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06 Sep

Autumn Newsletter

Hi everyone

Welcome to the Autumn newsletter.

Around our way, the long hot summer of 2018 is fading from view and a chill can be felt in the air. Perfect time then to take to the road and play some shows


THE TOUR

All the Autumn tour dates are listed below with live ticket links.

So friends in England, Wales and Scotland, and Germany, France and The Netherlands …. you are just one click away from booking your tickets.

If possible, can we ask that you PLEASE book your tickets in advance. It is certainly cheaper but it also helps re-assure the promoters. Leaving until the last minute can sometime lead to promoters getting cold feet and wanting to cancel if advance sales are low.

Given these maybe our last shows in the UK for quite a while, we want them all to be great and busy nights. Thank you.


YOUR CALL – WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HEAR?

If there are certain songs you would like us to play, maybe a favourite you have never heard us play before, please let us know, and we will do our best to include it.

We are also working on a few of our favourite songs by other writers for this tour so if you fancy hearing us do a cover of your choice, we’d love to hear your suggestion. No promises though!


ARETHA

Like everyone, we were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Aretha Franklin. What can you say about an extraordinary talent and an extraordinary life? As Elvis Costello wrote in his post about her on Twitter “No words worthy”.

She was always an influence on My Darling Clementine, which some may find hard to believe given the country origins of what we do, especially our first album. But take a listen to Yours Is The Cross from Still Testifying (via Soundcloud OR on YouTube).

At around 1 min, 44 sec, those backing vocals. Sound familiar?

Blessings to Queen Aretha and thanks to Angie Pollock, and Oliver Darling for being our very own soul sisters on this song


FUNDRAISERS

Two projects we are currently supporting are:

1. MUSIC MINDS: An album and a concert to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues. More details about the album and the project in general here, while tickets for the London concert available here. We will be on stage for approx 20 minutes. Other acts include Chris Difford, Andy Fairweather-Low, Thomas Lang and many more

2. SINGING THROUGH THE WALL – Songs for Western Sahara: Also an album, a very beautifully packaged double album, which can be bought, or downloaded and streamed here.

Please check them out when you can and if feel so inclined to buy an album or a ticket, that would be brilliant

 


 

My Darling Clementine – England, Wales, Scotland – Autumn 2018

Friday Sept 7
Bath – Chapel Arts 

St James Memorial Hall Avon, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR
Tel; 01225 461700
TICKETS // INFO

Saturday Sept 8
South Molton – The George Hotel

The George Hotel, 1 Broad St, EX36 3AB South Molton
Promoted by The Plough Torrington
Tel: 01769 572514 (The George) 01805 624624 (The Plough)
TICKETS

Sunday Sept 9
Penzance – Acorn Arts  

Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU
Tel: 01736 363545
TICKETS // INFO

Friday Sept 21
Cardiff – Acapela Studio

Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9QD
Tel: 02920 890862
BOOKING & INFO

Sunday Sept 23
Edinburgh – Voodoo Rooms

19a W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA
Tel: 0131 556 7060
TICKETS // INFO

Sunday Oct 7th
Shrewsbury –  Henry Tudor 

Henry Tudor House, Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury SY1 1XA
Tel. 01743 361666
TICKETS // INFO

Wednesday Oct 10th
London – Islington Academy – Music Minds Fundraiser
TICKETS // INFO

Thurs Oct 11
Crawley – Hawth Theatre

Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ
Tel:  01293 553636
INFO & TICKETS

Saturday Oct 13th
Liverpool – The Music Room @ The Phil

Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP
Tel: 0151 709 3789
INFO & TICKETS

Weds Oct 17th
Birmingham – The Rep

Library of Birmingham,  Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP
Tel: 0121 236 4455
INFO & TICKETS

Thursday Oct 18th
Manchester – Night People

105-107 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD
Tel 0161 236 9266
TICKETS

Friday Oct 19th
Whitby – Musicport Festival  (The Other Half with Mark Billingham)

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff
Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN
Tel: 01947 603475
TICKETS // INFO

Saturday Oct 20th
Bedford – The Ent Shed

The Gordon Arms, Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QY
Tel: 07923 621140
TICKETS // INFO

Weds Oct 31st
London – St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town NW1 1UL
Tel; 020 7424 0724
TICKETS // INFO

