Mumford & Sons' banjo player's split comments revealed to be a joke

Winston Marshall had said the band were 'over' to a reporter in New York

Mumford & Sons' banjo player's split comments revealed to be a joke

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Comments made by Mumford & Sons' banjo player Winston Marshall, suggesting that the band had split, have been denied by representatives of the band.

Last night (March 26) Marshall was quoted as telling Vulture at the New York afterparty for The National's Mistaken For Strangers film: "It's over. We had a good time, though, you know. It was good." However, representatives for the band have since told Billboard that the comments were meant as a joke.

Marshall was also asked if Mumford & Sons had "killed" the use of the banjo in popular music, to which he stated: "I think 'killed' is an understatement. We murdered it. We let it, yeah — fuck the banjo. I fucking hate the banjo."

Last September the band announced plans to take "a considerable amount of time off" following the end of the promotional tour for their second album 'Babel', with keyboardist Ben Lovett saying: "We just know we're going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that."

Last month frontman Marcus Mumford spoke on XFM about Winston Marshall, and the "rubbish" supergroup he formed last year in Nashville, with members of The Vaccines, JEFF the Brotherhood, Apache Relay and Old Crow Medicine Show, called Salvador Dali Parton.

"Winston went to Nashville and set up a band, played six gigs, recorded a live show and then they broke up, citing artistic differences at the end of the night, after playing six gigs in one night," said Marcus. "Apparently they were rubbish, apparently they were genuinely rubbish. But they're really proud of it, because they love that kind of thing."

Mumford & Sons released their debut album 'Sigh No More' in 2009 and followed it with 2012's 'Babel', which debuted at Number One on the UK's Official Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. The band toured extensively in support of both albums and delivered headline sets at Glastonbury and T In The Park last year.

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