Here’s the Story…
In the September 2013 Q Magazine article, Marcus Mumford tells of a group of 40-something women that met on the M&S website forum and became friends. THAT was US! The SOTR…AKA Mumford & Mums.
Click HERE to read interview in Q Magazine via Mumford and Sons Blog.
March 6, 2012, Nashville, TN - The Ryman (1st of 3 performances there)
It was after the gig and JB and I (DH) had made our way to the alley at the side of the Ryman hoping to see a glimpse of our boys and maybe score a brief hug if we were really lucky. Sure enough, upon rounding the corner, there was Ted with, we were to learn, his beautiful and amazing gf Issie! We waited patiently while he chatted and signed autographs and slowly made our way up to both of them. Most of you know our story and how the 8 of us became sisters (fans on the forum, friends on and off line, traveling/gig buddies and sisters) but at the time, our sisterhood was still new and fresh to us and we wanted desperately to share how we had all met with our boys. We were lucky enough to get to do that with each of them. First Winston and Ben whom we had met earlier that day, then with Ted and Issie in the alley way. (And to Ted’s credit, he actually remembered having met CH before at several UK gigs!) They were both so casual and easy to talk to that we stood and visited with them for almost 30 mins.
Just as we were about to leave, out comes Marcus. Of course he was immediately swarmed by fans so JB and I just continued to chat with Ted and Issie, biding our time until it was our turn. (Patience really is sometimes a virtue). Our goal, as I had said, was to tell ALL the boys our story, so after a few minutes, as JB stood on the sidewalk watching and listening and I sat on the step next to where Marcus stood, (see pic below of boots taken while “waiting”) Marcus turned his attention to us. Being the gentlemen he is, he turned and gave me a hand to help me up from the step I had been sitting on. We chatted some then he had Ted take our picture with him, “because Ted is a photographer” he said to us “so it will be a good one”. lol I handed over my camera to Ted, (insert brief chat about cameras and photography with Ted here) then grabbed a reluctant Issie for a pic with the 4 of us (Issie, Me, Marcus and JB). We then hurriedly told him our story and as with all the boys previously, gave us his undivided attention and seemed genuinely interested and impressed. We got another couple of minutes with them and the boys headed off to some undisclosed (to us) location .
Now, day 2! March 7, 2012. Same alley, now nicknamed by the sisters as “The Cave” (pictured below) aka popular smoke break location of band and other persons of importance. JB and I were just strolling along and low and behold there stood Marcus again, taking a smoke break. He spoke first as we approached, it being obvious that he remembered us from the previous night. Conversation turned again to the fact that this trip to Nashville was indeed the first time JB and I had met in person and were meeting up with VP and JA later that same night and yes…we had ALL met on the Forum. We told him about each of the sisters and where they were from and how we had gone from being just slightly obsessed fans to family! Our relationship had by far extended past someone to meet up with to go to a gig or mere acquaintances. He then told us how he had been against having a website and definitely against the forum! We had a general chat about how the art of face to face (or even telephone) conversations was being lost in this age of social media. We agreed but also expressed our gratitude that he didn’t win that argument because otherwise we all would probably have never met! He said, “I lay down my sword, you win!”
During the next 10 minutes or so of visiting with him, he brought up, a couple more times, how incredible he thought it was that we had JUST met the day before when it seemed as if we had known each other for years. Side note…As the conversation was winding down, up comes this cute little blonde to chat with Marcus, we will just call her J for the moment… Later that evening, he again graced us with his presence and we had the pleasure of introducing him to our other 2 sisters VP and JA as well as another member we had just met but chatted with on the forum frequently, aka glass skin, whom we AGAIN stated that we knew her from “THE FORUM” which we all had a good laugh over with Marcus stating through laughter, “I give, I give”. (continuation of Side Note…met up with cute little blonde again that night and discover J is administrator of Mumford and Sons Blog! Celebrities reign!)
So even though Marcus may not have remembered what we call ourselves exactly, (which I think stems from where we told him about our conversation with Winston about being their tour moms and he replied they could always use more mums!) but he did, however, learn the importance of OUR FORUM (the M&S fans forum), and what it means to all of us! I would hate to think of all that we would have been deprived of if Marcus had gotten his way. Thank you Mumford and Sons, for everything! You have truly given us more than we can ever repay you for…you have given us new friends and FAMILY!