Winston Marshall, a founding member of folk-rock group Mumford & Sons announced Thursday that he is leaving the band so that he can “speak freely” about political issues.
Mumford & Sons took an unexpected break earlier this year when Winston tweeted his admiration for "Unmasked," a book by right-wing writer and activist Andy Ngo which attacked far-left militant groups collectively known as Antifa.
Marshall, a guitarist from the UK band that was accused of endorsing the far-right ideology last week, said Thursday “nothing could be further from the truth.” He went on to condemn all political extremism and say his decision to leave was so he can speak freely without consequence for his friends who still play with him in The Libertines.
Marshall said that “as long as I am a member of the band, speaking my mind on the evils of political extremism could bring them trouble. My loyalty and love for them cannot permit that.”
In a statement, he said: “From odysseys through the Scottish Islands to headlining Glastonbury, from The Betsy Trotwood to Madison Square Garden. We’ve done it all. What a blessing it was to be so close to such talent as those three lads. I will look back at it all with immense pride and love. However, after much reflection and consideration, I have decided it is time to move on.
“This is a difficult decision first brought about by an unintentional Twitter storm.”
The London band that formed in 2007, Mumford & Sons have had huge success with their jangly folk-rock and won the album of the year Grammy for their 2012 record "Babel."
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