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Mallett plays “Sunday's in Maine” series at Skye
SO. CARTHAGE -- New England Celtic Arts will present Dave Mallett, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday.
This is the final installment of the popular “Sunday's In Maine” series featuring Maine artists at Skye Theatre.
The 7 p.m. curtain will be preceded by a jam session starting at 6 p.m. where audience members may participate in a few tunes and songs before the concert.
Life in an out of the way place carries universal import, and people everywhere seem to understand what David Mallett's songs are about. Although they are rooted in place, they speak to the essential things that move us all. If you grow up in a small rural town, as Mallett did, you can't help but learn its stories. He knows about the people who shouldn't have stayed, but did, and those who shouldn't have left, but did. He knows the factory work, the fieldwork, the memories of summer dances, the loves and losses, and the stunning incidents of courage and despair.
Raised in a musical family, by the age of ten he was touring with his older brother Neil, singing at grange halls and county fairs. In his early twenties he started his solo career, writing his own songs and eventually performing them across the U.S., Canada and Europe. His songs have received international acclaim, and one of them, "Garden Song", has been translated into several
languages and is one of America's most popular folk anthems. Other singers who have recorded Mallett's songs include Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Hal Ketchum, Pete Seeger and even the Muppets. The source of this well-traveled music is life in a small town in rural Maine, where there still is a main street, and you can still find old barns and tall trees.
The songs Mallett writes and sings are filled with passion, evocative imagery, and a sense of the inevitable passage of time. The loss of American towns and rural landscapes is the subject of many of his songs, as are the issues of wilderness preservation and the struggle of the common man. When he is not touring, the place where he makes his songs is in his writing room in an old
farmhouse with a view across the field and a tintype of his great-great grandfather on the wall. "I like to keep reaching out to touch the past," he says, "to connect it with what's going on now. To me music is one of the few things that is timeless...human emotion is one continual chain."
In the millennium edition of the Bangor Daily News, in his home state, he was named along with Marshall Dodge, Andrew Wyeth, Stephen King, Edna St. Vincent Millay and others, one of the most memorable "Mainers" of the twentieth century. And in 2003 the readers of FOLKWAX (www.folkwax.com) voted him Artist of the Year, and his album "Artist in Me" Album of the Year.
“Alright Now”, his latest CD is smooth, intimate, and it’s so real that one would say that it’s almost scary to any mainstream music scene. But for true hard-core songwriters, Alright Now is a masterpiece and one that you can listen to and learn from for years to come. Yes, David Mallet has proven that once again it really is all about the music.”
Skye Theater is located three miles West of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Dr. off Winter Hill Rd and Rt. 2 in South Carthage. Ticket price is $20 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at 562-4445 for reservations and directions.
More information on all three concerts at: http://www.necelticarts.com.