MUMFORD & SONS FACTS:
Members: Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane
Genre: Folk rock
Hometown: London, England
Albums: Sigh No More (2009)
Hits: "Little Lion Man" "The Cave" "I Will Wait"
Other: Many songs on their debut album were influenced by Shakespeare.
Formed just three years ago in London, Mumford & Sons has emerged from the folk scene of the English capital to become one of the most interesting up-and-coming bands in popular music. Their seamless blend of folk, bluegrass and indie rock has made them a hit since their debut album arrived in stores in late 2009.
The band is comprised of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Wintston Marshall and Ted Dwane. After they formed in late 2007, the quartet began touring extensively throughout the United Kingdom and began to make a name for themselves. Their impressive instrumentals and tight performances caught the attention of many critics, who would tag them as one of the acts to watch in the next year, and they would live up to the hype.
Their debut album, Sigh No More, was released in the U.K. in October 2009 and was an immediate success. The first single, "Little Lion Man," was met with significant praise from critics and fans alike. The song was eventually ranked number one on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009 - an Australian music poll looking to find the most popular tune of the year. It eventually reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs charts. U.S. audiences got their first taste of the group when they performed on The Late Show with David Letterman in February 2010 in advance of the album's release stateside.
"Little Lion Man" would help Sigh No More become one of the most popular albums of 2010 in the United States, eventually reaching number one on the Billboard Folk Albums chart. The album also produced a string of other popular tracks, including "The Cave" and "Winter Winds," both of which have been used in a number of TV shows including Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill.
Along with their popular debut album, Mumford & Sons have been gaining notoriety for their impressive live shows. Every band member can play a wide variety of instruments and their performances have become famous for their incredible energy and spontaneity. Though they have yet to announce plans of a follow up to Sigh No More, the band has been seen performing extensively over the last year, and headlined a tour for the first time in their short career over the summer.