Nov 16, 2017 Hard Luck Café Concert at Cinema Arts Centre Features Bettman & Halpin and The Belle Hollows
Two nationally touring acts – Bettman & Halpin and The Belle Hollows — share the bill during then monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) 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. Visit www.fmsh.org or call (631) 425-2925 for more information.
Bettman & Halpin play original folk/Americana. The Colorado-based acoustic duo’s performances combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots-inspired compositions, beautiful ballads with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics and groovy feel-good songs. Touring as a duo since 2008, Stephanie Bettman (singer-songwriter and fiddler) and Luke Halpin (multi-instrumentalist) are known for their storytelling and playful banter between songs, as well as for 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 #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. As 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.” Phaneuf will not be part of this concert. Eric Lee, known to many as part of the Falcon Ridge House Band, will accompany The Belle Hollows.
Established in 1973, Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre (www.cinemaartscentre.org) seeks to bring the best of cinematic artistry to Long Island and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community. LI’s only not-for-profit, viewer-supported, independent cinema presents a wide array of films that are often accompanied by discussions and guest speakers.
Now in its 49th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington (www.fmsh.org) presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Its First Saturday Concerts at the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport continue on Dec. 4 with STEADY ON: Celebrating Lilith Fair at 20, featuring Sharon Goldman, Trina Hamlin, Lara Herscovitch, Amy Soucy, and Sloan Wainwright.