No major shark news to report. But, I did attend the Mumford & Sons concert last night and I am happy to report that it was a really fun show. Upright bass, banjo, harmony, catchy tunes... what is not to like! Like the whole British nu-folk revival or not, it is a refreshing sound! I definitely think that our lovely Rexall was not the ideal location for this band or this sound, and ideally you would get to see them somehwere with a vibe like Mercer's Tavern or even the Starlite Room. But, no other location can accommodate so many people so I accept the good with the bad.
If you also enjoyed the Mumford & Sons concert I highly encourage you to check out Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit. Johnny pedals the same sort of tunage, but with an increased emphasis on storytelling, finger picking, and subtlety. I have been a fan for a while, and have seen him play 3 times (at Edmonton's Folk Fest, in Chicago, and in North Carolina). Each show was a little bit different but equally awesome.
Check out their sound here.