The Staves

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The Staves
The Staves 02-22-2017.jpg
The Staves in 2017
Background information
OriginWatford, Hertfordshire, England
GenresFolk rockIndie folk
Years active2009-present
LabelsAtlantic Records
Associated actsBon Iver, yMusic
MembersJessica Staveley-Taylor
Camilla Staveley-Taylor
Emily Staveley-Taylor

The Staves are an English indie folk trio of sisters Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor from Watford, Hertfordshire, England.[1]


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.[2]

The group appeared on the Tom Jones album Praise and Blame, released in July 2010.[3] 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,[3] 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.[3] 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.[4]

The band's debut album, Dead & Born & Grown, was released in November 2012 and produced by Glyn Johns and Ethan Johns.[3][5][6]

An excerpt from their performance of "Facing West" on Later... with Jools Holland was featured on the This is BBC Two promotional programme.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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. This album is available on vinyl, via the streaming service TIDAL in both normal and high quality MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) formats, and as an MP3 download. There is no CD version available yet.

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

From October 2018 they are supporting First Aid Kit on their Rebel Heart tour.

In January 2020, The Staves announced that Emily Staveley-Taylor would not take part in touring, following the birth of her daughter. [11]

In March 2020, The Staves announced they would be performing at the Glastonbury festival in 2020.

Personal life[edit]

The sisters learned to play guitar from their father while growing up in Watford.[12] 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.[13]

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.[13]



  • 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[edit]

  • 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 (12 November 2012). "The Staves - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  4. ^ "The Staves To Support Bon Iver On Upcoming Tour". The Audio Perv. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  5. ^ Christopher Monger, James (12 November 2012). "Dead & Born & Grown - The Staves : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  6. ^ "The Staves Official Website". Atlantic Records. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  7. ^ "The Staves - Facing West". Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Stream The Staves If I Was (Stereogum Premiere)". 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!". Twitter. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  11. ^ Jessica Staveley-Taylor (29 January 2020). "The Staves on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Interview | Dead, born and all grown up – FFS talks to The Staves | For Folk's Sake". Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b "The Staves: 'we don't know anything about folk'". Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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