Photos and article by: Harrison Boyd (www.harrisonboyd.ca)
As snow continued to fall in Ottawa Wednesday night, fans packed tightly into the Canadian Tire Centre for Mumford & Sons’ Delta Tour. The evening opened with a set by Atlanta native Charlyn Marshall, better known by her stage name Cat Power. A circular center stage and harsh backlighting made it nearly impossible to see Marshall and her band, but her voice was unmistakable across the arena. While providing a more relaxed start to the evening, the crowd provided her performance their upmost attention.
Despite arriving on stage a little late, fans were more than ready for Marcus Mumford and his proverbial Sons’ high-energy set. Between juggling a microphone, guitar, and playing a riff on drums, Mumford wanted the same energy back from his audience. Constant call outs were made to stand, and the crowd more than willingly complied. A sudden uptick in tempo had fans on their feet and singing along to Little Lion Man.
Staying true to previous concerts, the show relied on masterful lighting effects and no special apparatuses typically seen with similar stage layouts. While the band’s new album strays away from the group’s folk-like beginnings, the evening’s show was careful to balance both styles with favourites new and old.
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