Wardsboro Curtain Call presents Neptune’s Car on Sept. 16

WARDSBORO — From homeschooling lessons to live shows to recording sessions - that's the arc of the songwriting career of Holly Hanson.

She and Steve Hayes are the acoustic folk duo Neptune's Car, and will perform Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street. Music begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.

The duo's name comes from the true story of a clipper ship captained by Mary Patten. In 1857, despite being pregnant, caring for her sick husband, and fighting off mutiny from the first mate, Mary successfully navigated the ship, Neptune's Car, around Cape Horn to San Francisco.

Hanson played music throughout her schooling, then took a 20-year hiatus to raise her kids. She started writing music for her children's lessons. Her song “In the Blue Room” (Letters from the Road, 2012), grew out of a lesson about the constellations. After a successful open mic appearance, she jumped back into performing.

Hayes comes from a musical family, from a grandfather who played guitar, banjo, and ukulele, to his brother Kevin, a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show. Steve is an award-winning guitar player who can play just about anything with strings; from his first gig at age 13, to his 10-year association with Hanson, he has played all kinds of music including rock, country, jazz, funk, blues, and, of course, folk.

Visit or email [email protected] for more information about the Neptune's Car show.

The final show of the 2017 Wardsboro Curtain Call music series will be on Friday, Oct. 13, in Wardsboro Town Hall, featuring blues musician and historian Scott Ainslie.

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