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Tiny Desk Premiere: The Staves

When we last heard from The Staves, its members were in the kitchen of their Watford, England, childhood home. Sourdough was on the table and sunlight streamed through the curtains as the folk-pop group's sisterly harmonies and banter made their Tiny Desk (home) concert feel familiar and approachable. Three years later, The Staves finally made it to the NPR Music office.

What was founded as a sister trio is now a sister duo — Emily Staveley-Taylor, the eldest, is taking time away from the band to focus on her family. The Staves' new album, All Now, reflects that change; on record and in this performance, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor quiet any qualms that they would be able to carry on the harmonies for which the group is known. Instead, the Tiny Desk setting perfectly illuminates the power and talent of their voices.


  • "Fundamental Memory"
  • "All Now"
  • "I'll Never Leave You Alone"
  • "So Gracefully"


  • Jessica Staveley-Taylor: vocals, guitar
  • Camilla Staveley-Taylor: vocals, ukulele
  • Marcus Hamblett: guitar, bass
  • Rob Pemberton: piano, bass, vocals
  • Glyn Daniels: drums


  • Producer: Kara Frame
  • Director/Editor: Maia Stern
  • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
  • Host/Series Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Elizabeth Gillis
  • Audio Engineer: Carleigh Strange
  • Production Assistant: Ashley Pointer
  • Tiny Desk Team: Hazel Cills, Joshua Bryant
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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Kara Frame is a video producer for NPR and pursues personal projects in her free time. She most often produces for NPR's explainer series, "Let's Talk: Big Stories, Told Simply." She's crafted stories about housing segregation in Baltimore, MD; motherhood in a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece; and food deserts in Washington, DC. Frame enjoys a break from the news when filming the Tiny Desk Concerts.
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