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Bettman & Halpin: Duo brings its own brand of Americana music

October 1, 2018

A high-energy fiddler and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist will be setting up shop in Connecticut for a few days. Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin, who, together make up Bettman & Halpin, will bring their original folk and Americana tunes to several venues across the state.

The duo’s performance in Westport will kick off Voices Café’s eighth season of live music. The longrunning music spot is located at the Unitarian Church in Westport. It was launched in the fall of 2011 to expand on the church’s rich musical tradition.

Bettman and Halpin will add to that with their mix of upbeat bluegrass and roots inspired original compositions. With Bettman on fiddle and Halpin on guitar and mandolin, they are expected to offer up soulful ballads and catchy pop folk tunes that cover quiet reflections on life to foot-stomping bluegrass.

In addition to its Westport show, the duo, who is based in Denver when not on the road, will play in New Haven and Southbury before heading to Massachusetts for more shows.

First Presbyterian Church Hall, 704 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. $25 to $20. ctfolk.com

Voices Café at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport. Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $25. 203-227-7205, ext. 14, voicescafe.org

Blues Café at George Newton VFW Hall, 150 Lee Farm Drive, Southbury. Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. (doors open at 1; open song circle 2:30 p.m.) $20. Reservations highly encouraged. Email bluescafebm@gmail.com

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