Son Of Town Hall
Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot.
“Sensational!” - John Platt, WFUV
“Nothing short of stunning” - Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival
Imagine if Simon and Garfunkel were lost at sea, salt in their beards, wind at
their backs, and whiskey in their bottles. What songs would they sing whilst stomping
like melodious madmen on the boards of their boat? Or set yourself adrift for
a piece, untether yourself from your daily affairs, bring only fresh water, a large
writing pad and plenty of pencils. With only the endless sky above and the winedark
waters below, what half-crazed tales would pour out of you?
Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker
of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly
sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley,
a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/author have imagined a world that transcends
time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the
sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part
theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears,
drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.
Son of Town Hall springboards from the story of the aforementioned two finding
themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the
mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration and to recover squandered
fortune. It’s as if the two sailed their ship back a century or so, though neither
Berkeley, nor Parker openly acknowledge the anachronistic quality in their songs or
presentation. www.worldunlimited.co.uk for more info