Saturday Nov 10th
Retford – St Saviours C.C. (‘Pies, Peas & Performance’)

Pelham Road, Retford, Notts, DN22 6QW
TICKETS

My Darling Clementine – Netherlands, France Germany – Autumn 2018

Tuesday Nov 13th
Oentsjerk (NL) – Folk in de Walden

INFO

Thursday Nov 15th
Ede  (NL) – Live Stage Marnix

INFO

Friday Nov 16th
Amen (NL) – Cafe
De Amer
INFO

Saturday Nov 17th
Steinfeld (D) – Di Kleine Gallery

INFO // TICKETS from kontakt@old-and-new.com

Sunday Nov 18th
Arnhem (NL) – Luxor Live

TICKETS // INFO

Tuesday Nov  20th
Meximieux, Lyon (Fr) – CARIOCA

TICKETS from chrislabonne@orange.fr

Weds Nov 21st
Kusterdingen (D) – Kino METROPOL

TICKETS from info@horsemountain.de

Full details and tickets links at
http://mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk/shows/

 


Thanks everyone, as ever we appreciate your support and we we look forward to singing for you, and seeing you at a show in the next few weeks
Respect,
Lou & Michael

 


 

19 Jun

MDC Summer Newsletter

Hi everyone

Welcome to the Clementine summer newsletter.


ON STAGE

We are looking forward to getting back on stage in the coming days.  It has been a prolonged absence by our standards – not played a show in almost 2 months (Thornton Hough Village Club in April – what a great night that was. Thanks to all who came.)

On Tuesday June 19th we will be joining Carlene Carter for her only UK show this year. Carlene is country music royalty and we are are happy to be the court jesters for the night.

Tickets from – https://agmp.ticketabc.com/events/carlene-carter/

 

After that we will be in Norway, firstly at the Vise Festival in Egersund at the start of July (joined by Al Gare and Alan Cook) and then again, with the full band, at Seljord Festival:

Thursday July 5th – Egersund, Vise Festival (MWK solo)
Friday July 6th – Egersund, Vise Festival (MDC)

Friday July 27th – Telemark, Seljord Festival
Saturday July 28th – Telemark, Seljord Festival

Tickets are also now on sale for the Autumn tour.  These dates are a mix of duo, 4 piece and full band shows. We are also joining up with Mark Billingham again,  for a performance of The Other Half in Whitby.

Full details and tickets links at http://mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk/shows/

If possible, PLEASE book your tickets as soon as you can if your are planning on coming to any the shows. It really makes a huge difference and helps re-assure promoters. Leaving until the last minute to buy can sometimes lead to promoters getting cold feet and wanting to cancel if advance sales are low.

Many thanks everyone.


We’ve also got some more dates in the Netherlands lined up:

Tuesday Nov 13th – Oentsjerk (NL)
Folk in de Walden
http://www.folkindewalden.nl/concerten/programma.htm

Wed Nov 14th – Leiden (NL)
Q Bus

Thurs Nov 15th – Ede (NL)
Live Stage Marnix
http://www.livestagemarnix.com/agendanl.php

Fri Nov 16th – Amen (NL)
Cafe De Amer
http://www.cafedeamer.nl

Sat Nov 17th –  Lieren, Apeldoorn (NL)
De Roseboom
http://www.deroseboom.nl/events/my-darling-clementine-2/

Sun Nov 18th – Arnhem (NL)
Luxor Live
Tickets: https://luxorlive.stager.nl/web/tickets/203301
Venue: https://www.luxorlive.nl/agenda/


ON RECORD

Our thoughts are turning to getting back in the studio soon, and writing some new songs. A week spent at the first ever South Louisiana Songwriter festival and Workshop for Michael  (hosted by the incredible Buddy Holly Educational Foundation) got the creative juices flowing and resulted in some new songs and co-writes.Read more about this event and see some concert footage of some of the outstanding writers / performers involved at https://www.solosongwriters.com/about-1/Although we have not yet committed anything to tape for a new album, we do want to let you know about 2 releases coming soon that we are involved in and for causes we are delighted to support;

1. In March we joined a number of fellow musicians to contribute vocals to a new version of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day.

The new arrangement having been done by Steve Nieve. This single is due for realise in the coming weeks, along with an accompanying video.This will be followed by the release of a triple album featuring over 40 artists,  and a concert in London, with all proceeds going towards Mental Health awareness.

