NEW LONDON — Remember the "Garden Song"? The thoughtful, oft-recorded tune that begins with "Inch by inch, Row by row, Gonna make this garden grow, All it takes is a rake and a hoe, And a piece of fertile ground," and ends with "Plant your rows straight and long, Temper them with prayer and song, Mother Earth will make you strong, If you give her love and care?"

Well, now's your opportunity — and a rare one at that — to hear the man who wrote the words to the song that has become a folk classic. 

David Mallett, whose career spans four decades and whose songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists — including Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, Liam Clancy and the Muppets — will be in New London Saturday to play at at this month's Friday Night Folk concert at All Souls UU in New London.

Mallett, a Maine native, has performed in town halls and folk clubs across America and Europe in addition to major venues such as Barns of Wolf Trap, and the Newport Folk Festival. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," and was recognized by The Bangor Daily News as one of the 58 most memorable Mainers of the 20th Century. Mallett has recorded 17 albums, including “The Fable True” which is based on Thoreau’s last expedition in 1857.

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