Bluegrass-Inspired Energy Served Up Fresh with Folk/Americana Duo Bettman and Halpin

Saturday, July 13, 2019


Bettman and Halpin, whose concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs, perform at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on Monday, July 15, 8 p.m.

Bettman and Halpin, who play folk/Americana, grace The Coffee Gallery Backstage only once every 18 months. Their popular shows have always sold out, and audiences all over the U.S. find themselves captivated, moved, and thoroughly entertained.

Bettman and Halpin are known for their lyrical depth, entertaining stories, and high-energy performances. They have been generating buzz in folk and bluegrass circles since they started touring in 2008.

Stephanie Bettman is 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, Bettman 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 adept at nearly anything he picks up. He 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 Bettman achieve is chilling and at times simply transcendent.

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, to name a few. His quirky sense of humor is a perfect foil to Stephanie’s dry witty presence.

Award winners in both regional and national performing and songwriting contests, Bettman and Halpin are in from Colorado for these two nights in Altadena. They always fill The Coffee Gallery Backstage to capacity and, as always, it will be a turn-away crowd.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call (626) 798-6236 or visit

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is at 2029 N. Lake Avenue in Altadena.