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London, England, United Kingdom | MAJOR

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"Vogue Folk"

JULY 2011 – Vogue celebrates the brilliance of folk – the music, the fashion and the lifestyle – in Merrie England with folk superstars The Staves and Johnny Flynn, amongst others, photographed by Tim Walker. - Vogue - July 2011


"Sugar, spice and The Staves but what is Newton Faulkner made of?"

The Staves: Three of a kind

The Staves are three sisters with stunning voices, which they blend with the occasional guitar string, to pull heart-strings and win new fans.

The sisters from Watford begin their set today sculpting sounds with only their voices and the odd hand clap. With warm tones winding around each other and singing from the one core, their complimenting voices sound like they are all keys on the same instrument. Swooning close harmonies and dreamy vocals soon have the tent filling and mesmerised.

After an a cappella start, their wholesome sound is supplemented by an acoustic guitar and they embark on their folk tales told in three voices. Sweeter than a cupcake shop, the girls giggle and chat between tracks, with only good things to say about the other acts they’ve shared the Belladrum stage with, including our own Rachel Sermanni.

Having toured the county with their tales of home, The Staves introduce In The Long Run, which was penned on a trip to Tobermory last year. With an album coming out later in the year, it seems like the enchanting trio will be touring a whole lot more.

Pulling myself away from the three sisters to peruse the main stage, I am met by Newton Faulkner and quickly wish I had stayed in the cocoon where I was. Singing U.F.O complete with a dance, the arena is brimming in bodies, all participating willingly. I find his comic delivery tedious and wonder if there’s perhaps a dentist nearby for that root canal treatment I’ve been putting off. (It would seem a dentist is about the only thing Belladrum doesn’t have).

His set continues from a ‘comic’ approach with Faulkner pretending to be a human theremin and then asking the audience to pretend they’re pirates with rabies and he’s the captain. There are a lot of kids dotted around, so perhaps Faulkner is confused and thinks he’s to entertain them specifically.

Ending on a cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Newton Faulkner has the arena singing along, on the whole, not any worse than him. I'm not quite sure what Newton Faulkner is made of, but it would appear I'm quite allergic to it.
- STV, Kirstin Lynn - August 7, 2011


"Sibling harmonies rule"

The three Staveley-Taylor sisters are laughing derisively at the cover of a book in their dressing room: Louis Walsh's Fast Track To Fame, the X Factor judge's A-Z guide for those on the road to musical stardom... - Froots, Tim Chipping - May 1 2011


"Review – The Staves at Glee Club, Nottingham"

With so much lavish production in live music these days, it’s sometimes wonderfully refreshing to see great songs performed with no frills. And, with The Staves, that’s exactly what you get. Sisters Emily, Camilla and Jessica rely on a guitar, a ukulele and their terrific harmonised vocals and it’s a recipe that surely sees them destined for mainstream success.

A respectful and generous Glee crowd enjoyed a couple of old Staves favourites (the wonderful Mexico and Facing West) as well as new material from the girls’ album, due in early 2012. The captivating The Motherload was a particular highlight, alongside the reflective Gone Tomorrow and rousing new song What Good Am I?

What stands The Staves apart from other similar bands are the spellbinding harmonies between the three sisters. Indeed, on Winter Trees the combination of gentle acoustic guitar and the trio’s vocals recall none other than the Fleet Foxes – albeit, of course, without a Y chromosome.

With acoustic folk-pop growing increasingly popular, the sheer quality of their performance and songwriting means it’s hard not to see The Staves shifting thousands of records and becoming a staple of radio playlists. If you thought the Pierces had the ‘female sibling acoustic guitar’ market well and truly sewn up, think again.

Nick Parkhouse - This Is Nottingham - Nick Parkhouse


"A festival where we went to see the same band three times. On purpose."

You know how Camden Town is utterly unbearable at weekends? The punks holding signs for tattoo parlours can barely move for foreign students getting hair wraps. Well wouldn’t it be the worst idea in the world to hold an indie music festival in Camden at the weekend too? That’s what we always thought. Hating both indie and crowds as we do, we have spent the previous nine Camden Crawls at home feeling smug that we weren’t at Camden Crawl. So you could knock us down with an overpriced Kate Moss t-shirt when we found ourselves attending said festival this year.
Still, in the spirit of trying everything once, we got our wristbands (never did find out what the paper white one did) and found the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Outdoor Live Arena (if we were going to mention that again we’d need an acronym) and watched a man in a bad shirt shouting. It wasn’t very good but a lady gave us free flavoured beer which tasted like Top Deck (i.e. much nicer than beer).

