Holy arrival at Union Fair

Aug 15, 2012
Nashville’s Steve Holy will perform the headline concert of the 2012 Union Fair.

Union — The 2012 Union Fair runs Saturday through Saturday, Aug. 18 to 25 at the fairgrounds off Route 17. A real Maine agricultural fair, it also offers live music and comedy each day in the Entertainment Center and two evening concerts on the grandstand stage. The first is Rustic Overtones Thursday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.; the popular rock/funk favorites were thundered out last year.

The second, this year’s headliner, features country artist Steve Holy Friday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. Holy is a contemporary country artist who likes to dip into the traditional well. Holy has released an album, and had a big hit, every five years so he is due for the latter. His 2011 album, “Love Don’t Run,” includes an acoustic version of his breakout smash from a decade ago, “Good Morning Beautiful.” In 2006, he had another No. 1 hit with “Brand New Girlfriend.” He also had Top-20 stints with “Blue Moon” and “The Hunger,” as well as the title track of his current, third, studio album.

While “Love Don’t Run” the album remains consistent with Holy’s overall pop country sound, it veers slightly away from the 1950s and ‘60s style that defined his earlier efforts. Holy edges into the ‘70s with a cover of the Kristofferson classic “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” a song that, while most famous as a country number, has been covered by artists as diverse as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gladys Knight and The Pips. This fits right in with Holy’s mixed bag of musical influences that includes Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Lionel Richie and a variety of doo-wop bands.

For the complete schedule of events, visit unionfair.org or look for the flyer and premium books at Midcoast stores. Daily updates can be found on the fair’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.


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