Piscataquis Valley Fair
MUSIC, MAGIC & COMEDY
Conjuring Carroll The Magic of Conjuring Carroll

Friday, August 22, 2008: 12:30 & 3:30 pm
Saturday, August 23, 2008: 2 pm & 6 pm
Sunday, August 24, 2008: 1 pm & 4:15 pm
On the hill by the fair office

Jeff Bates Dave Mallett in Concert

Thursday, August 21, 2008, 7 pm
Dave's career began at the age of ten when he and his brother performed at local country fairs, grange halls, and school auditoriums throughout New England. During his days at the University of Maine, he began listening to singer/songwriters.

Known as "the voice of New England," Dave Mallett's talent for combining compelling lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies caught the attention of producer Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary), and in 1978 he recorded the first of nine albums to date of original material.

His songs have been performed by over 150 artists, including Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, Hal Ketchum, Arlo Guthrie and even the Muppets.

Life in rural America is Mallett's hallmark. Some of his most requested songs were inspired by his childhood on the family farm in Maine.

"The Haying Song" recalls long, hot days pitching hay, making sure it was "dry when you put it away."

The devastating lightning strike that destroyed the family farm when he was a child is recalled in "Fire," and "April" is a paean to Spring as only those who come from a cold climate can truly appreciate.

Misty Mountaineers The Misty Mountaineers

Enjoy the Bluegrass Music on
Friday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM
They will be doing two shows.

Ken Jane Brooks Ken & Jane Brooks

Saturday, August 23rd at 6:30 PM - Come see these two put on a great show
Ken plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. He began performing regularly in 1965 at the Jonesport Opry House in Down East Maine. While serving in the U.S. Air Force he performed in California and other western states. After the military Ken continued to play at clubs, fairs, concert halls and festivals throughout Canada and the U.S., including playing in Nashville. From 1988 to 1995 Ken was the lead vocalist and guitarist for Bluegrass Supply Company, one of the most popular and best known Bluegrass bands in the Northern United States. Since that time Ken has performed with other very popular Maine bands including, Union River Band, Bob & Grace French and the Rainbow Valley Folks and Fox Hollow.

Ken has recorded seven albums and has appeared as a backup musician on many more. A CD that Ken recorded, as lead vocalist with Union River Band, received a "Highlight Review" in the April 2002 edition of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine published in Broad Run, Virginia. No other New England band had ever received a "Highlight Review" in that magazine's forty year history. Ken's recordings have received radio air-play throughout the U.S., Canada and many foreign countries. He is considered an "archivist" by professional recording and touring musician Patricia Buie for his accurate and extensive renditions of classic acoustic roots music.

Jane plays bass and sings lead and harmony vocals. She was first introduced to bluegrass and acoustic music when she and Ken were married. On occasion she would perform a few songs and recitations with Ken and his band, which included Bluegrass Supply Company, and Union River Band. During a time when Ken was not playing in a band Jane learned to play the bass and continued singing to accompany Ken's varied styles of music. Jane also performed as a member of Fox Hollow. She and Ken have been performing as a duet act since 2004.

Ken and Jane are available for private parties, company functions, house concerts, stage concerts, festivals and fairs. Ken is also available for solo performaces.

Jeff Bates Perley Curtis in Concert

Saturday, August 23, 2008, 8 pm
Most of us know the importance of honesty and integrity. Perley Curtis is no stranger to these words either, as nothing but a pure, honest love for original, traditional country music flows from this gentleman's songs. Curits is not a native of the south, however, while growing up in Maine, the young Curtis developed a love for country music and its legends like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. After first picking up a guitar at age eight, played his first paying gig when he was just nine years old.

In the years following, Curtis performed in bluegrass bands throughout New England then moved to Nashville in 1988. Since his move to Music City, the singer/songwriter/musician has performed in bands of his own and has also earned a reputation as a skilled dobro and steel guitarist, performing with artists such as: Holly Dunn, Becky Hobbs, Johnny Paycheck, Connie Smith, The Reno Brothers, Del Reeves, Loretta Lynn and most recently Charlie Louvin. Curits feels that moving to Nashville was a definate turning point in his career, "All of my greatest accomplishments have happened since I've moved to Nashville."

Curtis' career is still evolving, but he enjoys looking back on his many successes, counting his six-year tour with Loretta Lynn and a recent tour with Charlie Louvin as career highlights. "Loretta and Charlie were influences of mine growing up, so it was certainly an honor to be on the road with them." Perely is now focusing on his own solo career. He is in the planning stages for a new duet CD with Erin Hay and is looking forward to finishing it. Rest assured, it will be traditional country music. "It has always been my desire to be an artist. I've performed all over the world as a dobro and steel guitar player for other artists. Now I'd like to shine."

Contact Info:
Perley Curtis
140 New Douglas Loop Road
Gallatin, TN 37066
perleycurtis@yahoo.com

The Muellers The Mueller Family

Sunday, August 24th at 11 AM
Maine-based family bluegrass band The Muellers has put in a lot of mileage bringing their high-energy blend of traditional and original bluegrass to audiences across the country during the last few years, but they know that they still have many more miles to goŚno small task for a band in which the majority of musicians are still too young to drive. Audiences across America are taking notice of this up-and-coming act.

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