The award-winning acoustical duo of Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin will perform their “joyful, acoustic Americana” music at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.
Bettman and Halpin have been described as master storytellers in the fireside tradition, not only through songs that portray intricate scenes ranging from vibrant and haunting, but also in their sharing of the stories that inspired the music, event promoters said.
A board member from The Tennyson Center for Children, an organization that helps abused children in Denver, heard the duo sing and was so impressed with how they approach tough issues like anorexia and suicide, he asked them to write a song about child abuse, said Carla Sameth, a representative for the duo.
Prior to their collaboration, Bettman was a classically trained singer/violinist/actress in hot pursuit of a career on stage and film, with occasional stints as an aerialist, while Halpin was touring the country based out of Nashville with a band called Fanny Grace, opening for stars such as Merle Haggard and Lone Star, said Sameth.
“On paper, these two have all the makings of a classic conflict: Halpin is self-taught, self-educated, and comes from a family with strong religious affiliations. Bettman is classically trained and from a small family of non-religious (to anti-religious) engineers, scientists and doctors,” Sameth noted.
They had no idea of their opposite backgrounds, but the musical chemistry was strong, Sameth said.
Working together, the two musicians realized their relationship was becoming personal, but after discussions they said they decided dating was a bad idea. One of those discussions led to Bettman writing their signature anthem, “It All Comes Back to Love.”
They started dating and haven’t looked back, according to Bettman. The duo was the recent subject of a documentary on KCET in December.
McCabe’s is at 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Tickets are $20.
Information, (310) 828-4497, or www.mccabes.com.