Making folk sexy

it's Mumford and Sons

In an age where the X Factor rules, being surrounded by teenagers, mothers and families, work colleagues and lovers simultaneously screaming their appreciation towards a bunch of men playing folk music on a big stage like the Hammersmith Apollo was a pretty weird thing to be a part of.

But such is the universal appeal of this handsome foursome, who've spearheaded the renaissance of folk for 2010.

You might have been told by someone that Mumford are much more powerful on stage than they are through their records. Well what good friends you have. After a sweet harmonised rendition of Sigh No More, the band immediately kicked into an incredibly powerful rendition Roll Away Your Stone, with such power and energy that is just too difficult to adequately describe in writing.

Marcus Mumford, the front-man of Mumford, was plucking his banjo so fast that it seemed like his arm was some sort of chainsaw. The other four on stage, all playing different instruments, were hi-fiving, screeching and dancing as if their lives depended on it. Other songs, such as Winter Winds, Little Lion Man, and The Cave, were exactly the same. The energy just radiated, and the performance was very natural.

Despite the unparalleled highs during their more stronger, louder songs, the softer songs were simply drowned out by inane chatter from members of the audience. The worst part being that it is hard to blame the band for this.

It all came to a head when the band, rather foolishly in hindsight, decided to play an acoustic song on stage without the technical equipment that had aided them so well beforehand. What then transpired was a "mumble mumble" and "sssshhhhhing" match between one side of audience and the other.

So, almost a religious experience, but not quite.
Scott Bryan

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