The Staves with The Civil Wars

Jan 14 • Madison Theater

Sweet harmonies and simple guitar. That is all The Staves need to steal (and break) your heart.

The Staves are made up of three surprisingly young sisters — Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor. It’s hard to believe they are each only in their twenties, especially with lyrics like those in “Gone Tomorrow,” off their Live at Cecil Sharp House EP. The chorus repeats, “Just give me some time to borrow/You’re here today/Gone tomorrow morning.” How could anyone so young already be asking for borrowed time?

Referring to the sisters as the very definition of “Folk” would not be a stretch at all. They sing simple but often profound lyrics in perfect harmony and their music is exactly as stark and peaceful as is expected of a modern Folk artist.

Their career is a short one thus far, but it’s thick with worthy credentials and future potential. They are the first band to inspire father and son producers Glyn Johns (The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin) and Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne) to work together producing an album, which is due out later in 2012. The sisters also recently toured North America with Mumford & Sons, earning support from the band members as well as their constantly increasing fanbase. Now on tour with The Civil Wars, The Staves have settled themselves into not just the world of Folk, but also the often-stripped-down beauty of Americana. (Deirdre Kaye)