Mark Kelly's Marathon

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Mark Kelly's Marathon
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Also known asMarathon
GenresProgressive Rock, Rock
Associated actsMarillion, DeeExpus, Touchstone (band)
MembersMark Kelly (keyboardist), Conal Kelly, Oliver M Smith, Pete 'Woody' Wood, John Cordy, Henry Rogers (drummer), Guy Vickers
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CitizenshipUnited Kingdom

Marathon are a British rock band, formed in 2018 by Marillion keyboard player Mark Kelly (keyboardist). The earliest incarnation of the band consisted of Kelly and lyricist Guy Vickers attempting to fit words to some music Kelly had created but the work was deemed not quite up to standard. The project was restarted a year later with the addition of Kelly's nephew Conal Kelly on bass and guitar. Some of the music was based upon unused pieces Kelly had written with Marillion, while the rest was written to complement the lyrics. Kelly was responsible for writing the music with additional input from bassist/guitarist Conal Kelly, guitarist Pete 'Woody' Woods and vocalist Oliver M Smith[1]. Two songs were demoed in July 2019. A full band was gradually recruited over the next year with the expectation that recording would take place around the requirements of the recording of Marillion's next studio album.

When the UK went in to lockdown at the start of April 2020, it was decided to record the album, to be titled Mark Kelly's Marathon, from band members' home studios with Kelly directing the band members. After lockdown had been eased in the summer of 2020, the band met at Real World Studios in Wiltshire to record and film a live version of the album for inclusion on a deluxe edition CD/DVD.

Lead single Amelia, about the final flight of aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan was released to streaming services on 4 September 2020.[2][3] The debut album was released by Edel SE & Co. KGaA on 27 November 2020. [4] A second single, This Time, was released on 30 October 2020[5][6] .

A second album is promised [7], with a number of tracks already in an advanced state of completion from the lockdown sessions. Kelly has suggested the band would like to play live, possibly opening for Marillion.


Current members
  • Mark Kelly – keyboards
  • Conal Kelly – guitar, bass, backing vocals
  • Oliver M Smith - Vocals, percussion
  • Pete 'Woody' Wood – guitar
  • Henry Rogers (drummer) – drums
  • John Cordy – guitar
  • Guy Vickers - lyrics


Studio Albums
  • Mark Kelly's Marathon (2020)

In the media



  1. "How It Began". Mark Kelly's Marathon. Mark Kelly's Marathon. 2020. Retrieved 2021-01-06. After a year of putting together some very rough demos of songs arranged around some of my music and some of Guy's words, I got together with Ollie, Conal and Woody in the studio in July 2019 and we produced working demos for about half the album.
  2. Ewing, Jerry (2020-10-06). "Mark Kelly Reveals First Single Amelia". Prog Magazine. Future Publishing. Retrieved 2021-01-06. Marillion keyboard player Mark Kelly has released a live vide of him and his solo band Marathon performing their brand new single at Real Word Studios. Amelia is taken from the upcoming Mark Kelly's Marathon album which will be released on November 29.
  3. "Amelia by Mark Kelly's Marathon". YouTube. YouTube. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2021-01-06. 8,553 views Sep 4, 2020
  5. Ewing, Jerry (2020-10-30). "Mark Kelly releases video for second single This Time". Prog Magazine. Future Publishing. Retrieved 2021-01-06. Marillion keyboard player Mark Kelly has released a video for new single This Time, which is taken from the upcoming Mark Kelly's Marathon album which will be released on November 27 through earMusic.
  6. "Marathon - "This Time" - Official Music Video - Album "Mark Kelly's Marathon" out Nov. 27, 2020". YouTube. YouTube. 2020-10-30. Retrieved 2021-01-06. 11,683 views Oct 30, 2020
  7. Trimming, Leo (2020-11-28). "Mark Kelly - Marillion". The Progressive Aspect. The Progressive Aspect. Retrieved 2021-01-06. I was talking about that with Guy Vickers as we’ve just started working on the next Marathon album.

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