Mumford & Sons is a folk rock band which formed in London, England. The band is made up of Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), "Country" Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion), and Ted Dwane (vocals, double bass). Although the band members have claims on certain instruments, the members switch instruments during live shows according to convenience, for they each play a variety of instruments. The band formed in late 2007, rising out of London's folk scene with other artists such as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, Jay Jay Pistolet and Noah and the Whale.
The band has often supported Laura Marling at concerts, while their association with Noah and the Whale can be traced back to St Paul's School, Barnes and King's College School, Wimbledon. Mumford and Lovett attended King's College School alongside Noah and the Whale bassist Matt Owens, while Marshall attended St Paul's School along with Charlie Fink, lead singer of Noah and the Whale.
The band's debut album, Sigh No More, was released in the United Kingdom in October 2009, and February 2010 in the United States.
Having recently signed a licensing deal to Island Records in the UK, to Dew Process in Australia and New Zealand, to Glassnote Records in North America and Cooparative Music in the rest of the world, through their own label Gentlemen of the Road, their debut album was released on 5 October 2009 with "Little Lion Man" being the lead single, Dave Berry of Xfm made it his record of the week.
In another interview with the band, Dave said "Screw 'of the week", it's my favourite track of the year". BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe made "Little Lion Man" his "Reaction Record" on July 27, 2009, before naming it the "Hottest Record in the World" the following evening. In an interview during the show, Marcus of Mumford & Sons confirmed the album would be titled Sigh No More, from the name of a track on the album. Radio 1 DJ Greg James is an avid supporter of the band, having had both "Little Lion Man" and "The Cave" as his record of the week.