David Mallett performs at Triangle Park, Calais
August 10th, 7-9PM
The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for more than four decades. His latest, Greenin Up, is a compilation of some re-recordings of his finest work. Greenin’ Up is the culmination of a musical career that began when Mallett was eleven years old, playing in a country and folk duo.
The 12 songs contained on Greenin’ Up further build on and support his reputation for having a storyteller’s naturalness and a poet’s intelligence. Although it is rooted in place, his music speaks to the essential things that move us all. Mallett knows the factory work, the field work, the memories of summer dances, the loves and losses, and the stunning incidents of courage and despair.
As an acting student at the University of Maine, Mallett discovered the music of singer songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Dylan and soon began writing his own songs. I felt that, if I became a singer-songwriter, I could sing my own words.”
Honing his craft as a soloist, Mallett increasingly expanded his repertoire with original tunes. “When I was in my twenties, playing in bars,” he remembered, “I would sprinkle in a few of my own songs. They blended in pretty well. By the time that I was 26 or 27, I was singing all my own songs.”
A turning point in Mallett’s career came in 1975, after he discovered that Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary had moved to Blue Hill, Maine and was opening a recording studio. Within six months of their initial meeting, Mallett found a true mentor in Stookey. In addition to producing Mallett’s first three albums, Stookey helped to bring his tune, “The Garden Song”, to the attention of influential folksinger Pete Seeger who included it on his 1979 album, “Circles And Seasons.” John Denver soon recorded the song and took it to the top ten in the adult contemporary charts in the late 70s.
Meanwhile his “Ballad of the St. Annes Reel” from his second album evolved into a folk classic played around the world. Since returning to Maine in 1995, Mallett has recorded two cds for Rounder / Flying Fish in the 90s and tour nationally Canada and in the UK. He has performed at Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, The Newport Folk Festival, Prairie Home Companion, among many notable venues. He has released 17 cds, his 2009 release, Alright Now, was proclaimed “a masterpiece” by the Boston Globe.
Named one of the most memorable “Mainers” in the millennium edition of The Bangor Daily News (along with Marshall Dodge, Andrew Wyeth, E.B. White, Stephen King, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others), Mallett’s songs are filled with passion, evocative imagery, and a sense of the inevitable passage of time. The struggle of the common man and the loss of American towns and landscapes are the subject of many of his songs.
WUBM Radio selects David Mallett’s Alright Now cd as one of the top ten albums of 2010! Check out the list.
“a masterpiece …This is an exquisite, ennobling record, made by a terrific craftsman.”
– Steve Morse, Boston Globe
“it’s really real music in its truest form…the truest form ever imaginable…But for true hard core songwriters, Alright Now is a masterpiece and one that you can listen to and learn from for years to come. Yes, David Mallet has proven that once again it really is all about the music. There is no doubt that he has left an unfading imprint on Music City and Classic Americana Music forever.”
– Jan Duke, Aboutnashville.com
Artist In Me:
“one of the year’s best records.” – Associated Press
“The title song, Didn’t Nobody Teach You, Strange Life, The Wind Is on the Water, and Livin’ on the Edge pack the plainspoken poetic power of this consistently on-the-money songwriter’s best work.”
– Mike Thomas, Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“He harks back to the earnest ambitions and heartfelt melodies of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, singing with the conviction that folk can still be heroic. David Mallet has a lustrous, melancholy voice that both engages and lulls the listener, never stretching too high or too low but always staying comfortable and believable.”
Join us for this remarkable evening of entertainment and to enjoy the talents of singer/songwriter David Mallett. This concert is brought to you by The St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce and is generously sponsored by WCCC (Washington County Community College) and WQDY, Calais. The concert is free and open to the public, held from 7-9PM at Triangle Park, Calais. This event helps kick off the 2017 International Homecoming Festival. Visit us at www.visitstcroixvalley.com or like us on Facebook at visitstcroixvalley. For further information contact St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce at 207-454-2308.