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” is released on Friday 9th December.

For more details, see their Wikipedia entry.

Marsh Family photo in December 2021
The Marsh Family (December 2021)


“In the Bleak” (click to order) is The Marsh Family’s Christmas release for December 2022! Due out on Friday 9 December, it 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 video and song will be premiered the day before the single is released on The Marsh Family’s YouTube channel – please JOIN US FOR IT at 9.00pm UTC on Thursday 8 December!

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.

#INTHEBLEAK


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 (14), 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 130,000 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 a 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

Artwork for Biological Clock

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 / Mack the Knife (Prostate Cancer) Marsh Family Songs music Christmas single release

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:

Bring Us A Candle Testimonial 1
BRING US A CANDLE
"The Marsh Family put us to shame with their holiday blackout ingenuity...I love what you all do, thank you!!!"

Mira Sorvino

Mack the Knife Testimonial 1
MACK THE KNIFE (PROSTATE CANCER - FACTS OF LIFE)
"This is just sensational!!"

Ben Shephard (GMB)

Bring Us A Candle Testimonial 2
BRING US A CANDLE
"With a joyous and rousing ending, “Bring Us a Candle” is an endearing and festive Christmas tune sure to give you those fuzzy feelings perfect for the winter season with the family"

Subba-Cultcha Reviews

Mack the Knife Testimonial 2
MACK THE KNIFE (PROSTATE CANCER - FACTS OF LIFE)
"This is such a brilliant way to send an informative and touching message - about prostate cancer."

Sharon Barbour (BBC TV Health Correspondent)

Bring Us A Candle Testimonial 3
BRING US A CANDLE
"It captures beautifully the angst, confusion, and loss experienced by so many in the last 2 years, coupled with the hope and light that love and family bring into the darkness"

Donna Henrikson

Mack the Knife Testimonial 2
MACK THE KNIFE (PROSTATE CANCER - FACTS OF LIFE)
"Oh my goodness this is brilliant! Please share to encourage men worried about prostate cancer to get checked."

Alison Tree (NHS Oncologist)

Bring Us A Candle Testimonial 4
BRING US A CANDLE
"This song is the best yet, it should certainly be the song for Christmas."

Ann Runacres

Mack the Knife Testimonial 1
MACK THE KNIFE (PROSTATE CANCER - FACTS OF LIFE)
"How amazing is this! Some Christmas joy to share..."

Angela Culhane (CEO, Prostate Cancer UK)

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Recent Antics in Photos


Biggest Pandemic Moments

“Totally Fixed Where We Are” Comic Relief

“One Day More” BBC Interview

“Have the New Jab”

Some Testimonials from 2020 / 2021

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Holly Willoughby
"I loved that, it makes me really emotional watching it - and its really funny, so I don't know why."
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The Daily Star
"One talented family have recreated a song from a hit West End musical to reflect the frustration of being cooped up together with no end in sight"
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The New York Times
"This six-voice choir, with its sweet harmonies and the occasional wobbly note, is creating songs that dramatize"
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Taika Waititi
"Holy sh*t! And I thought I was being productive by cooking a chicken. Well done Ben and his family"
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Alfie Boe
"This is thoroughly brilliant."
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Mark Hamill
"Ladies and Gentlemen...enjoy the Marvellous Marsh Family!"
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Bonnie Tyler
"Absolutely love this!"
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Nadhim Zahawi
"That has to be it! That has to be the theme tune for this national vaccination drive. Well done The Marsh Family"
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Jenny Eclair - The Independent
"Hail the Marsh Family from Kent who last week clocked up their third lockdown viral hit...and even I, the most unmusical of the unmusical, get incredibly moved."
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Comic Relief
"Thank you so much to our favourite pyjama-wearing family."
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Dr Syra Madad
"This adorable video addressing misinformation on COVID19 vaccines and encouraging vaccination just made my day."
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Angela Barnes
"I love this - but how did everyone in this family get so much talent? I reckon there's another sibling behidn the camera, they're like: 'not you Dylan, you'll ruin it, you just read your comics.'"
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Les Miserables
"Let the People Sing! - We love the Marsh family #LesMiz lockdown version of One Day More. We hope to see more of these while we are all behind our barricades."
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Philippa Perry
"The Marsh Family have won the internet. They have interpreted what we all feel about the 3rd lockdown through the medium of an 80s ballad, an interpretive angst dance and a conch shell."
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Tony Robinson
"I do so love the Marsh family. They make lockdown worthwhile!"
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For more definitive & unbiased information about The Marsh Family:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsh_Family