A Spotlight on … Mumford & Sons

Once again, a blog which I wrote The Hop Farm Festival, (edited version) …

Mumford & Sons- You may have never heard of them… you might have spotted their name on festival line ups… or, you might even be a dedicated fan who already owns their debut album. Whatever the case may be, I am here to help!  I’ve heard Mumford &Sons debut album, ‘Sigh No More’, but in a quest to discover more about the four-piece I had the following questions.

Number One– where does their name come from? Well, not surprisingly, none of the boys are actually each other’s sons. However, Mumford is the surname of band member, Marcus Mumford. The phrase ‘& Sons’ reminds me of their warm and traditional music. Imagine a band which operates like a small, family business. Mumford & Sons embody everything you possibly have imagined. Their sound is old-fashioned, yet modern. Gentle, yet catchy and loveable.

Number Two– how did the band form? It was the summer of 2007 and the four friends were playing various instruments in different bands across London. Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane eventually untied to perform renditions of songs. Thus, Mumford & Sons were born! The boys bonded over their love for Country and Folk music. They all shared an enthusiasm for playing music for the love of music. This is why we love Mumford & Sons, because that same sentiment has remained even to this day.

Number Three– I wanted to know more about their music. Their debut album is titled ‘Sigh No More’ was released in October of 2009. The boys then went on to sell out their date at London’s ICA in just 24 hours! They are now touring across the Europe and I can’t wait to see their offering for Hop Farm this summer. The album is a gorgeous mix heartfelt ballads, dancing acoustic numbers and uplifting Folk tunes. You might recognise ‘The Cave’ or ‘Little Lion Man’ which was named by radio one’s Zane Lowe as “the hottest record in the world today”.

Let’s just hope the festival season brings us the hot weather to accompany it! Either way, you are in for a real treat with Mumford & Sons on the line up. Enjoy!

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