We found the early stages of Camden Crawl a bit annoying because there are things going on in every available space but we didn’t know which ones were good so we went and had a sit down in a comedy club and watched some Irishmen rapping. On the way we saw a tramp in a trolley.

Anyway, the first band we actually wanted to see were The Staves (remember their name) who were playing to an almost full to bursting Lock Tavern. You’d have to have the heart of the worst bastard imaginable to not love what The Staves do, which is sing really lovely songs in exquisite 3-part harmony with the most beautiful voices it’s possible to hear in a sweaty pub. This was only slightly ruined by a drunk German man outside shouting “arseholes” during a quiet bit.

After that we went to the outside terrace of The Roundhouse and watched Dog Is Dead. We didn’t hate them. Our Crawl companion suggested we go and see Jeremy And The Picnic but we think she was making them up.
Annies on the Kentish Town Road wins our ‘best toilets’ award, but we’re already noting that Camden Crawl is remarkably unscummy. Our prejudices have been shattered. Anyway, we were at Annies to see The Staves. We don’t know if you’ve heard about The Staves but they’re three sisters who sing the most sumptuous West Coast pop and English folk tinged songs it’s possible to hear in a packed posh bar. This is only slightly ruined by a sexist heckler shouting: “Is there a fourth sister at home who’s fat and ugly?” during a quiet bit.

At this point it occurs to us we’re going to have to summarise things a bit or this is going to go on forever. So... we saw The Good Natured at The Monarch (any Britpop historian will tell you it’s not the real Monarch) who spent the gig writhing on audience members, but not us (sad face). Watched a bit of The View, which was a mistake. Saw Sweden’s Those Dancing Days play a blinder ever though they clearly couldn’t hear themselves. Hugged a man. Ate bad pizza. Watched a Cornish boyband version of The Pogues called Crowns. Texted everyone we knew to tell them Crowns were our favourite new band. Watched Cloud Control because their PR has been telling us to listen to them for ages and we like him. They were good. Home. Bed.

We weren’t going to go on Sunday because we thought we’d hate Saturday so much, but despite all the Indie, Camden Crawl is so well organised and thought out that we actually had a good time. We don’t know how people using the fold out schedule fared but using the amazing iPhone app meant we never had to think about where to go. And the timings were spot on. We didn’t miss anyone but neither was there any hanging about watching roadies search for wires. Result.
Anyway, on Sunday we didn't see Odd Future because they were billed as OFWGTKA and we forgot that was also their name. It’s probably for the best as we heard things got a bit riot-y. But we did slip into the back of a hushed Guillemots acoustic gig before going to see The Staves. Have you heard about The Staves? Well, they’re... they’re our favourite new band in the whole world basically. So we went to see them three times in one weekend. That’s not weird, is it? And then we went to see Guillemots doing a proper electric set. They were brilliant, obviously, but the audience in The Forum was the same that goes to V Festival - i.e. teenage girls who are only there so they can text their friends to say they’ve seen a band from off the telly and then shriek at each other in voices louder than the music (until we told them to shut up because we’re far too old and ugly to care about teenage girls glaring at us for the rest of the evening). And then we watched The Lemonheads. Or Evan Dando and two men, anyway. And despite Evan defiantly determined to be the last grunge junkie (seriously, even Kurt would’ve got clean by now), and despite him managing to play about 20 songs in half an hour (the key is to start the next song as soon as the last one finishes, without pausing to acknowledge the applause, the audience or ev - Tim Chipping - May 6, 2011


"The Staves – Review / Interview"

The Staves, comprising of sisters Jessica, Camilla and Emily, are a melodious folk trio from Watford who are garnishing some well deserved praise for their infectious and seductive harmonies. Their new EP, “Facing West” is an excellent introduction to the girls’ music and a real promise of treats to come.

“The Fire” sang with simple accompaniment of Emily’s finger clicking and Jessica’s tapping of the guitar for rhythm is a sweet and welcomingly old-fashioned song. There’s a taste of Appalachian gospel and old-time Americana but with a good old fashioned dose of British bittersweet flavouring climaxing in a rousing finale.

“Facing West” illustrates Camilla’s ability on the ukulele, complimented by Jessica on guitar and piano. Camilla’s voice striking the right balance of wistful fragility, the sweetness of the harmonies echoing the longing of the lyrics perfectly.

