Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon joins The Staves onstage in London – watch

Sister trio were performing tracks from upcoming Vernon-produced second album

Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon joined The Staves onstage last night (February 12) at London’s Hackney Empire.

Vernon, who produced the trio’s forthcoming second album ‘If I Was’, was introduced by Jessica Staveley-Taylor as she recounted recording their second album at Vernon’s Wisconsin studio over the past two years.

“It just so happens that he’s in town tonight, we didn’t know he was going to be, so we asked if he’d come up on stage with us,” she said.

He joined them for ‘Make It Holy’ toward the end of their 90-minute set, joining in on guitar and backing vocals, and sang the second verse on his own. After he left the stage, Emily Staveley-Taylor said: “Music is the most amazing thing, and has let us meet the most incredible people. It’s magic.”

As well as material from their first album ‘Dead & Born & Grown’ such as ‘Mexico’, ‘Pay Us No Mind’ and set closer ‘Wisely & Slow’, the sisters performed ‘Open’ from the ‘Blood I Bled EP’ and 10 songs from their forthcoming album, including ‘Steady’, ‘Teeth White’ and current single ‘Black And White’, which Camilla Staveley-Taylor said was about “being rather angry. Really fucking angry, actually.”

Speaking to NME about recording the album with Vernon, Camilla described being in Wisconsin as like “being on a school trip with no parents”.

“We were itching to have a break and to let out loads of thoughts and emotions that we hadn’t had chance to express,” she continued. “We were very fortunate to have a place at Justin’s where we were allowed to do whatever wanted. It was the most liberating experience, being able to record until 4am, or while drunk. And there was no idea that was too silly.”

‘If I Was’ will be released on March 23.

The Staves played:

‘Blood I Bled’
‘Black And White’
‘No Me, No You, No More’
‘Let Me Down’
‘Pay Us No Mind’
‘Eagle Song’
‘Damn It All’
‘Make It Holy’
‘Don’t You Call Me’
‘Teeth White’
‘Winter Trees’
‘Facing West’
‘Wisely & Slow’