Dave Mallett: Class of 1969

Mallett as a senior at FA

In the millennium edition of The Bangor Daily News, Dave Mallett was named along with Marshall Dodge, Andrew Wyeth, E.B. White, Stephen King, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others as one of the most memorable Mainers of the 20th century. In addition to releasing 14 albums in a professional musical career that has spanned nearly four decades, Dave’s pen has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Pete Seeger, Alison Kraus, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, and the Muppets. His tune “Garden Song” is an American folk classic and has been recorded more than 150 times (notably by both Denver and Arlo Guthrie). The readers of Folkwax voted him “2003 Artist of the Year” and his album Artist in Me as “2003 Album of the Year”.

Dave has continued to record and tour consistently in folk clubs, concert halls, and festivals nationwide for over 30 years, and he returned to Maine in 1995 after moving to Nashville in the early 1980s.

?How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?? 

“Foxcroft Academy gave me an invaluable opportunity  to perform on a real stage at an early age. From performing with my brother Neil in the early 60s in our folk music shows to my acting experience under the guidance of John Arnold when I was in high school, I gained the confidence and stage presence needed to pursue my lifelong goal. The support of my hometown was constant and greatly appreciated throughout my career.”

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