Two nationally touring acts — Bettman & Halpin and The Belle Hollows — will share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre on Thursday, Nov. 16.
The 8:30 p.m. concert in the Cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door.
Bettman & Halpin play original folk/Americana. The Colorado-based acoustic duo’s performances combine high-energy, bluegrass-inspired compositions and ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics.
Touring as a duo since 2008, singer-songwriter and fiddler Stephanie Bettman and multi-instrumentalist Luke Halpin are known for their storytelling and playful banter between songs, as well as their catchy, whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental prowess.
Bettman & Halpin have been Falcon Ridge Folk Festival “Most Wanted” artists, grand prize-winners in the So Cal Live Acoustic Music Competition, and two-time featured artists at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. Their CDs have received much radio airplay and critical acclaim.
The Belle Hollows is a Nashville-based contemporary folk trio comprised of Jeremy and Rachel Johnson and their friend Robert Phaneuf (who is unable to join the siblings for this show). Launched in early 2016, The Belle Hollows had the No. 2 album on the international folk DJ chart for August 2016 and shared the month’s most-played song (“A Different Kind of Rain”), while several other tracks from Miller’s Creek, its debut album, were in the top 20. The three previously spent the better part of a decade developing a unique vocal blend, featuring tight harmonies as part of the newgrass band The Barrel Jumpers. A reviewer for Maverick Magazine (UK) wrote, the “tasteful acoustic” music of The Belle Hollows “ought to appeal to fans of the likes of Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss.”
The Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Ave. in Huntington. For more information about the concert, go to www.cinemaartscentre.org or visit www.fmsh.org.