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By Margaret Chrystall

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Mumford and Sons
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Mumford and Sons

THE night after bagging the BRIT award for best album, Mumford And Sons announced a tour that keeps a promise made when they were still an unknown band touring small Highland venues.

Just over two years ago, the four unknown lads from London came to play some small Highland shows before appearing at 2009’s Loopallu festival in Ullapool.

Highland-based Beyond promoter Rob Hicks revealed yesterday: "The band loved the experience so much – from the warmth of the Highland audience to the stunning scenery, and the odd chilly dip in a cold January loch – that they vowed they’d be back.

"A million albums plus many awards later, they’ve kept that promise."

Now Beyond presents eight intimate shows with Mumford and Sons across the Highlands next month.

The tour kicks off on Mull at the Aros Hall in Tobermory on Wednesday, March 2, before the band makes its way north with further stops at The BA Club in Fort William (March 3), The Loft near Forres (March 4), Ullapool’s Village Hall (March 5), An Lanntair in Stornoway (March 7), Inverness Ironworks (March 8), the Whiteness and Weisdale Hall near Lerwick (March 9) and finishing up on Orkney at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall (March 11).

Tickets for the shows are priced at £20 subject to booking fee, go on sale at 10am on Saturday and are limited to two per person.

They are also ONLY available in person from the venue box offices listed below (age restrictions in brackets).

And Rob Hicks revealed there will be NO telephone or web tickets available for any of the shows.

Tobermory An Tobar (14+ show); Fort William The BA Club (16+ show); Forres Sound & Vision, Elgin (16+ show); Ullapool Northwest Outdoors (16+ show); Stornoway An Lanntair (14+ show); Inverness Ironworks (14+); Lerwick – High Level Music (16+ shows); Kirwall – Grooves (14+ show). At some venues under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Mumford and Sons are set to headline a special Shockwaves NME Awards Show in London later this month.

On Tuesday, the band’s album Sigh No More beat off stiff competition at the BRITS awards from the likes of Take That and Tinie Tempah and the band also turned in an acoustic performance at the awards.

It followed their performance at the Grammys with Bob Dylan where they were nominated for best new artist and best rock song for Little Lion Man.

And on Tuesday the band will head up an NME Shockwaves Awards night in London as part of a show hosted by the Communion musical collective the Mumfords are part of.

The show also features Carrbridge’s Rachel Sermanni who has become friends with the band after busking on the beach with them during Ullapool festival Loopallu.

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