The Marsh Family – Bio
The Marsh Family shot to worldwide fame 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. Their Christmas single for 2022, “In the Bleak” was released on Friday 9th December.
For more details, see their Wikipedia entry.
- “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.
All profits from the song in Christmas 2022 are going to the amazing charity Save the Children, which exists to help every child get the chance of a future they deserve.
The disastrous and chaotic state of UK politics at the end of 2022 prompted The Marsh Family to produce parody songs that received millions of views about inflation (“All of the Prices Have Gone Up“), sewage pollution (“Waste, Man!“), the short-lived leadership of Liz Truss (“This Liz Truss Must Hide“), and ministerial resignations (“Braverman Shanty“).
The Marsh Family – Recent Releases
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 (10). Having sung together since the kids were born in Scotland, they have grown as fast in fanbase as they have in size, reaching 131,000 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).
These are two of our favourite songs from 2022, which have 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!)”.
“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)!
Our first ever studio-mixed songs were released in December 2021. The double A single featured our original song, written and recorded at home, called ‘Bring Us A Candle’ , that reflects on what Christmas means to us. Alongside it was a charity single, ‘Mack the Knife (Prostate Cancer – Facts of Life)’ that we’re proud to have made in partnership with the amazing Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer and encourage people to talk about it!The Marsh Family
Download or stream the single here: https://orcd.co/marshfamilychristmas
See the music videos on our YouTube channel here:
Feedback on Earlier Releases:
Ben Shephard (GMB)
Sharon Barbour (BBC TV Health Correspondent)
Alison Tree (NHS Oncologist)
Angela Culhane (CEO, Prostate Cancer UK)