The Marsh Family – Bio
The Marsh Family found a worldwide audience after uploading pandemic parody songs that went viral in 2020 with their unique mix of humour, heart, and hope. The family of six, from Kent in the UK, are versatile, earthy, and independent – putting their own unique twist on genres from musicals and folk to Motown and funk. Dubbed the “Von Trapped” family by the New York Times, they have raised millions of spirits and smiles since lockdowns, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live (2020), the BBC’s Comic Relief (2021), and spearheading a Christmas campaign for Prostate Cancer UK in December 2021.
For more details, see their Wikipedia entry.
Their forthcoming single “See Your Face Again” is released on Friday 16th June – pre-order here: https://orcd.co/seeyourface.
‘See Your Face Again’ is a hauntingly beautiful cry for connection and compassion. Amidst a world of crises, trauma, and forced separations, the song offers a poignant expression of the desire to be reunited. Driven by soft vocals, achingly wishful lyrics, and flickering instrumentation, ‘See Your Face Again’ moves its listeners to a sense of harmony, urging them to see and treat refugees as people in need of empathy and support.
It is The Marsh Family’s first ever collaboration, with Afghan violinist Ali Esmahilzada featuring in subtle flourishes that punctuate the track and reflect his own experience of fleeing Kabul to the United States in 2022, and then being gifted the 100-year-old antique violin that is woven in with the vocals, clarinet, and cello.
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The song is released to raise awareness for Refugee Week in June 2023, with the video developed in partnership with Kent Refugee Action Network, a charity which works to support young people arriving in Kent, where the Marsh Family live.
THE MARSH FAMILY in 2023
Listen here to download or share it: https://orcd.co/mystorybook
“My Storybook” was released on 17th February 2023. A song about gladness, memories, companionship, and celebrating the simple things that ground us and make life worthwhile. It was selected for the FATEA Magazine Showcase Spring Sessions for 2023.
Look forward to hearing what you guys think of it!
|REVIEW QUOTE||SOURCE & LINK|
|“A pop-folk nostalgic gem…The Marsh Family is slowly becoming a musical phenomenon, managing though to always maintain their soulful, authentic, and honest spirit.”||Mesmerized|
|“It’s a truly positive-feeling number…manages to feel amost euphoric in places.”||Send Me Your Ears|
|“intricate and inspiring new single…a vibrant and expressive soundscape…full of poetic prowess and intentional depth.”||KIMU|
|“a quite lovely new single…a song to turn up rather loud”||A&R Factory|
|“The country-pop track has an anthemic charm”||Good Music Radar|
|“Joyful and heartwarming…an irresistible ode to the simple pleasures of life and the enduring power of love”||Find No Enemy|
|“Captures the essence of summer…a warm and comforting sound that invites the listener in…a perfect addition to any summer playlist.”||Plastic Magazine|
|“Especially poignant in today’s world…infectious joy and positivity…The production is polished yet retains a rustic charm that perfectly complements the family band’s sound.”||Illustrate Magazine|
About The Marsh Family
The Marsh Family is a musical family group based in Faversham, Kent. Talented vocalists, lyricists, and multi-instrumentalists, the family consists of parents Ben (a history lecturer, 46) and Danielle Marsh (administrator, 45) and their children Alfie (16), Thomas (15), Ella (13) and Tess (11). Having sung together since the kids were born in Scotland, they have grown as fast in fanbase as they have in size, reaching 132,000 subscribers on YouTube in just 24 months, with all their tracks recorded at home. Though sometimes compared to The Partridge Family and “Weird Al” Yankovic for their camaraderie and biting humour in parodies, their original sound carries more of the folk rock tones of Fleetwood Mac, mixed with the pulse and harmonic resonance of other family vocals (such as the Bee Gees, Beach Boys, and The Corrs).
