A banjo-infused Mumford and Sons show
Music | Mumford and Sons | Dec. 17 and 18, Scotiabank Arena
When Mumford and Sons began releasing singles from their fourth album, Delta, in August, they faced immediate criticism. The music itself—an experimental blend of jazz, rap and electronica—received praise from Rolling Stone as a “wildly experimental” step forward for the banjo-wielding Brits. But after they invited Jordan Peterson to their London studio, a photo of the band posing with the U of T professor started making its rounds online, eclipsing buzz around the album and instead, causing a wave of outrage on Twitter. Now, they’re trying to shift the focus back to music with a world tour. Onstage, they take an anything goes approach, jumping from crowd-surfing to intimate a cappella covers. Long-time fans will also be relieved to hear that the banjo is making a reappearance for a set list that includes a balance of old and new.