Bettman & Halpin

“Emotive Joan Baez inspired vocals . . . head-spinning mandolin and guitar picking . . . velvety close harmonies.”
— Music News Nashville

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Nationally touring and award-winning duo Bettman & Halpin perform a fresh and enduring combination of Americana, folk and bluegrass. The perfect blending of Stephanie Bettman’s angelic voice and exquisite fiddle playing with Luke Halpin’s adept musicality on mandolin, fiddle, and banjo result in mesmerizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals.  The duo weaves masterful storytelling into their live shows, taking audiences on a heartfelt journey. Living Out Loud Los Angeles writes, “Every song hijacks your heart and takes you through an emotional ride. The chemistry that Bettman & Halpin have on stage is genuine. Their performance was a breath of fresh air.”

Stephanie Bettman is a true triple threat. An accomplished writer, singer, and fiddler: her lyrics are infused with wit and wisdom, poetry and insight. Vocally she draws comparison to the soaring soprano of Joan Baez and the plaintive emotion of Emmylou Harris. Her fiddling, which combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, is inspired by such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline and Johnny Gimble. A former actress and trapeze artist, she is at ease in front of an audience and creates authentic intimacy with her crowd no matter the size.

Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. A master of the guitar and the mandolin, impressive on fiddle, banjo, and adroit at nearly anything he picks up. Halpin draws inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor and Tony Rice and holds his own in comparison. A dynamic and sensitive vocalist himself, the harmony blend he and Stephanie achieve is sublime. Halpin has a long history in the music biz, having shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band. His quirky sense of humor is a perfect foil to Stephanie's dry witty presence.

Their passion for music and performance is only surpassed by their love of outreach—at home and on the road—they showcase the power of music to transform.

 

Available Touring Programs for 2018/19 Season:

  • American Songs and Stories
  • Christmas is a Funny Thing

Touring productions are also available in
trio and quartet configurations.

Available Outreach Programs:

  • Music & Me Residency (ages 5-18)
  • School Concert (students of all ages)
  • Senior Concerts (seniors of all ages)
  • String Pop Concert (grades 6-12)
  • Songwriting Workshop (high school students and adults)
  • Masterclasses (ages 12 & up)