Son of Town Hall will perform at Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales on Saturday, January 28. (Courtesy of David Berkeley)

David Berkeley and Ben Parker decided to go back in time for their Son of Town Hall project.

To be exact, the duo takes it back to the early 1900s and takes on two characters – George Ulysses Brown and Josiah Chester Jones.

“We’ve been around for 80 years and travel the world to perform,” Berkeley says. “We both met in England around the turn of the century during a bar fight for a woman.”

Son of Town Hall will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 28 at Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales.

The show is an immersive experience with music and drama.

“We tell our story and we wear old fashioned clothes,” says Berkeley. “The music is mostly like Simon & Garfunkel.”

Berkeley describes his stage character, Josiah, as the son of a former Confederate general and born outside of Lexington, Kentucky.

Josiah was disowned by his family after speaking out against the Southern cause. He was a stowaway on a merchant ship bound for England and found his singing voice to fall asleep to ward off seasickness and ward off rats. The streets of London were not kind to Josiah, and it wasn’t until he met George that his fate changed forever, though not exclusively for the better.

Meanwhile, England-based Parker plays southern England native George Ulysses Brown.

At 16, he ran away from the family butchery and his abusive father, and never looked back.

George spent most of the next decade in and out of prisons and public houses.

The only steady job he managed to get was as a singing waiter in the West End.

He eventually met Josiah at the Old Star and the two departed for the New Earth, new livelihoods and new adventures.

“People laughed at our story,” Berkeley says. “When you travel with someone and spend so much time on the high seas, you get to know someone. These are the stories we have lived. We are busy saving each other through music and theater .

Berkeley says the show is in two acts, which are about 35 minutes each.

“We look for those places to play that help add to what we do,” he says. “These old desert places. The Church of San Ysidro gives us a chance to travel back in time. Our joke is that no one will take us back because we often get kicked out of town after a show. We’re only doing one gig in New Mexico before we hit the studio to record our second album.

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