Mumford & Sons are an English folk rock lineup. 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 ensemble formed in October 2007, rising out of what some in the media labelled 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 the UK to expose audiences to their material and build support for an eventual album. Their debut album, Sigh No More, was released in the United Kingdom in October 2009, and February 2010 in the United States. The record peaked at number two on the UK record Chart and the Billboard 200 in the US.
The group gained popularity throughout 2010, playing for larger audiences and making their first network television gigs in the U.S. On 1 December 2010, the ensemble 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 successful International Artist in 2010, and the Brit Award in 2011 for Best British record.