Opening for the Staves was Rachel Sermanni, who is from a lovely place in the Scottish highlands called Carrbridge. If you missed her, don’t worry: you can stay updated with her upcoming shows here. ‘She’s a babe!’ Emily laughed during the Staves performance. That’s putting it mildly. She’s not only a babe, but a versatile vocalist and guitarist.
The Stavely-Taylor sisters: Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar) and Camilla (vocals, ukulele) played to a patient, wide-eyed and silent crowd. After each song ended the trio tried to joke and connect with the audience but it didn’t seem to go so well.
The experience of being with the talented Rachel Sermanni and the Staves was definitely worthwhile… And the three sisters seem to have attracted a still wider audience lately with the pat on the back from Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who produced their latest album. Justin Vernon doesn’t collaborate with just anyone. It’s obvious that the Staves have something very special.
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.