Episode 2 City of Culture Film


Episode 2

Profiling artists and their view of Derry-Londonderry's year as the UK City of Culture. Stephen McCauley catches up with SOAK to review Sons & Daughters and Other Voices.


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I am Stephen McCauley and Derry/Londonderry is my hometown.

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In the second instalment of our short films

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featuring inspirational artists from the Northwest, I have come

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back to the Playhouse Theatre to catch up with Soak,

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AKA Bridie Monds-Watson.

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We'll find out how the first few months of 2013

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have unfolded for her as a singer songwriter

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and also for the wider music scene here in the city.

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Well, Bridie, it's 2013.

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It's here. There's no running away from it.

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So it started off with Sons and Daughters.

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That was the big opening concert.

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It was an incredible night, wasn't it? It was pretty amazing.

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I mean, like, just all the acts that were there were great.

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The whole set-up and atmosphere. Did you see the atmosphere in there?

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It was, like... It was remarkable.

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Everybody was just so buzzing for the City of Culture

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and just to be there and that was class!

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I think for me the thing that really struck me was the fact that you had

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that line-up for the first time in history together on the one stage.

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All these massive, kind of, international Derry icons. Yes.

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Now for tonight's youngest performer. She is only 16,

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she's a huge talent

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and she's here to sing her own composition, Sea Creatures.

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Please welcome... Soak!

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CHEERING

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I feel like that was kind of my introduction

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to the wider Derry audience. You know, like the people who wouldn't

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necessarily come out and watch gigs around town.

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'That was a great way to sort of get what I can do musically, across.'

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I'm Soak and this is Sea Creatures.

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'I was the youngest on that stage. Like, to be so young'

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and among that line-up like Neil Hannon and just... everybody!

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And then, Frank doing the orchestra was so cool.

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# The stars and moons

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# Remind me of you

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# I don't know what to say

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# It might make you worse

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# I don't understand

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# What her problem is I think she's just a fish. #

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Let's talk about the orchestra,

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because the orchestra was a major feature in your song

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and I remember watching it

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and, you know, I'm used to seeing you playing Sea Creatures,

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solo acoustic, but halfway through the song, this massive orchestra

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came through, so you know, what was that like for you, doing that live?

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It was one of the best things I've done with that song, ever.

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# I don't think they know what love is... #

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I've played Sea Creatures about 400 times now,

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and it is the same thing and I try to change it up, tempo-wise

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and put different words in different places,

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but the orchestra was so tight and the arrangement

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was so brilliant that it just worked brilliantly.

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But I suppose when you play that live yourself on your own,

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you can dictate the tempo,

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but when there's an orchestra you have to get that right. Exactly.

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When playing live, I can slow down even a tiny bit, nobody will notice,

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but when you are playing with an orchestra,

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timing has to be completely on-time,

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like if you mess up, the orchestra is going to mess up.

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It is not that it was difficult, it was just scary.

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Like, what if I don't do it, what if I go baaa... ? You know what I mean?

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Even if I wasn't doing it,

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but it was just that fear in the back of my head.

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# They don't really care

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# Sea creatures

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# Interfere... #

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It's funny because watching you doing that,

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you didn't look even the slightest bit fazed!

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People keep telling me that,

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but really, in my head, I am going like, no, no, no, you know?

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# They don't know... #

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There's a great sense of pride that night as well, I think

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about the city? Yeah. Whenever Snow Patrol walked out on that stage,

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the crowd just went absolutely bonkers.

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It is our great pleasure to be here tonight.

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Thank you so much for having us.

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Whenever I played with them back before Christmas,

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they played Chasing Cars and the audience was really into it,

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they were really excited and energetic and whatnot.

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But it was a completely different atmosphere then

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whenever they played that in Derry and it just had that little

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special feeling and you can't really explain that but it was amazing.

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# Ooo-ooo, for you...

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# For me-e-e... #

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Bridie, I have a sneaking suspicion we're going to catch up

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with you again very soon, possibly at the Radio One Big Weekend.

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Who knows? For the time being, thanks so much for joining us.

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Thanks for having me again.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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In the second instalment of our short films featuring inspirational artists from the North West, Stephen McAuley catches up with SOAK to review Sons & Daughters and Other Voices, memorable concerts from the start of Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013.


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