Boy & Bear - Moonfire (2 stars)

Boy & Bear - Moonfire

Mumford-esque mimsy-folk from down under


If you’ve considered moving to the opposite side of the world to escape Mumford & Sons, think again – their Australian kindred spirits and touring partners Boy & Bear await you, ready to close the jaws of a vice-like international folk-pop mimsy grip.

OK, slightly harsh – the Sydney quintet only evoke their banjo-abusing British counterparts about half the time, when they’re not racking-up debts also to the likes of Fleet Foxes (Dave Hosking’s voice is a dead ringer for Robin Pecknold’s), Damien Rice (‘Golden Jubilee’) and Paul Simon (‘The Village’). Moonfire’s hefty mainstream clout is well proven – it hit number two in the charts down-under and scooped the band five gongs at this year’s ARIAs (the Australian equivalent of the BRITs), and it’s coming this way. Double the Mumfords? We’re making for the Moon.

BOY AND BEAR - Golden Jubilee

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