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Marmalade Five

Marmalade Five'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.' – The Advertiser 

After nearly two decades fronting Marmalade Circus and touring for Musica Viva In Schools with Marmalade Jam, Mark and singer Susan finally have their kids in on the act! They debuted their show ‘Would You Like Jazz With That?’ at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe to great reviews.

Mark’s first professional tours as a musician were with Australian children’s music legend Peter Combe so the seeds of writing for kids were planted back in the early 90’s. With Marmalade Jam, Susan and Mark (and bandmates John and Shireen) got to hone their skills working with kids, performing over 400 shows across Australia and in Singapore. And Mark has also been writing songs and song-cycles for the South Australian Primary Schools Festival of Music since 2008, so 10’s of thousands of children have been singing his songs.

Mark and Susan have been blessed with three children who are into music as much as they are. Pianist and singer Ciara went to Marryatville High School on a Special Interest Music Scholarship (she was Music Captain in 2015) and she is currently studying a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at Adelaide Uni. Trombonist and singer Jasmine is currently attending Marryatville High School on a Special Interest Music Scholarship and is also principal trombone in the Adelaide Youth Orchestra (AdYO). Luka is in Primary school and sings and plays the drums. Regular Marmalade collaborator Jarrad Payne rounds out the band on drums, bass and general creativity.

Marmalade Five’s show features quirky tunes celebrating fruit, rocket-ships and dinosaurs in a fast moving, interactive show. The group present tight vocal harmonies, they play heaps of instruments and they dabble in a bit of jazz.


Review

Tom Bowden, The Advertiser, February 25, 2017

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.