Currently in the midst of a US tour and gearing up to play a massive Hyde Park gig with Arcade Fire at the end of the month, British bluegrass group Mumford & Sons is on top of the indie world. They’ve certainly been busy in the last few months, but they found the time to visit VH1 to record an Unplugged performance that’s scheduled to premier June 24. Today they released a sneak peek of the show in the form of a cover from fellow indie heavyweights The National.
Fittingly, the London-based Mumfords chose to cover “England,” noting that their version is their “Rule Britannia” song of the set. They give the High Violet track the full Mumford & Sons treatment, dressing it up with the rapid-fire bluegrass banjo and raspy close harmonies that characterize their best songs. The result is less grandly atmospheric than The National’s original, but the warmer, more intimate sound suits a cover from a band who calls England home. Watch the performance below.
Mumford & Sons – England (The National cover)