Winston Marshall

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Winston Marshall
Winston Marshall on stage at Madison Square Garden in 2018
Background information
Birth nameWinston Aubrey Aladar Marshall
Born (1987-12-20) 20 December 1987 (age 31)
Wandsworth, London, England
GenresFolk rock, indie rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBanjo, guitar, bass guitar, dobro, vocals
Years active2007–present

Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall (born 20 December 1987) is a British musician, best known as the banjoist and the lead guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning British folk rock band Mumford & Sons. He is also known by his stage name WN5TN, as per the credits of Mumford & Sons' third studio album Wilder Mind.

Personal life[edit]

Marshall was born in Wandsworth, London, England,[1] and is the son of Sabina De Balkany and Paul Marshall, a British investor and co-founder of the Marshall Wace hedge fund.[2] His mother is of French origin.[citation needed] Marshall was educated at St Paul's School, an independent school in London.[3] He has a sister named Giovanna.[4]

In late 2015, Marshall became engaged to American actress Dianna Agron.[5] They married on 15 October 2016, in Morocco.[6]


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.[7]

Before Mumford & Sons was 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,[8] where a number of musicians who had an affinity for earthy acoustic music played with each other.[9]

Marshall was in a band prior to Mumford & Sons called Captain Kick and the Cowboy Ramblers,[10] a bluegrass sleaze rap band,[11] in which he was credited as Country Winston and played the banjo and guitar.

In October 2013, Marshall joined a temporary supergroup called "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.[12]

In 2015, Marshall became interested in techno music and electronic dance music after spending several nights attending James Ford residency in a night club.[13] In 2016, he joined the Austrian DJ duo HVOB for a collaboration; they recorded an album named Silk.[14] Their first single, called "The Blame Game", was released in February 2017. The album was released on March 24. They toured across Europe and Asia, playing in festivals and night clubs while Winston was also performing in concerts with Mumford & Sons.


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  3. ^ Cohen, David (7 March 2011). "Hedge fund star: My plan to turn round London schools". London Evening Standard. London Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  4. ^ Fortado, Lindsay (23 April 2017). "Sir Paul Marshall, co-founder Marshall Wace, backing Brexit". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  5. ^ Fisher, Kendall (23 February 2016). "Dianna Agron Finally Shows Of Her Massive Engagement Ring for the First Time". E! Online. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Dianna Agron Marries Mumford and Sons' Winston Marshall". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  7. ^ Roberts, Lynn (12 March 2011). "From the archives: FFS interviews Mumford and Sons". For Folk's Sake. For Folk's Sake. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  8. ^ Jones, Alice (21 September 2012). "Mumford and Sons: The English folkies on top of the world". The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  9. ^ Bauer, Patricia (8 October 2013). "Mumford & Sons". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Captain Kick and the Cowboy Ramblers". MySpace. MySpace. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  11. ^ Frost, Matt (February 2009). "Mumford & Sons PM's Question Time". Performing Musician. Performing Musician. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  12. ^ Gold, Adam (27 October 2013). "Salvador Dali Parton Take Nashville". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  13. ^ Britton, Luke (23 July 2015). "Mumford & Sons' Winston says Simian Mobile Disco inspired his techno project The Floppy Disc Jockey". NME. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  14. ^ "HVOB & Winston Marshall". Facebook. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.