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3 May 2019 - 4 May 2019
Ripon Museum Trust is pleased to introduce Son of Town Hall - "It’s part balladry, part performance art, and totally cool. … Think Simon & Garfunkel lost at sea, and you get a sense of the mythic world at play here." - Philadelphia Inquirer
“Sensational!” - John Platt, WFUV
“Nothing short of stunning” - Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival
Son of Town Hall was born when songwriters Ben Parker (London, England) and David Berkeley (Santa Fe, New Mexico) found 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. The two wrote songs upon the seas that are at once haunting and uplifting. Their harmonies are exquisite, their lyrics profound. The two have sailed their ship back a century or so in their shabby Victorian duds, and their song and story cycle follows the pair across the open waters and from town to town as they travel the frontier bouncing primarily from one failed endeavor to another. Though they fall for temptation and countless false promises, their belief in humanity and each other never flags. The performance is three parts concert, one part theater. You will sing and sway along. Son of Town Hall will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.
“Unique and beautiful…unforgettable.” - Phil Collins (Austin, TX)
“Purposely timeless yet anachronistic, a sort of aural steampunk” - Santa Fe New Mexican
Bar and teas and coffees will be available. Tickets £15
Bar opens 7pm. Concert starts 8pm.