More details at http://www.music-minds.co.uk and tickets for the October concert are available here.

2. Following our recent tour of Spain in January we were invited to contribute a song to an album that highlights the on-going plight of the people of Western SaharaThe song to be featured is not an MDC song but a remixed version of a song called  In Time, which originally appeared on Michaels 2010 solo album I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier.

This album will come out in July and features, amidst others Malcolm Holcombe, David Olney, Eleni Mandel and many more (see below).

More details to follow soon on actual album release date and where copies can be bought.


FEEDBACK

We love hearing from you, so please get back to us if there is anywhere you want to see us come and play.Also if anything you would like to see appear in the store. We have been meaning to get new T. shirts printed for a while now. Any takers??  And if so, what do want to see on them?We also have reduced a number of items in the MDC store, so please take a look and grab a bargain.

We have just a few of the Jacknife screen print posters left. We want them hanging on someones wall not sitting in our store cupboard so please order now!

 
We also now have some vinyl copies of How Do You Plead? and The Reconciliation back in stock, though we are down to the last box of each.


That’s all for now. Thanks everyone. Keep in touch and we will see you soon. Have a great summer.Yours,
Lou and Michael

10 May

Carlene Carter + My Darling Clementine

Just announced, Michael and Lou will be joining Carlene Carter (for her only UK appearance) in London in June.

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June 19th
London – Islington Assembly Hall

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Tickets are on sale now!

24 Mar

A March Update from MDC

Hi everyone

Hope you are all doing well, and saying farewell to winter.

A few things, both ‘on film’ and ‘on air’ for you to check out;


ON FILM

This performance of Yours Is The Cross i Still Bear was filmed post sound-check in Bilbao, back in January. It was the first night of the Spanish tour and it was raining cats and dogs outside. So we stayed in, by the bar.

Thanks to Edu and Txuma at Twobaskos for shooting this and their red light inspiration. Enjoy and share.

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 ON AIR

When were over in Belfast recently to play The Belfast- Nashville Songwriter Festival we called into see our dear friend, and one of the finest DJ’s anywhere, Mr. Ralph Mclean. You can hear us in session, in conversation and in cahoots with him on his show, Mcleans Country on BBC Radio Ulster via I-player until April 20th. Listen to the whole show. He always has an immaculate playlist.

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On April 15th, we will be co-hosting On The Beat with another friend of the band, Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside.

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Will also be playing live, so tune in if you can on the night. We are picking the tunes!

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 ON STAGE

Keep an eye on the gig pages. We are not really touring just now but we are out and about, here and there, off the beaten tracks, so come and find us.

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Thanks all.

Keep Testifying.

-Michael & Lou

 

 

10 Jan

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone  – lets indeed ‘hope it is a good one without any tears,’  Well, less than last year at any rate.
We hope you had a cool Yule and that Still Testifying found it’s was onto your hi-fi over the festive season.Here is what is coming up in the early part of the MDC year.


ON STAGE

Busy start to the new year in terms of touring. Spain, Holland, Belgium and shows here at home.

All of these will be duo shows.

We are also re-uniting with Mr. Mark Billingham for 3 performances of The Other Half* 

SPAIN
Thursday Jan 11th
Bilbao @ Kafe Antzokia

Friday Jan 12th
Pamplona @ Nebula

Saturday Jan 13th
San Sebastian Club 44 @ ATXERRI JAZZ BAR

Sunday Jan 14th
Barcelona – Living Room Concerts BCN

Tuesday Jan 16th
Nerja @ Casa Grande

Wednesday Jan 17th
Madrid Cafe @ Berlin

Thursday Jan 18th
Zaragoza @ Las Aramas

UK
Thursday Jan 25th
Cricklade @ The Old Stables (MWK solo)

Saturday Jan 27th
Bradford @ Black Dyke Mill

THE NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM
Wednesday Jan 31st
Heusden @ Roots In Heusden

Thursday Feb 1st
Oss @Paulus

Friday  Feb 2nd
Brussels @ Toogenblik

Saturday Feb 3rd
Hilvarenbeek, Tilburg @ ’T Podium

Sunday Feb 4th
Houten @ DassenakkerLIVE

Monday Feb 5th
Zuilen, Utrecht @ De Parel van Zuilen

Wednesday Feb 7th
Edam @ De Harmonie

UK
Friday Feb 16th
Goole* @ Junction  (MDC & Mark Billingham in THE OTHER HALF)

