Bettman & Halpin at Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks, August 20

Date: August 20, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm

In 2010 I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin at a FAR-West music conference. I loved their music and their stage presence. Later that year, we ran into each other at the Folk Alliance International conference in Memphis, TN. We shared a lunch of that delicious Memphis BBQ and what better way to get to know someone than to share a meal together. It’s taken this long for the stars to align so that Brogden Bay Presents and Four Friends Gallery can present to you Bettman & Halpin and we are delighted to do so.

Stephanie & Luke play original Folk/Americana. Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing in their heads for weeks thereafter. Interspersed between these songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry. They have been touring as a duo since 2008, and incorporating a trio and quartet since 2013.

Bettman & Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. They have twice been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS along with musical heroes Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphey w/ Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. They can also be found performing at various arts centers throughout the US and abroad, including The Smothers Theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts: taking the listener from up-tempo down home fiddlin’, to soulful sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop with catchy melodies and lyrics that will stick with you long after the concert is over. Touring together since 2008, Bettman & Halpin have been recognized in various Regional and National competitions, including:

  • Grand Prize Winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition
  • Winners in Southern California’s Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest
  • Most Wanted Artists at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
  • Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques
  • Their 5 CDs have received national and international radio play along with critical acclaim, reaching the top 10 and top 5 on the National Folk DJ chart and number 1 on The Roots Music Report.

Four Friends Gallery
1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 601-7530

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