Stephanie Bettman has been described as a triple threat. An accomplished writer, her songs are infused with wit and wisdom. As a vocalist, she has drawn comparisons to such legendary singers as Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Alison Krauss. Meanwhile, her fiddling, which combines elements of bluegrass and jazz, is filled with influences from such masters as Stephane Grappelli, Byron Berline and Johnny Gimble.
Luke Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist who draws inspiration from the likes of Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor and Tony Rice. A dynamic vocalist himself, Halpin has worked the stages with the likes of Merle Haggard, Lone Star and The Steve Miller Band.
As a duo, Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin create a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound that is far greater than the sum of it's parts. Together they weave a spell that takes the audience from up tempo down home fiddlin', to soulful sorrowful ballads, to super hooky folk/pop such as "I Just Wanna Love You": a track off their most recent release (which has reached the #5 spot on Folk DJ Charts with a #3 Song). You will be singing along despite yourself. Their hooks and lyrics will stick with you long after the concert is over and leave you looking forward to the next time.
Touring together since Bettman released her acclaimed Get Close To Me (which hit the #8 spot on the Folk DJ Charts), the duo has been recognized in various Regional and National competitions, including Grand Prize Winners in the 2008 So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition and Winners of the 2007 Topanga Banjo / Fiddle Contest, as well as being named in Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques of 2008.