Folkstock Arts Foundation backs Hatfield duo

PUBLISHED: 15:59 07 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:01 07 July 2013

Karl Barham from Hatfield and son Ryan, who perform under the name Karl and the Prodigal Son

Karl Barham from Hatfield and son Ryan, who perform under the name Karl and the Prodigal Son

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A FATHER and son from Hatfield are among the first beneficiaries of a new support and marketing programme for folk and acoustic musicians.

Karl Barham from Hatfield and son Ryan, who perform under the name Karl and the Prodigal Son, played Folkstock Arts Foundations' Under the Stars mini festivals at Church Farm, ArdeleyKarl Barham from Hatfield and son Ryan, who perform under the name Karl and the Prodigal Son, played Folkstock Arts Foundations' Under the Stars mini festivals at Church Farm, Ardeley

The Folkstock Arts Foundation has offered a place on its mentoring scheme to Karl Barham and his son Ryan, who perform under the name Karl and the Prodigal Son.

The foundation is providing grassroots support right through to touring for its collective of unsigned local musicians.

A new Hertfordshire festival, Folkstock, to be held at Aldenham Country Park at Elstree, near Borehamwood, on Saturday, September 21, will be the flagship event for the foundation.

Karl said: “Well things are simply buzzing for us, since I applied for the programme. Ryan and I are both very pleased and proud to be chosen to be part of this programme.

Karl Barham from Hatfield and son Ryan, who perform under the name Karl and the Prodigal Son, played Folkstock Arts Foundations' Under the Stars mini festivals at Church Farm, ArdeleyKarl Barham from Hatfield and son Ryan, who perform under the name Karl and the Prodigal Son, played Folkstock Arts Foundations' Under the Stars mini festivals at Church Farm, Ardeley

“We are hoping to gain more experience performing and writing our music and have been given opportunities to play on proper stages, to a variety of different audiences, like the one in Hatfield on May 11, which was the first time the Hatfield Town Centre stage was used, so that was a massive privilege for us being local boys, and two Under the Stars mini festivals at Church Farm, Ardeley, in May.”

He added: “So far, we have gained more confidence in ourselves from the association. Since Ryan came home we have gone from not playing for over two years in public to playing different places. We have also played two gigs in The Eight Bells, Old Hatfield, as well as having a booking there to play on New Year’s Eve.”

The duo are regulars at the open mic night held at the Rendezvous bar in Hatfield town centre, passing on their advice to other musicians.

“We really love playing gigs with the other Folkstock artists,” added Karl.

“The sense of camaraderie is so encouraging and we are really looking forward to playing at the Folkstock event in Aldenham.”

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