Music: The Ebin-Rose Trio, Douglas Alan play Thurs., Oct. 27, at 8 PM

The Ebin-Rose Trio and singer-songwriter Douglas Alan make their Best Video Performance Space debuts on Thursday, Oct. 27. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

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The Ebin-Rose Trio

From writer Steve Winters:

For more than two decades, southeastern Connecticut’s Ebin Parker and Rose Bengston have won a devoted audience with their soft but complex and ethereal music that finds its roots in Britain’s Pentangle, Nick Drake and John Martyn, among others. Then three years ago, Ebin-Rose became a trio with the addition of upright bass player Bobo Lavorgna. It was a musical marriage which allowed them to move their music into a more dynamic improvisational range. Now they find themselves at the Connecticut Folk Festival as one of the Audition Night choices following an appearance last month at the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival in Hebron.

With Ebin’s fine finger-picked guitar work and Rose’s gentle and expressive voice, the ensemble offers, as one writer aptly termed it many years ago, “a flowing musical mosaic.”

Ebin put it this way in a June interview published in No Depression magazine when asked to characterize the trio’s music: “Strangely enough I think that Celtic Americana is close, even though I thought it odd at first. I guess if Richard Thompson can be acknowledged by the AMA as Americana Artist of the Year, it is a fairly wide-open field. Anglican folk rock comes to mind as a label, but I doubt there is ever going to be a drop-down box for that. Appalachian music is certainly at its heart Celtic, and how could there be Americana without Appalachian music? When people ask what our band sounds like, I sometimes say we are like Pentangle, only not from the UK, knowing most of them will not have a clue as to how Pentangle sounds.”

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Douglas Alan has been writing and performing his witty, edgy and sardonic brand of Americana songs for more   than 20 years in NYC.

Starting out in the advertising world, Doug cut his songwriting teeth as an ad copywriter, writing jingles. Encouraged by the music producers with whom he worked, Doug left the ad world and set out to concentrate on refining his songwriting and guitar playing skills, working with prominent coaches and mentors such as renowned singer/songwriters Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Shawn Colvin and Jill Sobule, and notable vocal coaches Sloan Wainwright and Melissa Cross.

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Douglas Alan

Doug credits the aforementioned Richard Thompson as one of his main songwriting and guitar-playing influences, but he also gives a respectful nod to artists like John Hiatt, Ray Davies, Warren Zevon, Tom Petty, Marshall Crenshaw, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe as equally important influences.

Like his personal pantheon of favorite songwriters, Doug’s self-described “biting” and occasionally “snarky” writing style can be laced with irony, but also with tenderness and deep emotional insight.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 26. SINGER-SONGWRITER: NAMOLI BRENNET

• Thursday, Oct. 27. CELTIC AMERICA: THE EBIN-ROSE TRIO; SINGER-SONGWRITER:  DOUGLAS ALAN

• Friday, Oct. 28. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT PLAYS TO “NOSFERATU”

• Saturday, Oct. 29. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “SPIRITED AWAY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Sunday, Oct. 30. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE”

• Wednesday, Nov. 2. RECEPTION TO HONOR FRANZ DOUSKEY AS HAMDEN’s FIRST POET LAUREATE

• Thursday, Nov. 3. ROCK: ROPE, THE TOMMYS

• Saturday, Nov. 5. AMERICANA: MATT WHEELER, GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON DUO, JON SCHLESINGER

• Sunday, Nov. 6. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE ASPHALT JUNGLE”

• Thursday, Nov. 10. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER GALA FIRST ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT (at The Ballroom at The Outer Space)

• Friday, Nov. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN” (1 PM)

• Sunday, Nov. 13. KLEZMER JAM (6 PM)

• Wednesday, Nov. 16. IMPROVISATION/AVANT-GARDE: TOM BLANCHART, CHRIS CRETELLA< ZACH ROWDEN

• Thursday, Nov. 17. LITERARY READING: ALICE MATTISON

• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE, JEFF FULLER & ED CERCONE

• Wednesday, Nov. 23. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: DANIEL BACHMAN, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/TRADITIONAL COUNTRY: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Nov. 26. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH

• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)