Dave Lamb, Lead Singer of Folk Duo Brown Bird, Dead at 35

The musician died after a year-long battle with leukemia

Dave Lamb, a guitarist and songwriter, who performed in the folk duo Brown Bird with his wife MorganEve Swain, died Saturday in Providence, R.I. He was 35.

“This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave's body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse,” Swain wrote on the band's Facebook page. “Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.”

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Lamb started Brown Bird in 2003 as a solo artist in Seattle. He met Swain in 2008 and they formed a duo, which was most recently based in Rhode Island.

A public memorial for Lamb will be held Tuesday, April 8th, at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, R.I., and is free and open to the public, the band's manager added to the Brown Bird Facebook page.

Below is the full Facebook post on Lamb's death:

Dear friends,
 Over the past year, and especially this past week, I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the amount of love that has surrounded Dave and me throughout our life and career together. You all have posted so many beautiful stories about Dave- how humble he was, how gracious, how talented…He certainly was all those things. 


Four days after Dave and I met we became bandmates, lovers and business partners, and set the tone for what our life would be for the next six years. We never imagined the amount of success we would enjoy in those years, how many incredible friendships would be forged, the experiences we would share, and nothing could have prepared us for the events of this past year.

Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could- determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future. His incredible ability to continue writing through his struggle is something I'll forever aspire to.

This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave's body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse.
Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.
Thank you for all the love you've all shown us. It helped so very much to know we had an army behind us.
Love and gratitude,
MorganEve