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South X Lullaby: Holly Macve

On Sunday, Holly Macve played her first show in the United States. Two nights later, behind the bustling Austin event space Palm Door on Sabine, the 20-year-old songwriter from County Galway in Ireland sang us a lullaby. Her song "Sycamore Tree" ponders the future while longing for the past: "One day when I'm old with my past behind me / I want to lay down in the shade of the same old sycamore tree," she sings. With the sound of a restaurant fan wheeling in the background, she drove us gently through the humid night toward whatever big things may await her.

Watch more South X Lullabies here.

Credits

Producers: Bob Boilen, Mito Habe-Evans; Videographer: Cameron Robert; Editor: Cameron Robert; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann; Special Thanks: Shannon Willis/Palm Door

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Corrected: March 15, 2016 at 10:00 PM MDT
A previous version of this story said that Holly Macve's first show in the United States was on Monday, March 14. It was actually on Sunday, March 13.
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