Saturday Feb 17th
Scarborough @ Woodend Theatre

Thursday Feb 22nd
Belper, Derby* @ Music & Arts (MDC & Mark Billingham in THE OTHER HALF)

Friday Feb 23rd
Rolleston, Newark* @ Rolleston Hall (MDC & Mark Billingham in THE OTHER HALF)

Saturday Feb 24th
Ropsley, Grantham @ Ropsley Hall

Friday March 9th
Belfast @ Belfast Nashville Songwriter Festival

Saturday March 24th
Broseley @ Birchmeadow Centre

Friday April 27th
Barrow upon Soar @ Humphrey Perkins Centre

Saturday April 28th
Thornton Hough @ Village Club

Details of all shows, more info about who is appearing with us, and how to get tickets can be found here.

Some of the UK shows are part of the UK Rural touring Network (they are the ones in places you wont have heard of!) but these are great nights, in very intimate and interesting venues, hosted by wonderful people, so do come along, even if it is a bit of a step into the unknown.


IN PRINT

We have been delighted with the ongoing reaction to the album. Great reviews continue to come in, even in November and December and it also made many “Best of 2017” year-end lists.

No Depression, RnR, Country Music People, Country Music Magazine, 3rd Coast Music – Texas, Three Chords and The Truth, Say It With Garage Flowers, are just some of the publications to put Still Testifying in their albums and songs of the year.

In the last 2-3 months also a number of interviews / articles ran in the press, maybe you saw them in magazines such as Country Music Magazine, RnR and Country Music People in the Uk, and various others in Holland, Germany and Scandinavia? Friends in Spain and Holland look out for Ruta 66 and Heaven magazine this month.

Here is an interview with Michael for the American magazine Goldmine discussing earliest influences;


ON SCREEN

Here are 2 recently filmed live recordings.

Both recorded for Bob Harris’s Under The Apple Tree sessions and his Whisperingbobtv channel.

The first clip features Al Gare on bass, Ian Sloan on pedal steel and one Mabel Dalgleish-King on recorder. Yes, we are keeping it in the family.

My Darling Clementine – ‘Friday Night, Tulip Hotel (Live at Warehouse) | UNDER THE APPLE TREE

My Darling Clementine – ‘King Of The Carnival’ | UNDER THE APPLE TREE

If you have not seen these already, please tale look, a listen and do share. Thanks.


ON AIR

Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2013, while promoting The Reconciliation, our interview and live session for “Art of the Song” is being  re-aired this week, January 8-14. You can listen either on the Standing ‘O’ homepage with a subscription or by signing up for a free 10-day, no credit card required trial. You can also listen to the show on one of the Art of the Song stations, or on the Art of the Song website from January 15-21.

We were obsessed with the TV show Breaking Bad at the time, so this was something of a pilgrimage.

 


ON DISC

There are no immediate plans  for us to return to the studio in the coming months but plans for a live album are being put into place. More on that to follow.

There a 3 upcoming compilation albums we are delighted to be part of – all fund raiser / awareness raisers for different causes.  As and when we have more news on release dates we will let you know. Some fine artists also involved in these projects too.

If there are specific recordings you would like us to do personally for you – maybe a song written especially, or a cover song that would love to hear us do, then do get in touch via the web site. Any proceeds from such requests will go towards future new recordings.


ON A SAD NOTE

We were very saddened to hear about the death of of the great Ivan Beavis over Christmas. A huge fan My Darling Clementine and a much appreciated sponsor and believer in our work over the past few years. 

He was also a huge supporter and fundraiser for The Morning Star newspaper and it was Ivan who asked Michael to curate the album We’re All In It Together. If you don’t already this really wonderful double, compilation album, then do go buy a copy now. You won’t be disappointed.

You can read a little more on Ivan here.

He will be sorely missed.


OK, that all the news that is fit to print for now. and as we always say, do stay in touch, especially via Facebook or Twitter for more immediate updates, news, new videos, and newly announced shows;
The Official Facebook page | My Darling Clementine on Twitter

Good luck everyone for the new year and we look forward to seeing you at show in the near future.

Peace, Love and Understanding to you all.

– Lou & Michael