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Winston, regarding a man in a bike helmet: “Is he in fancy dress or is he a narcoleptic?”

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I have no idea if this has been a Banter Theatre or not, or if you’ve seen it many times before, but it’s hilarious, so watch it now, if you please, and marvel at both how clever and funny the boys are and how completely ridiculous in several languages!

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Banter Theatre: Zut Alors! Le Troisieme!

Wherein Marcus apologizes for the lack of eye contact and, apropos of nothing, Ben tells us about his instrument and Marcus predicts (if not starts) the next Franco-English War and then, of course, After the Storm in all its glory.

Reblogging from the archives. 

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Banter Theatre #104040

It is kind of remarkable to imagine this man, Marcus Mumford, and of course, this band of his not so-Sons as they are now.  Not that the music is a shade less lovely and well-crafted and genuine, but you can see that their stagecraft has developed a thousandfold.  They’ve become a band that can play Glastonbury, can play an arena, can play anywhere and with anyone and still make you feel it in your gut all the way at the top of the rows, back of the hall.

“Music reviewers are fucking assholes,” he says, and I’m so glad that as bothered and annoyed and pained as he sounds about the first blush critical reception of Sigh No More - which had just been completed (and gave way to a Grammy nomination and the critical esteem of so many music reviewers and fans), they just kept gigging and learning and being themselves.    Though, in this instance, you do want to give them all a hug and say,  "I’m from the future where your music owns my soul, and your album is beloved by millions, so don’t be upset.“

And then Winston cracks some inaudible jokes to distract Marcus.  +I Gave You All

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Banter Theatre #122

Wherein Marcus Mumford is a lovely man.  Also, it is revealed that he did something with his tongue while in France that impressed Ketch of Old Crow Medicine Show and Winston smacks Ted’s ass. 

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Banter Theatre #6984, The Zut Alors Series

Wherein Winnie speaks French and your dear Tumblress needs a stiff drink.

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Banter Theatre #2394 

Wherein we are treated to possibly the best Winston (Winnie. Not Ted.) quote Ever? “Trains are great.  America is great.  The combination is lethal.”  Wherein Ben invites everyone to swarm the train and travel with them to Texas in what promises to be the first traveling orgy by rail and Marcus rescinds the invitation almost immediately.  Darn.

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Banter Theater #10056: Marcus Leads An Apple Bollen Appreciation Life

For bonus background, track down the live version of Liar from when Marcus was touring there with Laura Marling.   

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Banter Theatre #1320: Zut Alors Series: That Racist Band of Wankers: Mumford & Sons

Wherein Ben’s schoolboy priorities are revealed (along with his French), Marcus insults the whole room, and to make up for it, backhandedly praises French coffee and Coca Cola.  

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Banter Theatre #2345

Humble and lovely Marcus compliments the audience’s politeness towards the opening acts.  + Timshel. Then, as is inevitable, there is talk of sweat and Marcus clarifies that sweat in his eyes does not mean he’s crying.  + White Blank Page.  

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Banter Theatre #40035 wherein we all just settle in with Mumford & Sons for a bit of a chat and learn about the linguistic gifts of our dear bandmates.  Ted, in particular!  

+ a really nice version of The Cave.

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Banter Theater #42204 wherein Winston lets you know which Beatle he thinks his bandmates correspond to and wherein Marcus lets him know what he thinks of that.

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A Very Wee Banter Theatre #35 wherein before a beautiful version of Timshel, Marcus treats us to an unexpected, though perhaps obvious, fact about the lyrics. 

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Some actual Mumford and Sons.  In light of Marcus’ recent (and gracefully recovered) forgetting of the lyrics in Awake My Soul, Marcus tells about forgetting the lyrics in another high-pressure performance.  

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Banter Theatre Marcus Falls Momentarily in Love with a Swiss Dude But Just Not Quite Enough To Involve Paperwork #??? 

Wherein…THAT, of course and Timshel.

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Banter Theatre: Ich Bin Ein Berliner Series #1

Slightly hard to hear, but Winston, impressive polyglot that he is, gets some assistance from Ketch from Old Crow Medicine Show on describing Roll Away Your Stone in German. 

“What is dancing in Deutche?”

“Dansen?”

“Dansen!”

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Banter Theatre #4001: T-Bear Tuesday Edition

Wherein Marcus worships the drums Ted pounds on.  

Mumford and Sons Cover Calvin Harris' I'm Not Alone for the BBC Lounge

Mumford and Sons Cover Calvin Harris’ I’m Not Alone for the BBC Lounge.

Wonderful. Completely PWN'ed it.   So here’s what I find fascinating.  This is one day before they recorded the song for the BBC.  There’s banter.  There’s “soul-selling” and naughtiness and I can’t believe how playing it the one time seemed to obviously tell them everything they needed to know to get it to the version everyone heard on the radio.

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Banter Theatre: Zut Alors! Le Troisieme!

Wherein Marcus apologizes for the lack of eye contact and, apropos of nothing, Ben tells us about his instrument and Marcus predicts (if not starts) the next Franco-English War and then, of course, After the Storm in all its glory.