Winston Marshall has no regrets leaving Mumford & Sons after being ‘canceled’: ‘I’m released’

New York, New York- Musician Winston Marshall says he doesn’t regret leaving the folk rock band Mumford & Sons and the exhilarating experiences that accompanied them to speak more freely about taboo subjects.

Back on the road after two years since before the COVID-19 pandemic, Marshall, who co-founded and played banjo for Mumford & Sons, chatted with Fox News Digital ahead of a gig in New York’s SoHo during a event sponsored by the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR). FAIR is described as a “non-profit, non-partisan and pro-human organization”. Having played only a handful of times over the past few years, Marshall jokingly pleaded that expectations would remain “low”.

“I’m thrilled to be back,” Marshall said. “I played songs that I wrote over the past few years, but playing alone with a guitar. And I enjoyed it a lot. The crowds were very attentive, listening. It’s nice to play the songs stripped down and letting the lyrics and melody do the work. It’s great.”

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Winston Marshall of Mumford &; Sons performs during the Okeechobee Music Festival at Sunshine Grove on March 8, 2020 in Okeechobee, Florida.
(Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

Marshall fell victim to the cancel culture last year after tweeting his support for a book by conservative author Andy Ngo that exposed Antifa’s left-wing radicalism, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy “.

At the time, Marshall called the book “significant” and praised Ngo. He expanded on Tuesday, saying anyone who cares about black lives should be appalled by the violence that erupted during the riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“My hill that I ended up dying on, which I didn’t think it would be, was far-left extremism in the United States,” Marshall recalled. “If you care about black lives, as Black Lives Matter supporters claim, don’t you care that all those black businesses were destroyed during the riots? You don’t care that 19 people were killed during the first 14 days of the riots?

“And that doesn’t mean we don’t care about trans people or we don’t care about black people,” he continued. “Of course we care about ourselves. But we have to look at the big picture, otherwise we’re not helping anyone. So people should care about these issues. I certainly do.”

While Marshall first apologized after the backlash for his tweet about Ngo’s book, he later wrote a blog post signaling his decision to leave Mumford & Sons and speak more freely about topics close to his heart. .

“No need to have regrets,” he told Fox News Digital. “You have to move on and look forward in life. Things are what they are, and I really appreciate the work I’m doing now.”

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Winston Marshall of Mumford &;  Sons performs during the Okeechobee Music Festival at Sunshine Grove on March 8, 2020 in Okeechobee, Florida.

Winston Marshall of Mumford &; Sons performs during the Okeechobee Music Festival at Sunshine Grove on March 8, 2020 in Okeechobee, Florida.
((Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage))

Marshall took full advantage of his newfound freedom. As host of “Marshall Matters,” a podcast on The Spectator, the musician found a platform to delve into some hot topics, some of which he said he was surprised he was so passionate about. .

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Marshall had just finished a chat with ‘Apocalypse Never’ author Michael Shellenberger for his latest episode on the rise of climate alarmism, highlighting the art that has been vandalized across Europe by climate protesters. .

“Exploring basically every taboo subject of the time,” Marshall said of his show. “Environmentalism is one. The trans issue is one. Israel-Palestine, anti-Semitism is one. Black Lives Matter is one. self-censor because they’re sacred, I think, in some ways.”

“And so I loved getting into that now that I’m released, I guess,” he added. “I should use my voice. It’s stupid not to.”

Former Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall performs in New York City.

Former Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall performs in New York City.
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Marshall said his next dream podcast guests would be Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American journalist, author and women’s rights activist, to talk about the Iranian revolution, and American comedian Shane Gillis.

“I found out who my real friends were, which is actually a wonderful thing in the long run,” Marshall said of looking back on the past year. “It’s painful to go through this experience, but in the long run, it’s wonderful. And I’ve also…gained a lot of new friends. And I’m so grateful for that. It’s been fantastic. Not necessarily people sharing same ideas, just people it’s okay to disagree with. It’s amazing.

In too many circles, he said, it’s a “progressive mistake not to accept people with diverse opinions.”

“We have forgotten the fundamental Christian value that we have all fallen and we are all fallible,” he continued.

Marshall said he noticed a “common mistake” among progressives and conservatives that “the world is separated into good guys and bad guys” – a belief he called “bulls—“.

“We are all capable of good, and we are all capable of evil,” he said. “If we overcome this, we will reach sanity.”

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Marshall explained why he partnered with FAIR, saying he hopes it will be the civil liberties group that the ACLU and SPLC “fail to be.”

“I hope they can be a group that proudly opposes racism without having any divisive philosophy behind it, like I think a lot of other anti-racism groups have,” he said. “One based on principles, liberal principles of individualism… I mean we shouldn’t be divided into identity groups and America suddenly needs that.”

Marshall also shared his passion for his work with Hong Kong Link Up, a nonprofit he founded in 2021 that aims to connect UK residents with Hong Kongers arriving in the UK.

“So when Hong Kong people arrived, they were matched with local Brits wherever they wanted to settle, who then helped them settle and find their feet in any country,” he said. -he declares. “And it’s been wonderful. And now we’ve pivoted. And the Hong Kongers who arrived are now hoping for the Ukrainians to arrive.”

He called his work with the band “quite special”.

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Marshall hasn’t forgotten his musical roots, giving his fans a sneak peek at the new tracks he’s written and plans to release next year.

“You never know, he says. “With music, they take different paths. But I’ve been in the studio writing songs, and collaborating with some really interesting people. So hopefully they will evolve into something presentable.”

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