Winston Marshall

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Winston Marshall
Winston Marshall in September 2013.
Winston Marshall in September 2013.
Background information
Birth name Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall
Born (1987-12-20) December 20, 1987 (age 27)
Origin Fulham, London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Folk rock, indie folk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, banjo, bass guitar, electric guitar, guitar, dobro
Years active 2004–present
Labels Island Records (UK), Universal Music Group (Canada & AUS) and Glassnote Records (US)

Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall (born December 20, 1987) is a British musician, best known as the banjoist in the Grammy Award winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. On Mumford and Sons's third album, Wilder Mind, Marshall is credited as 'WN5TN'.

Early life[edit]

Winston was born on December 20, 1987 to father Paul Marshall, a British investor, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Marshall Wace LLP hedge fund,[1] and mother Sabina, of French descent. Educated at St Paul's School, an independent school in London, England.[2] Marshall has one sibling, a sister, named Giovanna.

Music career[edit]

Marshall is a founding member of the British folk band Mumford & Sons. He plays the banjo, bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, and provides backing vocals. Marshall performed with two of his current band members, Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwane, with Laura Marling before Mumford & Sons.[3]

Before Mumford & Sons became established, Marshall ran a jam night at Bosun's Locker, a tiny music club beneath a pasty shop on the King's Road in Fulham,[4] where a number of musicians who had an affinity for earthy acoustic music hung out and played with each other in fluid lineups.[5]

Marshall was in a band prior to Mumford & Sons called Captain Kick and the Cowboy Ramblers,[6] a bluegrass sleaze rap band,[7] where he was credited as Country Winston and played the banjo and guitar.

In October 2013, Marshall joined a temporary supergroup named Salvador Dali Parton with fellow musicians Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show, Mike Harris of Apache Relay, Jake Orrall of JEFF the Brotherhood, and Justin Hayward-Young of the Vaccines. The band, intended as a joke from the start, wrote six songs in 20 minutes on their first day together, held its one and only full-band rehearsal the next day, and performed six shows around Nashville, Tennessee the following night before breaking up.[8]


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  3. ^ Roberts, Lynn (March 12, 2011). "From the archives: FFS interviews Mumford and Sons". For Folk's Sake. For Folk's Sake. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Jones, Alice (September 21, 2012). "Mumford and Sons: The English folkies on top of the world". The Independent. The Independent. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bauer, Patricia (October 8, 2013). "Mumford & Sons". Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Captain Kick and the Cowboy Ramblers". MySpace. MySpace. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Frost, Matt (February 2009). "Mumford & Sons PM's Question Time". Performing Musician. Performing Musician. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Gold, Adam (October 27, 2013). "Salvador Dali Parton Take Nashville". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 6, 2014.