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Watch: Singing family made famous during lockdown release new video to raise awareness of cancer

When they appeared on You Tube during the initial lockdown, chanting about the lack of online supermarket deliveries and the fact that their grandparents couldn’t Skype, the Marsh family became one of the (very few) highlights of the COVID pandemic.

Parents Ben and Danielle and their four children Alfie, 15, Thomas, 13, Ella, 12, and Tess, nine, filmed their parody of ‘One Day More’ from the Les Miserables musical in their living room in Faversham, Kent, but never imagined what would happen next.

“We had made it for friends and family, but one of Ben’s colleagues asked if he could share it, we said yes and went to bed,” explains Danielle.

Lockdown singing sensations The Marsh family has released a new ironic song to raise awareness of prostate cancer. (The Marsh/Rosie Lonsdale family)

“When we woke up, I got a message from a friend saying that she got the video from a friend in Australia. We had gone viral. By lunchtime we had a million views and we were receiving message after message from all over the world . It was completely bizarre.”

Today, nearly two years after the initial lockdown, the Marsh family’s songs — including a humorous rewrite of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse” called “Totally Fixed Where We Are” — have been viewed more than 30 million times worldwide.

Three members of the Marsh family record their charity single. (The Marsh/Rosie Lonsdale family)

The six-piece choir – once jokingly referred to as “The Von Trapped” – was stunned by their overnight success.

“We felt a little ridiculous, but we said we’d do a few interviews and then we’d disappear,” Danielle says. “But when we started getting messages from nursing homes and ICU nurses saying we made them laugh, we decided we could at least keep our YouTube channel open and post more videos. We thought we could. we could make a difference.”

They hope to do it again this month with the launch of their latest music video featuring a humorous take on the swing classic Mack The Knife. This time the song has a more personal touch. The lyrics outline some facts about prostate cancer after Danielle’s father John was diagnosed in 2018.

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“My father is a doctor and they are often the worst patients so he was hesitant to get himself checked and now admits that if he had waited much longer it could have been too late,” says Danielle.

“He attributed it to being too busy and not wanting people to see him differently. He didn’t want sympathy. In the end he went for tests but kept it all a secret from us until he needed surgery. Luckily he later got the all -clear and we made another video to celebrate. The charity Prostate Cancer UK saw it and asked if we could help with their December campaign. We were only too happy to be involved.”

Danielle’s father, John, pictured here with wife Linda, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018. (The Marsh Family/Rosie Lonsdale)

Today, nearly two years after the initial lockdown, the Marsh family’s songs — including a humorous rewrite of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse” called “Totally Fixed Where We Are” — have been viewed more than 30 million times worldwide. (The Marsh/Rosie Lonsdale family)

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with more than 11,500 men dying each year — that’s one man every 45 minutes. One in eight men will be diagnosed in their lifetime, which increases to one in four for black men.

“The campaign targets not just men, but also the women in their lives who can put pressure on them to get themselves checked,” says Danielle. “Ben came up with the idea for Mack The Knife because it’s about a hit man and while he was writing the lyrics, he looked up facts and statistics about prostate cancer, which was a real learning curve. We want to talk about this so people ask their loved ones and friends if they have had a checkup or test.

“We recorded the song in the boys bedroom with blankets on the walls and while we tried to keep the dogs quiet and sent it to the studio to get the hang of it. The next week we were shooting the video.”

The Marsh family, pictured here with Danielle’s parents Linda and John (far right), shooting their music video. (The Marsh/Rosie Lonsdale family)

Shot at the Moth Club in Hackney, the video shows the family being groomed to perfection in 1920s suits and flapper dresses. It also features both John and Danielle’s mother Linda in the audience.

“It was the first time we made a proper costume and makeup video and it was a lot of fun, although the kids started complaining when we had to stay longer because Grandpa couldn’t tap the music with his foot in time. and we had to take the picture over and over,” Danielle laughs.

“But the response has been great. We got messages from all kinds of people. One man said he was now on stage 4 and had left it too late, so he applauded the fact that we were encouraging men to get tested and monitored. Early detection and treatment can make all the difference and that’s the message we really want to send out: don’t leave it too late.”

You can watch Mack the Knife (Prostate Cancer – Facts of Life) or download the song with all the profits donated by the Marsh family to Prostate Cancer UK.

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