Inspired by folk, rock, country, and bluegrass, the London based Mumford & Sons feature Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett and Winston Marshall. The Foursome started playing together as Mumford & Sons in 2007, although they were all playing with different bands at the time, they bonded over their shared love of rootsy music. Between 2008 and 2009 the band released three 10" vinyl EP’s, before being signed to Island Records in the UK and beginning work with producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Maccabees) on their first full length. Sigh No More was released in October 2009 and the band were shortlisted for the BBC’s Sound of 2009 Poll. It was issued in February 2010 in America through Glassnote Records. The achievements of Mumford & Sons since the albums’ release has been a success story rarely matched of recent years, in an industry we’re regularly led to believe is in constant decline. In each and every town and city that has welcomed the band has been treated to a jubilant and suitably intimate performance, regardless of the size of venue.
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Old Crow Medicine Show got its’ start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. Watson immediately invited the band to play at his MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter the band relocated to Nashville for a residency at the Grand Ole Opry, where they entertained the crowd between shows.
It’s been nearly fifteen years since those humble beginnings, and the band has gone on to tour the world, sell over 700,000 albums, become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Old Crow Medicine Show (Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, Chance McCoy) now have four studio albums to their name, three of which were released by Netwerk Records—O.C.M.S and Big Iron World produced by David Rawlings, and Tennessee Pusher produced by Don Was. On their newest album, Carry Me Back, Old Crow continue to craft classic American roots music while pushing themselves in new directions. Carry Me Back, released by ATO Records and produced by Ted Hutt, represents a new stretch of road in the timeless journey of a rambling string band.
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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros formed in 2007 after singer Alex Ebert met fellow singer Jade Castrinos outside of a café in downtown Los Angeles. In 2009 the 10 member troupe released their debut album Up From Below which featured the universally appealing hit “Home” as well as fan favorite’s “40 Day Dream” and “Janglin”. The past few years have been spent constantly touring the world while winning over audiences at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Leeds, Austin City Limits and more. With their follow up album Here featuring “Man On Fire” and “That’s What’s Up” recently being released, the band will tour Europe and the North America this summer while a third album is expected by the end of the year.
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