THE MARSH FAMILY in 2022
- “IN A SEEMINGLY PLASTIC WORLD, THIS HUMBLE FEARLESSNESS MUST BE ADMIRED FOR ITS COURAGEOUS ENERGY…A TERRIFIC TRACK” [A&R FACTORY]
- “ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL” [MUSIC ASYLUM]
- “BOATLOADS OF EMPATHY…HITS HARD” [TJPL NEWS]
- “DESERVES TO BE ON THE SAME SHELF AS THE GREATEST STANDARDS OF THE SEASON” [MUSIC FOR ALL MAGAZINE]
- “SOULFUL PASSION…RIVETING BLEND OF VOCAL TIMBRES” [SINOSOIDAL MUSIC]
- “A WORK OF GREAT DEPTH AND CONSCIENCE” [ROCK ERA MAGAZINE]
- “PERFECTLY SUITED FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON” [POP HITS CO]
- “INCREDIBLY INSPIRED” [IT’S A MUSIC BLOG]
- “AN EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS SONG” [MUSIC ARENA]
- “STUNNING HARMONIES, SOULFUL VOCAL PERFORMANCES AND LAYERED INSTRUMENTATION” [FVB MUSIC BLOG HOTPICKS]
- “A RAVISHING HOLIDAY BLEND” [GOOD MUSIC RADAR]
- “THIS IS THE WAY TO DO CHARITY SINGLES” [FATEA MAGAZINE]
“IN THE BLEAK” (click to order) was The Marsh Family’s release for Christmas 2022, available for download or streaming! After UK Gift Aid, it raised £8,000 for Save the Children – thanks to everyone who donated in tough times.
The song confronts with harmonic resonance and heartfelt lyrics the dire state of the world and the need for us to hang onto hope and take heart in tough times.
The official video is on The Marsh Family’s YouTube channel.
“A huge heartfelt thank you for raising such a wonderful amount in December with your song” (Save the Children)
The Marsh Family – 2022 Highlights
These were two of their favourite songs from 2022, which racked up over two million views between them. The first is an adaptation of the traditional song “Waltzing Matilda” in support of the people of Iran protesting for “Women. Life. Freedom.” The second is our parody about the cost of living crisis, and a tribute to the magnificent Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, which we titled “All of the Prices Have Gone Up (But We Can’t Pay That!)”.
The disastrous and chaotic state of UK politics at the end of 2022 also prompted The Marsh Family to produce parody songs that received millions of views about the short-lived leadership of Liz Truss (“This Liz Truss Must Hide“), and ministerial resignations (“Braverman Shanty“).
Ben Shephard (GMB)
Sharon Barbour (BBC TV Health Correspondent)
Alison Tree (NHS Oncologist)
Angela Culhane (CEO, Prostate Cancer UK)
“Biological Clock” (click to order) was released in spring 2022 and was the first ever UK pop song about the menopause – it’s personal, upbeat, fearless, and catchy. It aims to bring exposure to a life event that affects the whole family, in an irreverent and funky way. The song tells a story of onrushing symptoms and challenges, describing a rollercoaster of emotions, but finishes on a strident and positive note as layers of harmony, rich horns, and a thumping bass close out the track. It’s a message about unity and understanding that Marsh Family fans will recognise, but in a dynamic new package.
Reviews of Biological Clock have described it as a “funky menopausal dance anthem” (Mariella Frostrup), “timeless” (Artisti Online), “soulful and empowering” (Find No Enemy), “a blast of energy” (Roadie Music Mag), “activism as art” (Motion News) with “luscious harmonies that fill the sonic spectrum with colour and texture” (FV Music Blog), and a track that “showcases innovation and versatility” (The Other Side Reviews) “with swagger, joyfulness, and defiant positivity” (Alchemical Records) that is “an absolute disco corker” (Send Me Your Ears)!
“Bring Us A Candle” with “Mack the Knife (Prostate Cancer – Facts of Life)” (click to order) were released as their first ever studio-mixed songs in December 2021. The double A single featured a song about what Christmas felt like during the pandemic, and alongside it a charity adaptation created to raise awareness in partnership with the amazing Prostate Cancer UK to encourage people to talk about it and get checked!
Reviews and comments about this release can be found in the graphic above! The video for Mack the Knife was shortlisted for a Brand Film Award in 2022 – check in out here: