Mumford & Sons brought their “Tour Of Two Halves” to Glasgow on Wednesday night for a sold-out gig.
Just a day after being announced as one of the three headliners for next summer’s T In The Park, the band took to stage to deafening cheers and applause.
“I Will Wait” kicked things off and set the zesty tone for the evening; Mumford & Sons have single-handedly made folk music cool again and their unique brand of folk/rock would not be out of place in a rowdy, Dublin pub.
A generous sprinkling of material from latest effort, “Babel” and debut album, “Sigh No More” shaped the set.
Frontman, Marcus Mumford looked relaxed albeit a little overwhelmed at the exceptionally warm reception but chat between songs was limited and often mumbled; small glitches that can be worked on and will have to be if Marcus wants to grow into the leader that the band needs and deserves.
The quartet were joined by various backing musicians; their set had everything from a tambourine to a trumpet and was a sophisticated “shin-dig” which fans lapped up.
Any lull in songs or between tracks brought enthusiastic cheering or raucous applause; an appreciation from punters that I haven’t seen anything quite like before.
Mumford & sons have enjoyed a stellar 2012; their second album, “Babel” was released in September and topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and is one of the biggest selling albums in the UK this year. The band have also been nominated for six Grammy Awards.
Mumford & Sons considered their fans in the seated area when they took to a small, acoustic stage at the back of the room; however, just four voices and guitars made little dent in the volume stakes and was barely coherent, a definite mis-fire.
Signature songs, “Little Lion Man” and “Winter Winds” got an airing and were embraced by the audience, however, it was “The Cave” and a cover of Joe Cocker’s take on “With A Little Help From My Friends” that stole the show, concluding the gig.
The announcement of Mumford & Sons as T headliners for their 20th Anniversary next July left me hesitant, unconvinced but after their stint in Glasgow, I stand firmly corrected.