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British sisters the Staves find family harmony in music

For Journal Register Newspapers

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As they formed their band, British sisters Jessica, Emily and Camilla Stavely-Taylor figured their full surname might be a bit of a mouthful -- hence the moniker the Staves.

"Yeah, (Stavely-Taylor) doesn't really roll off the tongue," acknowledges middle sister Jessica, 26. "It is a long name. All our friends at home would kind of refer to the three of us as the Staves, anyway, so it just kind of naturally became the name of the band.

"I think we all thought at some point we'd change it and find a cooler name, but it's never really happened, and it's kind of too late now."

Raised by music-loving, guitar-playing parents in Hertfordshire, the folk-pop trio started out singing in local pubs and eventually began writing their own songs. They released three EPs and a live album, appeared on records by Tom Jones and Fiona Regan and won fans in the U.S. by touring with Bon Iver and the Civil Wars -- all of which created an appetite for this year's debut album "Dead & Born & Grown."

"We has such a great time in the last year in the states," notes Jessica. "I think we came over four times to do gigs and tours in the States. You can kind of see state by state, city by city that you're picking people up along the way, which is really a rewarding feeling because it's such a huge country compared to Britain.

"We don't find it daunting; we just find it really exciting every time we come over. But you have to fit in a lot of physical groundwork, going club to club, city to city to visit people and get out there and make sure they can hear you play. I feel like we've done quite a lot of that so far and there's more to come, which is exciting."

The Staves and Escondido perform at 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the Majestic Cafe, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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