Holly Macve

Tiny Desk: Holly Macve

Whilst in the USA a few months back, Holly taped a session for NPR as part of their Tiny Desk series. The production - as ever - is just amazing from NPR and Holly is given all the room she needs to sparkle. Pretty amazing stuff this. 

Watch it online here: www.npr.org/event/music/533794725/holly-macve-tiny-desk-concert

HollyMacve's voice seems to hover from era to era, coming to rest somewhere between the lonesome twang of Patsy Cline and the moodily modern slur of Lana Del Rey. Macve's songs lope and shimmer at a lazy pace, but they never lack drama, even as she holds herself motionless.

The Brighton-based singer-songwriter recently stopped by the Tiny Desk to perform three songs from Golden Eagle, her debut album. Whether performing on acoustic guitar (for "No One Has The Answers" and "The Corner Of My Mind") or piano (for Golden Eagle's epic title track), Macve remained in complete command. Backed by a suitably low-key band, she'd sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.

Holly Macve (vocals, guitar, piano); Tommy Ashby (guitar); Michael Blackwell (bass); David Dyson (drums)

Producers: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan; PA: CJ Riculan; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.

Holly Macve On World Cafe

Holly Macve was the guest on NPR's World Cafe show earlier this month. You can listen again to the complete interview and performance from the WXPN studios in Philadelphia.


Simon (Raymonde ) was a customer there. And I used to make breakfast for him and things. And he came to an open mic that I played and then he signed me and sent me off to make a record in a week.
— Holl Macve