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in the Washington, DC Area

David Mallett

  • Sunday, April 05, 2020
  • 7:30 PM
  • Gaithersburg Art Barn 311 Kent Square Road Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Singer-songwriter, David Mallett  is one of America’s true original troubadours.  In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 17 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic “Garden Song” [Inch by Inch, Row by Row] and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’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.

As Sing Out has said about David Mallett, “Songwriting doesn’t get much better than this, and performing doesn’t get much more honest.”  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.  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.

Siobhán O'Brien is opening for David Mallett. Dubbed “a voice the world should hear” by Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains), she is writing music for the risk takers of this world.  Certainly a woman who made the trek from Ireland to America, with only two suitcases in hand, to be a full-time songwriter knows a thing or two about risk.

Tickets purchased in advance for this concert will be $30. WMFA members will receive a 10% discount.  If available, tickets may be purchased at the door for $35, starting at 6:30 PM, April 5.  No tickets will be mailed.  The list of all ticket purchasers will be at the door. More information and tickets can be found at

This show is cosponsored with the World Folk Music Association (WFMA.) WFMA regularly produces great shows. More information about WFMA and their upcoming shows is on their website.

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