The 2015 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ in association with BBC Music were announced on Friday 16 October.
“This year’s Mercury Prize shortlist includes seven debut albums and it celebrates artists from every stage of their careers”, says Simon Frith, Chair of Judges. “These musicians come from a fascinating variety of musical places, cultures and histories. What they have in common is the ambition and the craft, the ideas and the imagination to make great music!"
SOAK is 19 year old Belfast born, Derry raised and Oakgrove educated singer songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson. ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’, her debut album, was recorded in Donegal and produced by Tommy McLaughlin from Villagers. Released on Rough Trade Records in June 2015, it includes the singles ‘B a noBody’ and ‘Blud’.
‘A beguiling new singer songwriter reflects on the ups and downs of growing up – wistful, unsettling and mesmerising’ - Judging Panel