Mumford & Sons – Winter Fair, Trafalgar Square 02/12/2009

December 8, 2009 by  

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On the day of the much anticipated Mumford and Sons Winter Fair gig the rain was so unrelenting in London that it looked set to be a complete washout, yet like a blessing from the gods the rained eventually subsided for what proved to be a early festive treat for the 150 or so fans that occupied the cold square outside St Martin In the Fields in Trafalgar Square.

Still sodden by the earlier rain and clutching onto paper cups of muled wined and roast pork baps the crowed stood still as Mumford And Sons hurriedly rushed through a sound-check, which they had been prohibited from doing earlier due to the stages location. The stage in question was little more than an inflatable dome which would look more at home at a children’s birthday party, yet crammed inside this particular inflatable orange cave Mumford and Sons managed to play through a uplifting set of heartfelt folk songs that were enough to warm the most frozen punters in the crowd and stop a fair few passers by.

Wedged between the usual highlights from their stunning d?but album Sigh No More were some peculiar and unexpected cover versions, most notably a rendition of ‘Not In Nottingham’ from the Disney version of Robin Hood ,which in the hands of Mumford and Sons seemed to take on a new poignancy and relevance with today’s recession hit Britain.

Ultimately, it was the aforementioned highlights of Sigh No More that made standing outside on this cold December evening worthwhile. The invigorating ‘The Cave’, the driving ‘Little Lion Man’ and the serene ‘Winter Winds’ lifted the set to celestial heights, expelling all thoughts of soggy toes and chapped lips from the crowd.

With their album now propping up most best of ’09 lists and two headline shows at Shepherds Bush Empire nearly sold out this could be the last time anyone is lucky enough to see Mumford & Sons such in such an intimate setting.