BATH — American singer-songwriter Dave Mallett will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at The Chocolate Church, 804 Washington St.

Mallett may likely be best known for his authorship of the “folk standard” composition, “Garden Song.” It has been recorded hundreds of times and performed around the world.

“It was never that big a hit,” Mallett said, “never blared at you, 10 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 U.S., Canada and Europe.

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. 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.

Dave Maillett


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