"...you're a Huntress and a Healer and a Holder of hands, and your heart is the Avalon I seek for my end."
MorganEve Swain began The Huntress and Holder of Hands as a vessel for exploring grief and growth.
Originally home-recorded using multi-layer tracks of voice and strings, Swain pulled creative energy from the experience of losing her husband Dave Lamb to leukemia and the bond they shared as the duo Brown Bird.
With the ambition to perform live and explore beyond personal grief, The Huntress and Holder of Hands expanded to a 5-musician band, employing cello, string bass, electric bass, voice and drums, with Swain primarily on five-string viola and guitar. The band builds harmony, string and bass-driven pieces influenced by Post-Metal, Blues and Americana and offers an intense musical and lyrical experience that explores love, loss, power and strength.
The Huntress and Holder of Hands self-released The Water Street Demos EP in November 2015. The band's first full-length album, Avalon, will be released on September 15 2017.
The Huntress and Holder of Hands is:
MorganEve Swain: 5-string viola, guitar, ukelele, voice
Emily Dix Thomas: cello, voice
Liz Isenberg: string bass, voice
Rachel Blumberg: drums, voice
Chris Sadlers: electric bass
James Maple: drums
Spencer Swain: electric bass
Emily Shaw: guitar, voice
Jerusha Robinson: cello, voice
Penn Sultan: guitar