BY TER STAFF
Just over a month into his first solo headlining tour, Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford paid a visit to The Sylvee in Madison, WI. Returning to Wisconsin’s capital for the first time since 2019, after Mumford & Sons performed for a packed crowd at the Kohl Center, the newly solo Marcus Mumford performed cuts from his new solo release, Self-Titled.
Opening with his Mumford & Sons tracks, “I Will Wait”, “Awake My Soul” and “The Cave”, all from the band’s first two LPs, Marcus eased the crowd into his new project with familiar classics before performing his critically acclaimed solo debut in its entirety. Delivering the entire album from start to finish, fans throughout the sold-out crowd were as familiar with the new tracks as they were his biggest hits as the Mumford & Sons frontman.
But show wasn’t over following the completion of Mumford’s solo catalog, as he put on an encore performance of covers that was worth the price of admission. The final act of Mumford’s set included a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet” and two tracks from his Jim James, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith and Rhiannon Giddens supergroup, The New Basement Tapes. The only disappoint of the encore and show was the omission of Mumford’s rendition of Taylor Swift’s “cowboy like me”, which had been performed throughout the tour but not Friday night, which just so happened to be the release date of Swift’s new album “Midnights”.
Marcus Mumford is no stranger to a big stage, but his solo career is quickly paying off as he is releasing some of his best music to date and he still knows how to rock a crowd. But just because he went solo, Mumford will be the first to tell you that he owes his solo success to the talented cast of musicians that he surrounds himself with. However, even if it’s just Marcus Mumford and a guitar on stage, you can guarantee yourself a great performance.
Check out our photos from Marcus Mumford’s Friday night performance at The Sylvee below.
Photos by Dan Garcia