Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin will perform a free show at the Vail Library on Tuesday evening. Halpin's music is new and catchy, an engaging mixture of folk, roots, bluegrass and jazz with memorable lyrics and killer instrumentation. Bettman is an accomplished writer, singer and fiddler; her lyrics are infused with wit and wisdom, poetry and insight. The two of them raise the roof with their soaring harmonies and foot tapping fiddles.
Vocally, Bettman draws comparison to the soaring soprano of Joan Baez and the plaintive emotion of Emmylou Harris. Halpin is a renowned multi-instrumentalist. He is a master of the guitar and the mandolin, impressive on fiddle and banjo and adept 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. Together, Bettman and Halpin are fast earning a reputation for hypnotizing performances. They have been a featured act at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan., as well as several performing arts centers throughout the western and southwestern U.S. 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.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 970-479-2187.