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Karl and the Marx Brothers
Karl and the Marx Brothers

Karl and the Marx Brothers is an English indie folk group from Derby. In 2013 they released their debut album "Angry Folk" on Furthest From The Sea recordings.


Formed in 2011, the band's material is political in nature, tackling subjects such as the WikiLeaks scandal and Julian Assange ("Rhymes With Blancmange"), and the MPs' expenses scandal. The latter was the subject of the song "The Relative Innocence of David Laws" and caused some controversy in the MP's constituency.[1]

On 9 November 2012 Matt from the band was interviewed by Andy Potter on BBC Radio Derby.[2]

On 12 April 2013 the band released their debut album following a launch party at Derby Guildhall Theatre.[3] The album received a four star rating from Boff Whalley in R2 magazine.[4] In December of that year the band appeared on BBC Radio Derby on the Sally Pepper show.[5]

During the first half of 2014 the band toured the UK taking in dates in Nottingham, London, Liverpool, Oldham, Hartlepool, Portishead and Melbourne.[6] In February the band appeared in session for BBC Introducing in Derbyshire,[7] and also appeared on BBC Radio Nottingham. Later in the year they will be performing at the Furthest From The Sea festival[8] in June and the Y Not[9] festival in August.



  • Eileen Wright – saxophone, tin whistle (2011–present)
  • Adam Silverstein – keyboards, backing vocals (2011–present)
  • Nigel Hart – double bass (2011–2014)
  • Chris White – percussion (2013–present)
  • Matt McGuinness – vocals, guitar (2011–present)
  • Lindsey Wilcox-Reid – cello, backing vocals (2014–present)
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