I was reading Under the Radar, a great magazine for finding new music, and it featured an article about Mumford and Sons. The subtitle “Banjo Princes of Britain” caught my attention. Here’s an excerpt from Marcus Kagler’s article:

“Indie-folk may be nothing new here in America-artists like Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Conor Oberst, and The Mountain Goats have expanded on various roots traditions over the years to the glee of a whole new generation of listeners-but in England, the genre is just now taking off, with a broad spectrum of young musicians playing their own country’s folk traditions into an updated indie aesthetic.”

Mumford and Sons never really had the intention of being part of a scene, but they can admit that this neo-folk trend is catching on, and that they are one of the acts caught in the web. They seem to have a good attitude about it, though; “We just like playing. If it’s popular, that’s wonderful, but if it’s not, we’ll probably keep doing it.”

If it sounds interesting to you, check out a couple tracks below.

Mumford and Sons – White Blank Page

Mumford and Sons – Roll Away Your Stone