The Mahogany Minute is designed for those who haven’t got a huge amount of time on their hands, and artists who have even less. Every artist continues the same lines, and we all get to learn a little bit more about them.

The Staves first emerged back in 2011, as part of the new folk/acoustic movement spearheaded by the likes of Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling. Since then, they have released their debut album and supported James Vincent McMorrow, Bon Iver and Willy Mason.

This year The Staves underwent a big change, moving from their hometown of Watford to the wilderness in Wisconsin. There, they joined Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon, who produced their latest EP “If I Was”.

We areThe Staves

We live… in Watford

It all started when… we played an open mic night at our local pub

Our music… is centred around three part harmonies

You wouldn’t expect… us to swear as much as we do

Music has… the ability to make life better

If we’re not in the studio or on stage… we are drinking tea in Watford

The music industry… is in trouble.

We’ve never been… to Mexico.

The one show… you have to watch is Twin Peaks

This year’s highlight… has been finishing our album.

If you listen to our music for the first time…you will think “this is good. I’ll go and pre-order their new album, If I Was, available at

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt… it’s to trust yourself.

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to meet The Staves and listen to their beautiful stripped-back version of ‘Blood I Bled’ for the Mahogany Sessions.

Buy their latest EP, ‘If I Was’, now at