Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall (born 20 December 1987) is a British musician, best known as the banjoist and, more recently, the Lead guitarist of the Grammy Award winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons.
Marshall was born in Wandsworth, London, England, the son of Sabina (De Balkany) and Paul Marshall, a British investor, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Marshall Wace LLP hedge fund. His mother is of French origin. Educated at St Paul's School, an independent school in London, England. Marshall has one sibling, a sister, named Giovanna.
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.
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, where a number of musicians who had an affinity for earthy acoustic music hung out and played with each other in fluid lineups.
Marshall was in a band prior to Mumford & Sons called Captain Kick and the Cowboy Ramblers, a bluegrass sleaze rap band, where he was credited as Country Winston and played the banjo and guitar.
In October 2013, Marshall joined a temporary supergroup named Salvador Dalí 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.
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