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Mumford's plans for India

Folk quartet hope to reunite with Laura Marling for some far flung tour dates

  • 06/10/2009
  • Georgie Rogers
Mumford and Sons

London folk outfit Mumford & Sons are hoping to do some dates around the globe with Laura Marling.

Frontman Marcus Mumford used to be a firm fixture in Marling’s band, as her drummer, as did Ted Dwane on banjo and bass.

However, their own band commitments have taken priority as Mumford and Sons have become more well-known.

They released their anticipated debut album, Sigh No More, yesterday (5 Oct) with a hoe down at Lordship Farm in Standon, Hertfordshire to celebrate.

The band is currently in the middle of a UK tour and singer Marcus told 6 Music he was sad to part with Marling’s touring troupe but they are hoping to do some future dates with her in the coming months.

"We’re going to try and combine with the international tours, so we can all play together a bit more."

Marcus Mumford

"There’s a plan afoot to go to India in December for two weeks, with an Indian band called Indian Ocean who are like the Indian version of Fleet Foxes," he explained. "Then there’s a plan to possibly go to Australia, so we’re going to try and combine with the international tours, so we can all play together a bit more."

Sigh No More contains some new songs, which did not feature on the three EPs they put out before the album.

"They are a little darker but we’ve taken the bluegrass influences that we have for some of the earlier tracks we did," said Marcus, of how their sound has moved on.

"Winston [Marshall, banjo player]’s spent some time morphing his sound a little bit, using an electric guitar. I’ve been using an electric guitar. Some of them are a little fuller in sound and more ambitious lyrically," he added.

The tour continues at the Komedia in Brighton tonight (6 Oct), with further dates in Bath (7), Southampton (8), Northampton (11) and London (24).

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