On Stage

The Alcove


A heavenly voice couched in spellbinding western noir ballads, with a devastating emotional delivery, Holly Macve explores a dreamlike, pictorial world within her song writing; English Rose meets Mulholland Drive Lynchian glamour. With vocals notes of Chris Isaak and Patsy Cline and a unique skill of writing timeless melodies, Macve evokes a warmth and transcendence comparable to a black and white film from the 1950’s.

Macve was born in Western Ireland, and when she was 6 months old her mother fled from an abusive relationship and took her and her sister to settle in West Yorkshire. It was here she discovered her love of music and film at a very young age. “I was given a video tape of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing, along with Elvis Presley’s JailHouse Rock. I couldn’t take my eyes off them. I wanted to be them” she remembers. “America has always fascinated me, but the old version of it. I am always seeking something that no longer exists”. Holly has spent much of her twenties between the south coast of England and the west coast of the US, developing as a multi-instrumentalist, music producer and songwriter.

Having released two critically acclaimed records, she is currently recording and co-producing her new album, which she describes as her most honest storytelling to date, exploring themes such as abuse, existential fear, the rise, and demise of romantic relationships, and life through the eyes of a melancholic, yet hopeful, self-confessed dreamer.