When Mumford & Sons come to TD Garden on Tuesday, they arrive not just with the distinction of playing a sold-out show. They’ve accomplished something far grander.
“Mumford & Sons went on sale at 10 a.m. and sold out in six minutes,” says Tricia McCorkle, the arena’s director of public relations. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a folk act sell out the TD Garden, unless you consider James Taylor and Carole King a folk act. Pretty incredible.”
Indeed. It has been a incredible trajectory for the English quartet, whose rise was slow and steady (at least in this country) and led the way for a new crop of bands that play folk music with a decidedly raucous bent.
Not to dismiss their own merits, but let’s call them Mumford’s children: the Lumineers, the Head and the Heart, and Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men . All have become famous to varying degrees in the wake of Mumford’s sleeper success with “Sigh No More,” its debut released in the US in 2010.
The Mumfords also opened the door for Americana’s latest hyped band, the Lone Bellow, a country-leaning trio from Brooklyn being touted as the next Civil Wars, the genteel folk duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White, who are now on hiatus. (The Lone Bellow, the first act to be announced on this summer’s lineup for the Newport Folk Festival, plays the Paradise Rock Club on Feb. 14.)
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