Dave Mallett to play the Chocolate Church
The Chocolate Church Arts Center and American singer-songwriter Dave Mallett have grown up together. Mallett first started performing on the main stage 40 years ago. On Friday, March 23, he returns to Chocolate Church, located at 804 Washington Street in Bath, to musically guide the audience through the cool breezes of Maine’s northlands that have flowed through his songs for decades. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Dave Mallett, who is named among the prestigious list 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), may likely be best known for his authorship of the "folk standard" composition "Garden Song." This iconic song has been recorded hundreds of times and performed around the world and has found its place amidst the lexicon of American folk songs.
“It was never that big a hit,” said Maine native Dave Mallett, “never blared at you, ten times an hour, on the radio. It’s gotten around but in a very human way, through the mouths of children, campfires and wedding ceremonies. I’m so proud to be associated with such a simple and beautiful thing. It’s like every kid in America and a lot over the world learns my song at one time or another.”
In a career spanning four decades, Mallett has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.
After living in Nashville in the 1980s, he moved back to Maine and established his own label, North Road Records. Unwavering, 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.
Tickets are $23 in advance and $27 at the door and available online www.chocolatechurcharts.org or through the box office 207-442-8455.