Son of Town Hall
Son of Town Hall
Meet Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker (London, England) and David Berkeley (Santa Fe, NM). Before they began writing and singing their exquisite songs, the two traveled by junk raft across the Atlantic. That’s still the way they travel.
“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
Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music.
His “electric and exhilarating” live performances are at once dazzling and intimate: music that has been described as “stunning” and as “compelling and powerful,” all presented with warmth, honesty, and “the easy familiarity of a troubadour.” From 2012 to 2014 Ben served as the Signet Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Harvard University, and he is a recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. He has also held residencies and fellowships at Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, the Vermont Studio Center, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and he spent a year as the artist in residence at White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine. In 2017-18 he has been writing new music in collaboration with the New England National Scenic Trail, a long-distance hiking trail linking New Hampshire to Long Island Sound.