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The Staves are an English folk rock trio of sisters Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor from Watford, Hertfordshire, England


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Albums
    • 32 Extended plays
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The Staves began performing together at open-mic nights in Watford hosted by a local pub, The Horns Originally performing as The Staveley-Taylors, the trio later changed their name to The Staves

The group appeared on the Tom Jones album Praise and Blame, released in July 2010 They supported Mt Desolation on their UK tour in autumn 2010 Jessica Staveley-Taylor also performed as part of Mt Desolation and provided vocals for their eponymous album The Staves released the Live at Cecil Sharp House EP and the Mexico EP in 2011, and appeared on Fionn Regan's third studio album, 100 Acres of Sycamore

The Staves toured in the United States while supporting The Civil Wars in January 2012 They followed these appearances with performances at South by Southwest and a tour in March and April with Bear's Den, Nathaniel Rateliff and Ben Howard This tour was the subject of the film, "Austin to Boston", a documentary by Marcus Haney The band supported Bon Iver on their May and June 2012 US and Canadian tour

The band's debut album, Dead & Born & Grown, was released in November 2012 and produced by Glyn Johns and Ethan Johns

An excerpt from their performance of "Facing West" on Later with Jools Holland was featured on the This is BBC Two promotional programme

The second full-length album, If I Was, was released 23 March 2015 on Atlantic Records in the UK/EU and on 31 March on Nonesuch Records in the US; the record was produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver The album debuted at #14 on the Official UK Album Chart In July 2015 The Staves performed with Bon Iver as guest artists along with Colin Stetson, yMusic, and No BS! Brass for Bon Iver's return to the stage as part of the Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin They have also performed as the warm-up act for Florence and the Machine on Florence's How Big Tour supporting How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

At Glastonbury 2015, the Staves performed a set on The Park Stage on Sunday afternoon

The Staves joined the live line-up of Bon Iver for the latter's Asia tour in late February and early March 2016

On November 24th 2017, The Staves released The Way is Read − a full-length album created in conjunction with NYC-based chamber music ensemble yMusic

The Staves played their first gig in New Zealand when they appeared at the Auckland City Limits music festival on 3 March 2018

Personal life

The sisters learned to play guitar from their father while growing up in Watford As children, they aspired to create a sketch comedy television programme together They enjoy Guinness and are vocal in challenging tropes about sensitive wilderness-bound artists that dominate modern folk music culture

In addition to touring with Bon Iver and producing If I Was with Justin Vernon, the sisters have become friends with the Wisconsin-born musician



  • Dead & Born & Grown 12 November 2012
  • Dead & Born & Grown & Live 16 July 2013
  • If I Was 23 March 2015
  • The Way is Read 24 November 2017

Extended plays

  • Facing West 2010
  • Live at Cecil Sharp House 7 October 2011
  • Mexico 2 December 2011
  • The Motherlode 13 April 2012
  • Blood I Bled 28 October 2014
  • Sleeping In A Car 13 May 2016
  • Pine Hollow Live 2018


  1. ^ Paul Lester 8 November 2011 "New Band of the Day—The Staves No 1,144" The Guardian Retrieved 21 January 2012 
  2. ^ Lamont, Tom 11 November 2012 "No, we don't live in a log cabin" The Observer Retrieved 13 November 2012 
  3. ^ a b c d Christopher Monger, James 2012-11-12 "The Staves - Music Biography, Credits and Discography" AllMusic Retrieved 2013-05-25 
  4. ^ "The Staves To Support Bon Iver On Upcoming Tour" The Audio Perv Retrieved 2012-11-12 
  5. ^ Christopher Monger, James 2012-11-12 "Dead & Born & Grown - The Staves : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards" AllMusic Retrieved 2013-05-25 
  6. ^ "The Staves Official Website" Atlantic Records Retrieved 2012-11-14 
  7. ^ "The Staves - Facing West" BBCcouk Retrieved 17 April 2013 
  8. ^ "Stream The Staves If I Was Stereogum Premiere" Stereogumcom Retrieved 1 April 2015 
  9. ^ Johnson, Cecilia "Bon Iver Debuts New Music As Inaugural Eaux Claires Festival Reaches Its Climax" Billboard Retrieved 5 September 2015 
  10. ^ "Melmon & Agent Cooper are thrilled to announce that The Staves will be playing IN @boniver on their Asia tour YES!pictwittercom/zXsi83MFvH" Twitter Retrieved 31 December 2017 
  11. ^ "Interview | Dead, born and all grown up – FFS talks to The Staves | For Folk's Sake" wwwforfolkssakecom Retrieved 2016-11-18 
  12. ^ a b "The Staves: 'we don't know anything about folk'" Telegraphcouk Retrieved 2016-11-18 

External links

  • Official website
  • The Staves talk to Michael Hann
  • The Staves Live In Session at The BBC
  • 2011 interview with The Staves

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