Band Members


John McBeath, The Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe Review 2012, March 3, 2012.

If you’re unfamiliar with Marmalade 5, sort that out - you’re missing out on what would have to be one of the most musically-talented families in Adelaide.

Would You Like Jazz With That? is a solid serving of fun songs and tight vocal harmonies aimed at children that parents will love too.

Food, space, gumtrees, animals - there’s really something here for everyone and each of the five family members burst with both talent and energy.

With catchy tunes and a healthy dose of audience participation, there’s more than enough here to hold the attention of even the youngest audience members.

And when the kids are singing the songs they’ve just heard for the first time outside the venue after the show, you know it’s been a good one.

With only two shows this festival, get along and check them out - you won’t regret it.
Tom Bowden, The Advertiser, February 25, 2017

“If you don’t like high-energy, ingenious, magnetic jazz then you best just skip over to the next article (bet you hate puppies too…)… The band is tight, enchanting and ridiculously talented.”

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Buzzcuts Arts Review, Adelaide Fringe 2012, March 3, 2012.

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Marmalade Circus: Homegrown jazz smothered in world grooves with a dollop of full cream silliness!

"pumping like a steam locomotive" THE ADVERTISER

"Unquestionably world class" THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY

"The enthusiasm and virtuosity with which they played was infectious, and without having heard any of the material before this was the best night out I've had for quite a while" RIPITUP

World-Jazz troupe Marmalade Circus have been dazzling audiences for twelve years with their global grooves, killer soloists, and inspiring live shows. Armed with catchy tunes that celebrate the simple things in life, the joys of fruit, the antics of dogs, and the beauty of small instruments, audiences walk away feeling uplifted, not just impressed by the soloists.

From humble beginnings as a straight jazz ensemble in the 1998 Adelaide Festival (as emerging artists the Mark Ferguson Quintet), Marmalade Circus have expanded, then contracted to their current 6-piece line-up of South Australia's most creative multi-instrumentalists playing music that is often far-removed from typical jazz. They have played across Australia, with a few massive gigs (including the Sydney Festival Jazz in the Domain Concert to 80,000 people), but the musicians have also worked at the highest levels in Cabaret, Latin dance music, children's entertainment and Soul and all these influences have filtered through to create a truly unique ensemble sound and performance aesthetic.

Ringmaster Mark Simeon Ferguson (Salcedo, Andy Seymour, Camille O'Sullivan) leads Marmalade Circus from the piano with Tom Pulford (Adelaide Sax Pack, Mike Stewart Big Band), Jonathan Hunt (The Transatlantics, Adelaide Sax Pack, Shaolin Afronauts), Warren Heading (Goose, Salcedo), Shireen Khemlani (Salcedo) and Jarrad Payne (1.1 Immerman, The Raucoustra).

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