The Staves

May 26, 2015 • 7:00 am

How about some music for the week? (The work week in America starts today.) A reader called my attention to this group of three sisters (last name Staveley-Taylor) from Watford, England: The Staves, who for some reason had escaped my attention. Their lovely three-part harmony reminds me of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and one of them, Camilla (avec ukelele), sometimes sounds a lot like the young Joni Mitchell. The other two are Jessica, who plays guitar, and Emily, who does vocals. Their official website is here, and their Facebook page here.

They have lots of songs on YouTube, and if you want an hour of live music, watch this video.  Meanwhile, here are two songs, including perhaps their most popular (“Blood I Bled”) and a great version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.”

12 thoughts on “The Staves

  1. Beautiful, thank you.

    The first one reminds me a bit of early Heart, though they clearly have their own
    thing happening.

  2. I will be buying their music! I love this kind of stuff.

    May I also plug?:

    The Wailin’ Jennys. All their reocrds are excellent; but 40 Days and Firecracker are my favorites.

    And: Show of Hands, an amazing folk duo from the UK. I learned of them from another post on the website. It was when you posted Don Henley’s (terrific) The Boys of Summer and a reader recommended the cover by Show of Hands (on their CD Covers 2 — only availble from their website as far as I can tell.)

    Who was that that posted the comment about the band? Thanks very much!

  3. If it’s female three part harmony then I’m reminded of the Roches whose first self titled album was released in 1979 and produced by Robert Fripp. The lyric of the first song “We” begins with,

    “We are Maggie and Terre and Suzzy
    Maggie and Terre and Suzzy Roche
    we don’t give out are ages
    and we don’t give out our phone numbers
    sometimes our voices give out
    but not our ages and our phone numbers”

    They also recorded a wonderful Christmas album back in the 80’s but I can’t listen to Christmas music any longer so I haven’t played it in quite awhile.

  4. They’re great – the arrangement of “I’m on Fire” is a real improvement on the original. Nice Martin too.

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