Mumford & Sons are an English folk rock band. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), "Country" Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums). Although the band members have claims on certain instruments, they switch instruments during live shows according to convenience, each handling a variety of instruments. The band formed in October 2007, rising out of what some in the media labeled the "West London folk scene" with other artists such as Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Noah and the Whale.
The band has often supported Laura Marling at concerts, while their association with Noah and the Whale can be traced back to St Paul's School, Barnes and King's College School, Wimbledon. Mumford and Lovett attended King's College School alongside Noah and the Whale bassist Matt Owens, while Marshall attended St Paul's School along with Charlie Fink, lead singer of Noah and the Whale.
The band's debut album, “Sigh No More,” was released in the United Kingdom in October 2009, and February 2010 in the United States. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #11 and peaked at #3 and it went to #6 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album reached #1 in Australia, after spending 17 weeks previously on the charts, and has been certified double platinum there. In March 2010 the album certified Platinum in the UK. "Little Lion Man" was released in September 2009 as the first single from the album. The single managed to reach #21 on the UK Singles Chart. "Winter Winds" was released in December 2009 as the second single from the album and managed to reach #44 in the UK Singles Chart. "The Cave" and "Roll Away Your Stone" were also released as singles.
In December 2010, the band received two Grammy Award nominations, one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rock Song ("Little Lion Man"). They won the Brit Award in 2011 for Best British Album.