Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 17:00

One of the best up-and-coming British acoustic bands, The Staves, have been added to the line-up for the Eden Session on July 1, which will be headlined by Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls.

Hertfordshire-based The Staves are comprised of the three Staveley-Taylor sisters, Emily, Jessica and Camilla. They are due to release their self-titled debut album in July this year, following last December’s release of the Mexico EP. Another EP, called Motherlode, is due to be released at the end of this month.

The group have previously provided backing vocals for recent albums by both Tom Jones and Fionn Regan and are supporting Bon Iver on their upcoming North American tour.

The Staves use three-part vocal harmonies in combination with subtle acoustic arrangements to create a beautiful, bittersweet and sometimes haunting sound.

Martin Williams, Eden’s marketing director, said: “The Staves bolster an already strong line-up for July 1, which will showcase some of the best folk and acoustic acts around. They will play Eden just before the release of their debut album and we’re glad to be getting a preview of what will likely be one of the best acoustic albums of the year.”

As well as Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, The Staves will be joining other leading lights of the acoustic scene, including indie-folk group Stornoway, the 11-piece Bellowhead, Mull Historical Society, otherwise known as singer-songwriter Colin MacIntyre and south west folk star Seth Lakeman.

All headliners for 2012 have now been announced but more support acts will be announced soon, giving the Session a one-day festival feel.

The line-up of the Eden Sessions so far is:

•    Musical comic Tim Minchin (Saturday June 23)
•    Dance supremo Example and grime artist Devlin (Saturday June 30)
•    Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls headlining a day of folk music (Sunday July 1)
•    Electronic duo Chase & Status and urban prodigy Labrinth (Wednesday July 4)
•    UK soul and hip-hop star Plan B (Friday July 6)
•    US pop-punks Blink-182 (Sunday July 8 - SOLD OUT)
•    Indie stars Noah and the Whale and The Vaccines (Wednesday July 11)

The Eden Sessions enter their eleventh year in 2012, following an acclaimed series of gigs in 2011, featuring Brandon Flowers and Pendulum among others. Previous years have seen performances from acts including Oasis, Kasabian, Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine and Muse.

Tickets to all Eden Sessions cost £35 plus booking fee and are on sale from the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972 or visit