David Mallett at Mendelssohn

David Mallett at Mendelssohn


From a small town in northern Maine to the big cities, David Mallet’s music strikes a chord with audiences everywhere. You can hear him at 8 p.m. this Friday, March 22 at the Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., presented by Charlotte’s Web.

Mallett was raised in a musical family. By age 10. he was touring New England with his older brother, singing at county fairs and grange halls. In his early 20s, he began writing his own songs, eventually performing his work across the United States, in Canada and in Europe.

In a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Emmylou Harris and even the Muppets. His “Garden Song” has become an American folk classic.

Mallet’s songs are filled with delicate and evocative imagery, passion and a sense of the inevitable passage of time. He has 11 albums to his name. The most recent is Ambition, on the Rounder/Flying Fish label. Mallet was recently named one of the most memorable Mainers of the 20th century by the Bangor Daily News (along with Andrew Wyeth, E.B. White, Stephen King and Edna St. Vincent Millay, among others).

Mallet is a dedicated conservationist. The loss of American home towns and rural landscapes is the subject of many of his songs, as are the issues of wilderness. In 1997 he received the Classic Song Award from the Genesis Society, an international animal rights organization, for his song, “You Say That The Battle Is Over.” In 1999 he performed at the Orion Society’s Fire and Grit Conference, a landmark gathering of environmental artists, poets, writers and educators.

His concert performances and albums receive consistently positive acclaim—“In Mallett you will hear gentle, tuneful music of intelligence and heart. It’s deeply rooted American music that can snap you awake like a rooster’s crow or keep you quiet company on the porch swing at dusk” (Tacoma News Tribune). “Always compelling, always musical… there is something about Mallett’s phrasing that lends an urgency and boldness to his songs. His deep, clear voice has a storyteller’s naturalness to it, a poet’s intelligence.” —Boston Globe.

Tickets are $12 in advance or 15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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