“The Cave” – Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons are a British folk rock band. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), Country Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro, guitar), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums, guitar). Mumford & Sons formed in December 2007, emerging out of what some in the media labelled the “West London folk scene”. The band gained popularity throughout 2010, performing for larger audiences and making their first network television appearance in the US On December 1st, 2010.
Much of Mumford & Sons’ lyrical content has a strong literary influence, its debut album name deriving from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. “The Cave,” is no exception, drawing several references to The Odyssey, also referencing Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”, from The Republic. More specifically, the song references G.K. Chesterton’s book St. Francis of Assisi which Chesterton uses Plato’s Cave as a way of explaining how St. Francis views the world from God’s perspective.
Aside from the severely intellectual nature of their music, Mumford & Sons has brought modern Folk to the masses. They have have been nominated for 6 Grammy’s and numerous other awards, and have made the Banjo cool again! I think that’s certainly something we can all be happy for.