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Marsh family from Faversham go viral again with rendition of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart

A musical Kent family who went viral at the start of the pandemic have released a new lockdown song - which many have called "the best yet".

The Marsh household, who live in Faversham, are back with a rendition of Bonnie's Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

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.

Their newest video has already generated delight from famous faces, including former rugby player Mike Tindall and TV host Ben Shephard, who called it "the best yet".

University of Kent history lecturer Dr Ben Marsh, his wife Danielle, and his children - Alfie, Thomas, Ella, and Tess - all star in the newest video, called Totally Fixed Where We Are.

“It’s been a tough spell for everyone lately, and it feels as if everyone is just pedalling backwards a bit," Dr Marsh told KentOnline.

"The kids and their teachers have been great and done the best they can to keep motivated and engaged.

"But there’s only so much you can expect of them when you can’t give them proper attention.

"So we wanted to do a song that relayed that idea but without getting everyone down or being too mournful."

The family sing: "Feels as if we’re only at the start, but we’ve grown a lot in height.

The Marsh family members Ella, Tess and Ben singing last month. Picture: Ben Marsh
The Marsh family members Ella, Tess and Ben singing last month. Picture: Ben Marsh

"There’s no way for us to measure. And if you look our clothes are tight, we’ve been eating more than ever."

Dr Marsh said the song was a great fit because it had a "ridiculous music video" that was about weird schools and being uncomfortable.

He also said it had a "nice mix of lines that reflected on time passing".

"I think what resonates with people is us saying out loud the stuff that we are all bottling up, or just take for granted now," he added. "Like how irritating it is when ink cartridges run out, or how difficult it is to keep up the positive actions like exercise and healthy eating and new pastimes.

"Like everyone, we’re a bit ground down, and we’re a bit frightened of what’s going to be left on the other side of the pandemic.

"But working on these little projects – the words, and harmonies, and humour – gives us a laugh most of the time, and as long as it gives other people a smile then we’re happy to share them around."

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