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Holly Macve On World Cafe

Holly Macve outside of the <em>World Cafe</em> performance studio at WXPN in Philadelphia.
Galea McGregor
Holly Macve outside of the World Cafe performance studio at WXPN in Philadelphia.

In this session, we welcome Holly Macve from the U.K. She was born in Galway, in western Ireland, but moved to Yorkshire as a child. There, she lived with her grandparents, who influenced the title of her debut record, Golden Eagle -- a nickname for her grandfather, who was a classical composer. As a young adult, Macve moved to Brighton and was working in a cafe there when she met Simon Raymonde, who signed her to his label, Bella Union, alongside Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty and Midlake. She remembers:

Simon 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.

Hear the complete interview and performance in the audio player above, and get a look inside the studio via VuHaus below.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.