Winston Marshall is a founding member of the Grammy Award winning British band Mumford & Sons formed in 2007. He plays the banjo, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, and provides backing vocals.
Before Mumford & Sons became established, Winston ran a jam night at Bosun's Locker, a tiny music club, where musicians who had an affinity for acoustic music hung out and played music together. He had started playing electric guitar at age 13, but later had a singularly intense O Brother, Where Art Thou? experience. As he said, "Watching it was fucking the end of me. It was like, 'That is the music I want to make' ". And so he took up the banjo. Since then he has been one of a handful of banjo players to bring the instrument a new life and appreciation in mainstream music. There are many banjo players today who will tell you they were inspired to play by Winston Marshall.
In the second decade of the 21st century, Mumford & Sons have managed to push acoustic instruments and crowd-around-the-mic harmonies toward the center of pop culture, no small feat! More about Winston Marshall