FARMINGTON — New England Celtic Arts will present David Mallett at Old South Congregational Church on Saturday, May 7.

A pre-show jam session will kick off at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.

The cool breezes of Maine’s northlands have flowed through Mallett’s songs for more than four decades. His latest album, “Greenin’ Up,” is a compilation of re-recordings of his finest work. This celebration of rural life was released in conjunction with the Maine Farmland Trust.

“Having grown up around country people and farmers, rural life has always been the wellspring for a lot of my best work,” Mallett said. “I was glad to be able to put some of my best nature tunes in one collection and help draw attention to and to support such a worthy cause as the Maine Farmland Trust, which essentially helps prevent valuable farmland from being turned into housing and strip malls. I’ve always wanted to revisit some of my old stuff, like ‘April’, and present a more seasoned version of some of these songs.”

The compilation includes three new songs: “Fat of the Land,” “Dogs & Horses” and “Beautiful Rose.” Re-recordings of “Garden Song,” “Summer of My Dreams,” “I Knew This Place,” “Good Times” and “April” are also included.

“Greenin’ Up” is the culmination of a musical career that began when Mallett was 11 years old while playing in the country and folk duo The Mallett Brothers with his older brother, Neil.

He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including NPR’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.

The church is located at 235 Main St. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Reservations are encouraged by calling 207-491-5919.


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