Palmer Street Coffeehouse will welcome the acoustic duo Neptune's Cart to its stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6.
Mix together a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts with a guitarist-songwriter from New Hampshire, blend in a dollop of contemporary folk with a dash of alt-country and a shared passion for lighthouses and historical biographies, and you’ll have the nautically named pair, Neptune’s Car, which has been performing together since 2006.
The two, Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, are well known in acoustic circles for their intimate style, harmony-rich singing and guitar picking.
Maverick Magazine called their music "a beautiful blend of country and folk.”
The magazine said that “Holly’s vocals are tender, warm and quite evocative with each song taking the form of a story or tale. Steve’s guitar playing complements Holly’s vocals perfectly giving each of the songs depth and character.”
The author went on to describe Neptune’s Car as offering a taste of Nickel Creek and Alison Krauss, but insisted that comparisons were not needed. “This is a strong musical duo whose music can stand on its own two feet. …. The songs are beautiful, and the overall atmosphere created is perfect."
The charts seem to agree. The group’s first album, “Strawberry Moon,” reached No. 4 on the Folk DJ chart, and its third, “The 45th Parallel,” made it to No. 2.
Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh operates on the first Friday of each month, October through June. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments are available. Admission is $10 per person. Located in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4 Palmer St., the Coffeehouse is well known for its welcoming atmosphere and fine acoustic music.