Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:30 pm Son of Town Hall: David Berkeley and Ben Parker Admission: $12/$7 kids | $15 at the door
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. The two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration and to recover squandered fortune. What transpired aboard the boat was a sort of musical alchemy, as the duo created folk tales and spun them into songs of wonder and woe. Their songs and stories harken back to an earlier time. Indeed it’s as if the two sailed their ship back a century or so.
Neither Berkeley nor Parker seem to acknowledge the anachronistic quality in their songs or presentation. They do, however, recognize how special their sound is. “Perhaps it was the salt spray in our beards,” Parker explains when we caught up with the two of them on the coast of Maine, “or maybe the solitude out there on the open ocean. Hell we didn’t see another soul for the better part of a month. But we learned to sing out there. More importantly, we learned to sing together.”
And sing together they do, harmonies that haven’t been heard, perhaps, since the Louvin Brothers. “You learn a lot on the high seas,” Berkeley adds. “You can’t count on a whole lot. My guitar ultimately was down to just four strings, and none stayed in tune. But we developed a blend and a sound that we knew was something special. We just had to hope that it would translate on dry land.” Well they had no reason to worry. And on Saturday the 18th of July, those lucky enough to be near Santa Fe will get to hear why.
Please join us for this special event in the historic San Miguel Mission.