MONTREAL - The crowd was going wild Thursday night for Mumford & Sons. Which is not out of the ordinary for a show for 10,600 people at the Bell Centre, but it is when that show is by an earnest neo-folk band from West London.
Mumford (there are no sons, for the record -- his bandmates are keyboardist-drummer Ben Lovett, banjo man "Country" Winston Marshall and bassist-drummer Ted Dwayne) was relaxed and conversational with fans, relating to them as a pal rather than a holier-than-thou rock star.
Timshel assured the audience that "You are not alone in this;" and one of several new songs (from the band's forthcoming album, due in the new year) swore that "I will wait for you," with help from surging horns.
The closest thing they have to a hit, Little Lion Man provoked general euphoria. The tune echoed to the rafters as the audience joined in, singing, clapping and stomping to the fast-strummed guitars.