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A Tale of Two Brians: Brian Wolfe and Brian Larney

November 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BEPW (Brian Ebin Parker Wolfe) has been writing and performing original music on acoustic and electric guitar since the late Sixties. His earliest gigs at The Exit Coffeehouse shaped his ambition to do little more than hang out on the New Haven Green for most of his young adult life. Little has changed since then, beyond the weight of time. 
BEPW is a solo effort, though he is often joined on stage and in the studio by his wife Rose on vocals and their compatriot Bobo Lavorgna on bass—the nucleus of the Ebin-Rose Trio.

The Buttonwood Tree set will include Rose and Bobo was guests. The songs will be from BEPW’s debut EP “Passage” and it’s follow up EP “Second Hand World”.

Passage – “The act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another”.

The Passage EP is five songs, ten minutes long in total. It’s perfect for our times or lack of time. “I’ve Moved On” was written for a movie soundtrack coming out next year.

“Passage,” The electric & acoustic instrumentals that bookend the EP, were recorded directly into my iPhone, and cleaned up at The Coffeehouse Recording Studio.

“Hide Away” – “If there was ever just one song that totally represented the 1967 NY/SF vibe, this could be it. Started out like Santana, morphed into Pearls Before Swine and then went straight to early Jefferson Airplane”. – Ed Maxin (No Depression/ The Real Easy Ed).

“Station Man” – is about listening to DJs play the music all night long while trying to fall asleep. It is inspired by my earliest Rock & Roll memories as a young kid in the early Sixties, playing the radio at night in bed with an earphone in the dark so my parents would not know, and how the DJs were spirit guides.

Brian Larney is an eclectic, non-stop music making machine. The Connecticut native splits his time performing as a solo acoustic act and as the front-man of the Brian Larney Band.

He’s an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter with an honest and thoughtful style that has been described as “quirky, earnest, and vulnerable.” It’s as rooted in the pop music writers of the mid-1960’s as the contemporary artists that he is often compared to. Larney grew up in the Northeast obsessed with well-crafted songs and the art of harmonizing. “ We didn’t have a piano, so I would get to school at 6:00 AM and sneak into the choir room just to pick out songs and work on harmonies,” he says.

As a songwriter, his early efforts were he says, “overly complicated 7-minute opuses.” Through his varied tastes as a listener—which span pop to bluegrass—and work as a gigging musician touring within a diverse array of bands, including the genres of power-pop, post-punk, acoustic and Americana, he gradually essentialized his songwriting style.

Cutting edge AI company and music promotion team, Zenabi, describe the Larney sound best – “His songs are organic spoonfuls of classic pop and folk, naturally sweet, non- GMO, without the sugar crash; his style hearkens back to the days of Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, and maybe a bit of Partridge Family.”


November 6, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT
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(860) 347-4957

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