"...you're a Huntress and a Healer and a Holder of hands, and your heart is the Avalon I seek for my end."
When, a week before her 28th birthday, MorganEve Swain lost her husband and musical partner, Dave Lamb, to leukemia, the world did not stand still. April continued into May, breath continued its rhythm through the bodies of the living and in their studio in Warren, Rhode Island, MorganEve continued to record bass, strings and vocals into a laptop because it’s what she’d always done.
For the previous six years, she and Lamb had existed professionally as the duo Brown Bird, gaining a loyal international following through intensive touring and the original music they created, praised for its honesty and expression of the human condition. Without Dave, and in honor of him, MorganEve became The Huntress and Holder of Hands: a young widow pursuing the white stag of grief through a foreign wilderness, intent on maintaining the sense of wonder and compassion with which her partner lived his life.
In 2016, with the ambition to perform live, The Huntress and Holder of Hands expanded into a 5-musician entity, employing cello, bowed string bass, electric bass and drums with MorganEve primarily on five-string viola and guitar. As a band, The Huntress and Holder of Hands builds harmony, strings 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.
MorganEve self-released The Water Street Demos EP in November 2015. The band's first full-length album, Avalon, was released on September 15 2017.
The Huntress and Holder of Hands will be touring the approaching new year, and plans on releasing their second full-length in 2019.
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