Illness strikes Brown Bird's Lamb


Warren's Joe Fletcher and Westerly's Will Houlihan will play at the Wooden Midshipman on Water Street at 6 p.m. Thursday night to benefit their friend and musician, Warren resident David Lamb of Brown Bird.

Lamb, who makes up Brown Bird with fiance MorganEve Swain, was diagnosed with leukemia this week after being admitted to a hospital with anemia, exhaustion and flu-like symptoms while on tour in Texas several weeks ago. Online fund-raising drives prior to the diagnosis had raised more than $40,000 to defray his medical costs and expenses, but those costs are expected to escalate as he fights the disease. Brown Bird is on hiatus from touring while Lamb prepares to undergo chemotherapy and other treatment. Since he and MorganEve make their living off touring and merchandise sales, the sickness has left them in a precarious financial state just as he needs strength. Brown Bird has set up a fund-raising page here.

Apart from the music Thursday, work by noted Warren artist William Schaff will be on sale. And another fundraiser is planned for Friday, June 7, at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. On the bill are Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, JP Harris from Nashville, TN and Smith and Weeden of Providence. Tickets are $15 and can be had at the Columbus Theatre website.

Here's a statement Brown Bird released Tuesday:

First, let us take this opportunity to thank you all for the tremendous support you’ve shown us over the past week. We are moved beyond words by the love, gifts and kind words that have flooded into our fundraiser, inbox and home.

Over the week, Dave has undergone blood tests and biopsies to narrow down the possible causes for his low blood levels and subsequent illness. There have been several doctors on the case, and they now agree that Dave has a form of leukemia.

Brown Bird will be on hiatus while Dave undergoes chemotherapy treatment. We are staying positive and know that Dave is strong and will make it through this. Please keep us in your thoughts. We will also be keeping the fundraiser open until June 16th. Your generosity has not only helped us pay the immediate medical bills we were faced with, but also allowed us to set up medical insurance, which should start on June 1st. However, because we don’t know how long Dave’s treatments will take, it’s impossible to know how long we won’t be able to work; your donations now also go towards keeping us afloat while we have virtually no income.

Which brings us back to thanking you all, once again, for the support you’ve already given us. This will be (and already has been) a long, scary journey, but with your help, we’ll come out of it stronger than ever, and rearing to play.

We love you

-Dave and MorganEve


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