June 17, 2011

I could not disagree more with Chris Richards’s June 11 Style review of Mumford & Sons’ concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion [“Mumford & Sons brush off subtle strokes of folk”].

I was introduced to the band last year by my 25-year-old daughter and jumped at the chance to see it live. I was not disappointed. Richards referred to the band members “yelping in harmony.” It was the vocal abilities of all band members that impressed me the most. I thought it was reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of yore. Richards said that “all the instrument-swapping on stage proved that none of these guys is truly a dynamite player.” I beg to differ. Their integration of various musical influences from rock, folk, bluegrass and even Celtic was masterful. Richards needs the “chill pills,” not the band. Maybe he should have had a lawn seat and got the good soaking that all those loyal fans endured before the show.

Joe Wiedenmayer, Bethesda