Mumford & Sons are a British folk rock band. The
band consists of Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin),
Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), Country Winston
Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string
bass, drums, guitar). The band formed in December 2007, rising out
of what some in the media labeled the "West London folk scene"
with other artists such as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Noah
and the Whale.
Mumford & Sons recorded an EP, Love Your Ground, and toured
extensively in Ireland to expose audiences to their music and
build support for an eventual album. Their debut album, Sigh No
More, was released in Ireland in October 2009, and February 2010
in the United States. The album reached number one in Ireland,
Australia and New Zealand and peaked at number two on the UK Album
Chart and the Billboard 200 in the US.
The band gained popularity throughout 2010, performing for larger
audiences and making their first network television appearances in
the U.S. On 1 December 2010, the band received two Grammy Award
nominations, one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rock
Song ("Little Lion Man"). They won the ARIA Music Award for Most
Popular International Artist in 2010, and the Brit Award in 2011
for Best British Album.
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