The video for The Huntress and Holder of Hands' "Creatures In Flight."

NMF ’19 Interviews: The Huntress and Holder of Hands

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The Huntress and Holder of Hands is the musical project that MorganEve Swain crafted after losing her husband, Dave Lamb, at the tragically young age of 35 to leukemia, in April 2014. He passed a week before Swain’s 28th birthday.

Swain and Lamb were intimate musical partners, having been the final incarnation of Lamb’s longstanding folk project, Brown Bird, an outfit responsible for a great body of haunting music tinged with an Eastern European roots music influence.

At first, Swain made recordings by herself, in her home, as The Huntress and Holder of Hands, releasing The Water Street Demos in November of 2015. In 2016, The Huntress and Holder of Hands developed into a five piece band, to make live performances of the swelling, melancholic, instrumentally complex music that Swain created possible. On September 15, 2017, the band released their first full-length, the critically acclaimed Avalon. Now, the band is working towards releasing another full-length in 2020, and has a number of impressive gigs lined up for this summer.

WOUB spoke to Swain about her forthcoming memoir, her supportive fan base, and performing at the 2019 Nelsonville Music Festival in the interview embedded above.

The Nelsonville Music Festival takes place on Robbins Crossing in Nelsonville June 6-9. Tickets are available now at