TURNER – Maine folk singer David Mallett, known for writing songs that paint an honest, realistic view of rural American life, will perform Friday, May 6, in the Leavitt Area High School auditorium.

The concert will benefit efforts to preserve Turner Center Universalist Church.

Over a career spanning four decades, Mallett has released a dozen albums and published two books.

His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Emmylou Harris and the Muppets. His “Garden Song” has become an American folk classic, with its phrase “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.”

He writes about the factory worker and the fieldworker, memories of summer dances, loves and losses, and incidents of courage and despair everyone can relate to.

Billboard has described Mallet as “a first-rate folk singer and writer. His portraits and townscapes are camera sharp, and his knowledge of his subjects is profound.”

Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. For tickets, people can call (207) 225-2792 and leave a message. The high school is at 21 Matthews Way.

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