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A musical Kent family who went viral at the start of the pandemic have released a new song for a leading men's health charity.

The Marsh household, who live in Faversham, are back with a rendition of Mack the Knife - which has previously been covered by Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé.

The family is formed of husband Ben, 45, and wife Danielle, 44, and their four children Alfie, 15, Thomas, 13, Ella, 12, and Tess, 9.

They took to singing about things people had been complaining about at the start of the first coronavirus lockdown.

People across the country instantly fell in love with the family's rendition of Les Misérables song One Day More as it became KentOnline's most read story last year.

And since we broke the story, the Marshes became a viral sensation and made headlines across the world.

Now, they have teamed up with men's healthy charity Prostate Cancer UK to release a new song adaptation called Mack the Knife (prostate cancer - facts of life).

The Marsh family singing their Mack the Knife adaptation. Picture: Prostate Cancer UK
The Marsh family singing their Mack the Knife adaptation. Picture: Prostate Cancer UK

Today sees the premiere of their sparkling new video of the poignant version of the swing classic.

It features adapted lyrics written by Ben and outlines some facts of prostate cancer after Danielle’s father, John Burn, was diagnosed with the disease in 2018.

All profits from downloads of this song will be donated by the Marsh family to Prostate Cancer UK.

Danielle Marsh said: "Recording Mack the Knife (prostate cancer – facts of life) has been a fabulous way for us to do something to help raise awareness of a disease that will affect 1 in 8 men in their lifetime.

"We were so lucky with my dad but even he nearly left his concerns too late.

The Marsh family performing on Comic Relief. Picture: BBC
The Marsh family performing on Comic Relief. Picture: BBC

"We hope the lyrics will make people smile but also make them start discussions with loved ones about actions that they may need to take.

"It’s so easy to push worries and concerns to one side with a busy life and a pandemic overshadowing everything.

"But if we can encourage people to make that GP appointment and gain peace of mind or an early diagnosis, then that would be amazing and feel like some of this attention and focus that we’ve had in the past 18 months has been put to good use.

"Plus, it was lovely to be out of our living room for a while."

The song includes the lyrics: "Oh the prostate, it’s a gland, dear. And it’s hidden deep inside."

This song has extra meaning to the family after the family's grandad John’s own brush with the disease.

Grandparents John and Linda play a key role in the music video as the family reveal their latest song on stage - and not in their front room.

Playing the part of a barman in the video, which was set inside the iconic Moth Club in Hackney, is Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurse John Robertson, and two volunteer extras who both have personal links to the disease.

The Marsh family, who are from Faversham, singing for viewers. Picture: Ben Marsh
The Marsh family, who are from Faversham, singing for viewers. Picture: Ben Marsh

Angela Culhane, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK said: “We’re delighted the mega-talented Marsh family has chosen to support us in such a fun way this Christmas period.”

“It’s fantastic how they have put a modern twist on such an iconic song, and the new lyrics mean so much too, given the journey they and John have been on.

"It’s an intricate operation to write a song, so we’re really grateful they have shared some of their own experiences with just the right amount of emotion and humour."

The Double A side release also contains an original and moving home-made song, called Bring Us A Candle, written by Ben and reflects on what Christmas means to them as a family.

To watch Mack the Knife (prostate cancer – facts of life) visit here or to download the song click here with all profits donated by the Marsh family to Prostate Cancer UK.

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