debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, is due to be released through Rough Trade Records on June 1. Find out why it's one of Culture NI's most hotly-anticipated albums of the year here.

This week the 18-year old posted a cover of St. Vincent's 'Digital Witness', recorded as part of Rookie Magazine's Theme Song series. Speaking of the song, she said: 'I like music that’s entertaining and you can’t tell what the next line is gonna be. (St. Vincent) just makes things that are really interesting, and you can hear something new each time you listen.' Listen below.

SOAK performs on Later... with Jools Holland from 10pm, Tuesday, May 12 on BBC 2 followed by 11.05pm Friday, May 15.