Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mumford Cooks Up New Treats for the Homecoming Hoe-Down; REVIEW; MUMFORD & SONS; Dingwalls, NW1

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mumford Cooks Up New Treats for the Homecoming Hoe-Down; REVIEW; MUMFORD & SONS; Dingwalls, NW1

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

"IT'S BEEN a weird couple of weeks but this is by far and away the highlight," Marcus Mumford told the audience at this intimate show.

That was a surprising statement from a band who performed with Bob Dylan at the Grammys, won a Brit award for Sigh No More, and then saw the debut album go to No 2 in Britain and the US. But the waistcoat-wearing frontman was clearly sincere when he described this 500-capacity homecoming gig as "wonderfully emotional", and it was a typically rollicking set from the west London folk-rockers.

They were headlining keyboard player Ben Lovett's club night and it was a chance to try out several new tunes (following an assured performance from singer-songwriter Marcus Foster, signed to Lovett's label). It was at times rough and ready after three months off touring, but they gamely threw themselves into songs they admitted were not even finished.

The bold approach paid off because of Mumford & Sons' obvious musical chemistry, demonstrated on the throaty harmonies as well as some big, driving tunes. …

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