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November 2, 2012

Folk singer Mallett to play in Oxford

Folk singer-songwriter David Mallett will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 6 On The Square, at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford.

Mallett has written songs recorded by more than 150 artists and, according to a media release, he has been described at a poet, troubadour and “the best American folk singer alive.”

His most famous tune, “Garden Song (Inch by Inch),” is considered an American folk classic, the release said.

Billboard said: “Mallett is a first-rate folk singer and writer. His portraits and townscapes are camera-sharp, and his knowledge of his subjects is profound.”

During his career, which has spanned 40 years and 14 albums, Mallett has written material for Pete Seeger, Alison Kraus, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, John Denver and even the Muppets.

According to the release, his “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 small towns and landscapes is the subject of many of his songs.”

Mallett grew up in a small town in northern Maine, starting his professional career at 11 by playing in the country-and-folk duo The Mallett Brothers with his 5-year-old brother Neil. The pair hosted a weekly television show in Bangor, Maine, in the later 1960s.

The musician started writing his own music then. With the help of Noel “Paul” Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary, Mallett’s work was brought to a national audience.

Tickets are $20 in advance at www.6onthesquare.org and $25 at the door. For more details, call 843-6876.

Mallett has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and was voted 2003 Artist of the Year by Folkwax readers. His latest album is 2009’s “Alright Now.”

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