Bettman and Halpin perform original Folk music and “Joyful Acoustic Americana.” Their concerts combine high-energy bluegrass/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 songs and instrumentals, they tell stories. They have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as for their hooky, whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry. They have been touring as a duo since 2008, and including the trio and quartet since 2013.
Bettman and 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, Kansas, aside musical heroes like Byron Berline, Michael Martin Murphy with Pat Flynn, and Tommy Emmanuel. They can be found performing at various art centers throughout the US and abroad, as well as at some of the biggest Folk and Bluegrass festivals.
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 stick with you long after the concert is over.
Since they began touring in 2008, Bettman and 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 the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
- Music Connection’s Top 25 New Music Critiques
- 5 critically acclaimed CDs that have earned national and international radio play, reaching Top 5 and Top 10 on the national DJ Folk radio.