“Mexico” on the other hand is a much larger song (at least in terms of arrangement). Taking the lead on vocals Jessica also provides guitar and piano whilst the Fables’ Oliver Hardaker and Mike Halls provide percussion and mandolin respectively.

Throughout, Jessica, Camilla and Emily’s harmonies complement each other perfectly.

Folk Radio recently had the chance to interview the girls on their return from a tour of Ireland.

For listeners new to The Staves can you tell us a little about how you got started and your early influences?

Camilla: Well, we always used to sing around the house, and then, one summer, we decided to do an open mic night at our local pub. We had a laugh, so carried on doing them through the summer until we thought, let’s just do a gig and see how it goes. We did loads of Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and CSN&Y covers. They’re bands we grew up listening to (along with Simon and Garfunkel and other harmony based bands). We take a lot of inspiration from all those old classics.

As sisters, how do you find working together?


Emily: A bloody nightmare!…

Jess: I don’t think we could imagine being in a band with anyone else really. There’s just an openness you can have with siblings that must be hard to get with regular band members.

Camilla: …It’s a blessing and a curse…


It’s been a busy year for you, first Glastonbury in 2009, the recording of your EP, supporting Joshua Radin on his UK tour and now a whistle stop tour of Ireland, how has it been?

Camilla: It’s been really, really fun. Knackering, at times, but a great experience. We just got back from Ireland the other day. We had so much fun. The Irish crowds are so warm and always up for a laugh after the shows.

Emily: We were supporting and singing with a singer/songwriter called Christof. He’s brilliant. Our music went so well together.

How did the Joshua Radin tour come about?

Jess: I met him when I was doing a support gig for him in London with Thomas J Speight. He asked me to tour with him in America, doing support and backing singing, and then when he was over here for his UK tour he asked us all to do the same thing.

How’s the tour going? How are the audiences responding to you?

Emily: The tour went really well. It was a fantastic opportunity to play in large venues and it was really encouraging to get a good response from a big crowd. Shepherds Bush Empire was a really special gig for us as we’d seen so many bands play there before – it’s one of our favourite venues.


There’s a definite Americana influence throughout your song writing and vocals – where does this come from? Was music a big part in your upbringing?

Camilla: Country and Americana music is really rich in harmonies, so I think our music sounds a bit Americana because it that’s how we’ve always sung together.

Emily: Our parents are both very musical souls and there was always music on in every room of our house. I remember when our parents friends would come round they’d always bring guitars or sit round the piano singing “The Times They Are A Changing” or old Grateful Dead songs, so we grew up with music playing a big part in our social lives, which is how music should be I think.

You write your own songs, how do you find that process? Is it a group effort?


Jess: Some songs we write together, and then some are individually written and we’ll all work out harmonies together and any arrangement. We’re starting to write more together which can be more fun and less introverted – it’s always great to share ideas with each other and end up with a brand new song.

Do you find yourself drawn to particular themes or subjects in your song writing?

Jess: It’s hard to say really. It’s always kind of awkward analysing your own song writing. We write about the experiences in our lives – relationships and stuff – as well as what we see going on around us, which I guess is kind of obvious. Basically anything is worthy of a song. - Folk Radio UK - June 22, 2010


"New Music – My Disco, The Phoenix Prestige, The Staves"

The Staves

Three sisters from Watford attracting louder and longers rounds of applause for their shy, bittersweet folk-pop tunes, fantastic harmonies and all-round classy minstrel melodies. On tour in Ireland from June 15. - Irishtimes.com June 10, 2010 – Jim Carroll


Discography

Facing West – EP
2010
1. The Fire
2. Mexico
3. Facing West

Live at Cecil Sharp House – EP
2011
1. Silver Dagger
2. Gone Tomorrow

Mexico - EP
(Due for release December 2011)
1. Mexico
2. Icarus
3. I Try

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Bio

Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor have been making music together since they were children, growing up in Watford, England. Brought up in a house that echoed to the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Beatles, singing in perfect 3-part harmony came naturally to these three sisters. Having started gigging in local pubs and cafes, The Staves are now captivating audiences on much bigger stages - earning rapturous encores with their exquisite songs of love & longing. Accompanied by just acoustic guitar and gently strummed ukulele, their extraordinary intertwining voices melt the most cynical of hearts. Guaranteed to give you goose bumps, The Staves make music in its purest and most beautiful form.

Rumour has it, their debut album, produced by Ethan and Glyn Johns, will be released in 2012 and a new EP is due out before Christmas.