Mumford and Sons Controversy: After a Tumultuous Post, Mumford & Sons’ Banjoist Is ‘taking Time Away from The Band.’
Mumford & Sons is a folk-rock band from the United Kingdom that formed in 2007. Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums), Ted Dwane (vocals, bass guitar, double bass), and Ben Lovett (lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums) were the members of the band (vocals, keyboards, piano). In the year 2021, Winston Marshall (banjo, electric guitar, resonator guitar, and dobro) departed the band.
Sigh No More (2009), Babel (2012), Wilder Mind (2015), and Delta are the four studio albums released by Mumford & Sons (2018). Sigh No More debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and the Billboard 200 in the US, followed by Babel and Wilder Mind, which both debuted at number one in the UK and US, the former becoming the fastest-selling rock album of the decade and earning them a headline slot at the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2011), The Road to Red Rocks (2012), and Life from South Africa: Dust and Thunder (2013) are the three live albums released by the band (2017).
Winston Marshall, a Banjoist for Mumford & Sons, Has Stepped Down Following the Political Controversies Surrounding Andy Ngo
Winston Marshall, the banjoist for folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, has left the band after being entangled in a political dispute over his praise for right-wing writer Andy Ngo’s book.
Marshall shared his comments on Ngo’s book, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy,” on Twitter in March. “At long last, I’ve had the opportunity to read your significant book. “You’re a courageous individual.” Marshall apologized and said he will take some time apart from Mumford & Sons “to evaluate my blindspots” after the post was met with outrage from fans.
Marshall Revealed His Departure from The Band on Thursday
In 2007, he created the band with Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, which he co-founded with Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane.
“Leaving the band is the only way ahead for me.” I’m hoping that by separating myself from them, I’ll be free to express myself without fear of retaliation. I depart with nothing but love in my heart for those three sons. Their stars, in my opinion, will continue to shine for a long time. Marshall noted in a Medium blog post, “I will continue my work with Hong Kong Link Up, and I look forward to new creative initiatives as well as speaking and writing on a variety of problems, as tough as they may be.”
He continued, “I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating, reading, and listening.” “The truth is that my remarking on a book about the extreme Far-Left and their activities is in no way an endorsement of the equally disgusting Far-Right.” Reporting on extremism while putting one’s life at jeopardy is, without a doubt, courageous. I also believe that my prior apologies contribute to the myth that such extremism does not exist, or, even worse, that it is a force for good.”
After a Tumultuous Social Media Post, Mumford & Sons’ Banjoist Is Taking a Break from The Band
Winston Marshall said he needed to “check my blindspots” after praising Ngo’s book ‘Unmasked,’ which sparked a social media backlash.
Winston Marshall, the Grammy-winning British band’s banjo player and lead guitarist, is “taking time away” from Mumford & Sons after receiving outrage on social media for supporting a book by right-wing agitator Andy Ngo.
“Over the past several days, I have come to better appreciate the suffering caused by the book I promoted,” Marshall stated in a tweet posted to his account on Tuesday night. I am really sorry for offending not only many strangers but also those closest to me, including my bandmates.”
Marshall Has Been Involved in A Number of Incidents, Including the Ngo Incident
Mumford & Sons has sparked controversy by engaging with well-known right-wing figures such as Country Winston and WN5TN. Jordan Peterson, a transphobic, misogynistic, and Islamophobic Canadian scholar, was invited to the band’s London studios in 2018.
“I don’t think that having a photograph with someone means you agree with everything they say,” Marshall said to a Canadian radio station after images of Peterson and members of the band circulated on social media. “Primarily, I’m interested in his psychological issues,” he added.