Mumford & Sons

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Banjo player Winston ‘Country’ Marshall, pictured left, wore the original Manchester United scarf for the shoot, in protest against owners the Glazier family’s running of the club.

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Mumford & Sons’ excellently named Winston takes a break from banjo duties to shred some chords on an electric guitar onstage at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire earlier in the month.

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The Mumford stage show in full force. For an in-depth interview with the band, including a run-down of their favourite folk albums, grab this week’s NME. The mag also features a tribute to late Big Star man Alex Chilton.

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Mumford & Sons’ double bass man Ted Dwane perfects the strum ‘n’ gurn onstage at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. The band recently announced a collaboration with The Kinks’ Ray Davies is in the works.

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Marcus Mumford sings debut single ‘Little Lion Man’ onstage in London earlier this month. In this week’s mag the band debunk the myth that there’s some kind of ‘scene’ with Laura Marling and Noah And The Whale.

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Mumford & Sons have come a long way together fast. They only formed a little over two years ago, were longlisted for last year’s BBC Sounds Of 2009 poll and now they’ve enjoyed a worldwide tour, an appearance on David Letterman and that holiest of grails, an NME cover.

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Mumford & Sons perform tracks from the NME-rated 7/10 album at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on March 14th 2010.

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NME photographer Tom Oxley and writer Barry Nicholson snuck backstage to catch the band before their mammoth O2 Shepherds Bush Empire gig earlier this month as part of the band’s first NME cover feature. Read the full story in this week’s issue.

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The cosy confines of the Mumford dressing room in Shepherds Bush. Note the four bottles of untouched red wine on the windowsill – it was obviously still very early in the day. Watch our video interview with the band on the set of their covershoot now.

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