The Huntress And Holder Of Hands
MorganEve Swain is The Huntress and Holder of Hands. A multi-instrumental string player, vocalist and songwriter, Swain is widely known as half of the music duo, Brown Bird, with her husband, Dave Lamb. The duo, who enjoyed national and international success, spent over six years performing and touring until Lamb’s untimely passing, at age 36, from leukemia in April 2014. That summer, Swain launched The Huntress and Holder of Hands, which began as a creative vessel for exploring both her grief and her growth. Her original songs were home-recorded and solo-performed using multi-layer tracks of voice and strings. Live, The Huntress and Holder of Hands employs five musicians with duties on cello, string bass, electric bass, voice and drums, with Swain primarily on five-string viola and guitar.
Deeply rooted in Swain and Lamb’s shared experience, The Huntress and Holder of Hands pulls creative energy from the same emotional place as Brown Bird, building unique harmony, string and bass-driven pieces influenced by Eastern European, Americana and Middle Eastern music, among other genres, and offering an intense musical and lyrical experience that explores love, loss, power and strength. The debut album, Avalon, will be released September 15th, 2017.
Last Good Tooth
Penn Sultan (vocals guitar) is involved with Arthur Kapp (drums), a leftist newspaper writer for The New York Observer who is always in search of an opportunity to root for the underdog. While Penn is devoted to his typewriter, Arthur prefers his laptop and logging into his AOL email account. Using the screen name ‘LAST GOOD TOOTH', he reads an email from “KEVINSULLIVAN (BASS)", the screen name of MorganEve Swain (Viola) whom he first met in an "over-30s" chatroom. As her voice narrates her reading of the email, she reveals the boundaries of the online relationship; no specifics, including no names, career or class information, or family connections. Penn belongs to the SULTAN family which runs LAST GOOD TOOTH — a chain of mega bookstores. ARHTUR runs the independent bookstore "The Shop Around The Corner" that her mother ran before her. The two are shown passing each other on their respective ways to work, revealing that they frequent the same neighborhoods in upper west Manhattan. Penn arrives at work, overseeing the opening of a new LAST GOOD TOOTH in New York City with the help of his best friend, branch manager Kevin. ARTHUR and her three store assistants, MORGANEVE, Aunt Birdie and Christina open up her small shop that morning.