9 bands like Mumford & Sons for you to enjoy
Mumford & Sons changed the game when they burst onto the scene in 2009. Their first album, Sigh No More, rose to the top of the charts in both the UK and the US, and ushered in a fresh wave of modern folk rock that is still going strong, a decade later.
Since their inception, the London group has released three more albums and scooped up six Grammy Nominations. They even performed with icons Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers back in 2011.
If you’re a fan of the tight harmonies and classic folk-rock sound, we have good news. There are many other bands like Mumford & Sons, and we’ve compiled a list here. (You can also check out this list on Spotify.)
Bear’s Den has a lot in common with Mumford & Sons. Both bands hail from London and feature driving guitar melodies with folk roots. The group features Andreew Davie on lead vocals and guitar and Kevin Jones on backup vocals, drums, and bass.
Bear’s Den made its first tour in 2016/2017, traveling through the US in a Volkswagen Campervan together. This trip was heavily inspirational for them, and even spawned a documentary, Austin to Boston.
The band has four studio albums, with their second album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain, reaching number six on the UK charts. Though the band can be a bit more toned down than some of Mumford & Sons more raucous tracks, they’re still one of the best folk rock bands around.
FIREFLY SEARCH PARTY
Singapore-based band FIREFLY PARTY are a unique duo. The husband-and-wife team blend their vocals together in tight, rocking harmonies that will most certainly remind you of Mumford & Sons.
This heartfelt track, I’m Not Gonna Lose You, features strumming guitars, a dance-worthy beat, and delightfully sweet lyrics guaranteed to have you singing along in no time. FIREFLY SEARCH PARTY’s latest song, Gonna Dance, came out in December of 2020, and we can’t wait to see what else this pair has in store.
Something must be in the water in the UK, because the region has churned out a number of the best bands like Mumford & Sons. This includes Courteous Thief, a singer/songwriter from North Wales who brings a beautiful blend of new folk and acoustic indie pop.
Courteous Thief’s first album, Symphony, made quite the splash in the UK, winning the title of BBC Radio Wales Single of The Week. And Courteous Thief didn’t stop there, releasing two more albums, including one released in July 2020.
Like Mumford & Sons, Courteous Thief features driving acoustic guitar set against soft yet fast-paced lyrics that are straight from the soul.
Take a moment to listen to the soothing, sometimes haunting music of Beta Radio, and you’ll see why the band has already made a big impact. The two-man group, originally from North Carolina, bring together an eclectic mix of instruments, including the glockenspiel, harmonium, rhodes, and lots of banjo. The result is a genre that is both completely surprising and also reflective of the bluegrass and rock roots of America’s south.
You may be wondering why you haven’t heard of this band, seeing that they’ve been releasing music since 2010. But you may have heard them without knowing it—the band was featured on two episodes of the tv series Hart of Dixie. They’ve also collaborated with some well-known names in the music industry, including members of The National and Bon Iver.
Old Sea Brigade
Old Sea Brigade is the stage name for songwriter and producer Ben Cramer, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. He came onto the scene in 2015, when he released his first EP to much fanfare. Following this, he began a tour of the US and Europe, gaining a dedicated following to his music, described as indie folk with “a sense of Southern-gothic.”
Since then, Old Sea Brigade has released a number of EPs, along with a studio album, Ode to a Friend. He’s also been featured on a number of television series, including Gray’s Anatomy, This is Us, and A Million Things.
The singer’s sweet vocals, set against pared down guitar and lilting, mellow tones, is the perfect addition to any Mumford & Sons fan’s playlist.
Of Monsters and Men
In 2010, Of Monsters and Men competed in an annual music competition in their home country of Iceland, and took home top prize. Their star has been rising ever since. Their 2011 album My Head Is an Animal debuted at the top of the charts in Australia, Iceland, and Ireland. The single from that album, Little Talks, made it to the top spot on the US Alternative Songs list.
Like Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men is a quartet, with peaceful yet stirring melodies backed by guitar, bass, glockenspiel, tambourine, and the occasional accordion. Their third album, Fever Dream, came out in 2019, and the group released a new single in September of 2020. We hope that’s a sign of much more to come.
Brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor got their start busking on the streets in Dublin. The Irish pair, who just released their latest studio album in 2020, blend together Americana and Irish folk music, and as a result, sound something like an Irish version Mumford & Sons.
Hudson Taylor’s career really took off in 2018, when the pair toured Europe, often selling out the venues. Their 2020 album was produced by Ryan Hadlock, who’s also worked with other folk-style greats like Vance Joy and The Lumineers. After its release, it climbed to the top of the Irish charts, and several of their popular singles have seen millions of streams on Spotify.
If you’re looking for folk music like Mumford & Sons, but perhaps a bit brighter and more poppy, KAWALA may be the answer. This band, started by singers Jim Higson and guitarist/singer Daniel McCarthy, gained notoriety after their release of this single, Do It Like You Do. Since then, they’ve grown their band to include another lead guitarist, as well as a bassist and drummer.
The group is still picking up steam, having appeared at several UK-based festivals and recently releasing their debut EP. If you like Glass Animals, Bombay Bicycle Club, and of course Mumford & Sons, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy KAWALA as well.
Jake Isaac rounds out our list of artists like Mumford & Sons. The singer, born in south London, is a multinstramentalist with a voice that’s both sweet and gruff (not unlike the singers in Mumford & Sons). His music showcases his soul and folk roots, with some pop stylings that will have you singing along to his catchy tracks.
Isaac’s first EP, Hearts & Parables, came out in 2012, and by 2015 he’d gotten the attention of Elton John, who subsequently offered him a deal with Rocket Record Company. Isaac has gone on international tours and came out with a new EP in 2020, called Things I’ll Tell You Tomorrow. He’ll make a great addition to your Mumford & Sons-inspired playlists.