My Darling Clementine

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03 Apr

Album Release / Tour Dates / New Video

Welcome all, to the Spring newsletter.

When its spring again,
I’ll bring again
Tulips from ……….
– Max Bygraves

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire.
– T S Eliot


33 and a 1/3 RPM;

We are thrilled to announce that the new album, “Still Testifying” will be released on June 2nd by CRS /  Continental Record Services.

It was recorded in London last year, between May and September, and produced by Neil Brockbank, who worked with us on How Do You Plead?  It features the core of the brilliant MDC live band (Martin Belmont, Neil Bullock, Alan Cook, Kevin Foster, Liam Grundy) plus many other amazing guest musicians.

As a taster for the album, and ahead of the North American tour starting on Friday,  here is a Stateside themed video, shot in Oregon and Washington State for the song Eugene.

Pre-order the album now and get a free download of this song from CRS.

Those of you have already pre-ordered via the MDC web site, your copies of the album will be with you by mid-late May.


DANCEHALL – America; 

It has been too long a spell without any shows –  the last one being back in October, so, it is an understatement to say we are looking forward to getting back out on the road.

Firstly…  starting next week, 16 shows in America and Canada. Some of these will be with friends and kindred spirits in the shape of Dale Watson & Ray Benson in New York, Johnny Dowd in Ithaca, & The Rizdales in London, Ont.


DANCEHALL – UK

… then back home,  touring from May onwards. A mix of acoustic and full band shows. We are really looking forward to playing these new songs live for you.

Tickets are now on sale for all UK concerts.

Early bird tickets are available for the album launch on Wednesday 7th June. These are very limited so early booking is advised.

Friends, we really need your support at ALL of these shows. It is tough out there, with so many acts on the road, all trying our best make a living in the face of declining album sales so PLEASE, do book early and spread the word when and where you can.

You know a great night is always delivered when MDC get on stage, so bring along a friend or 2. Have them converted to the “church of heartache”

In between the US and UK tours there will be 2 MWK solo shows.

Friday 28th April – Otley, Korks
Michael Weston King – “The Songs of Townes Van Zandt & Jackie Leven”

Thursday 4th May – Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe 
Michael Weston King – “My Back Pages”

More info here.


SHOP AROUND

With the imminent arrival of the new My Darling Clementine album we are making some space here in the stock room. So, please check out these offers;

An MWK bargain bundle – CD/DVD/BOOK/A2 poster. 60% discount.

Also, just a few of these DVDs left. Contains all the promo videos to date plus a selection of live footage recorded in the UK and Europe.

As they used to say in all the worst commercials, “HURRY NOW WHILE STOCKS LAST!”


READ ALL ABOUT IT

An interesting article about the state of “country” music in Europe, however we define country music. It is worth a read, and we get a name-check.


REGARDS THE END

Some very sad news reached us in February, when we heard of the passing, on Feb 12th, of Robert Fisher. Robert was a friend, an ally, a collaborator.  A man for whom music was a vocation and who lived and loved his life accordingly. Here is a recent post describing our friendship.

With his band Willard Grant Conspiracy,  he left behind an incredible body of work. For those not familiar, here is a fine article, and a playlist, to get you started.


OK, that all the news that is fit to print for now. Do stay in touch, especially via Facebook or Twitter. We will be posting our on-the-road adventures up there, so come and join us.

The Official Facebook page.
MDC on Twitter.

Thanks all.

Keep testifying.

Yours in music,
Michael & Lou

26 Jan

What’s Another Year?

Hello friends

Our best to you for 2017 and to quote the ‘great’ Johnny Logan (Google him!), “What’s another year?” Well, lets hope, in many ways, it as a vast improvement on the last one. 

One thing you can be assured of is that our new album is on it’s way. At last! Those of you who saw the shows in October will have heard some of the new songs, and we are really excited to share them with you all.

We are closing in on the final draft of the new album art work. There are just under 2 weeks left before it is signed off so, if any of you still wish to be part of the album, by pledging towards it and in doing so, have your name, or that of loved one credited on the sleeve,  just click here to do so. THANK YOU.

There are free concert tickets too for all who get involved and everyone who does will also go into a draw for a free house concert. Yes, MDC in your living room!

While on tour in Holland in October we did a photo session for the album with the renowned Dutch photographer Marco Bakker. You can see one of his shots at the top of the website, and here is Marco in action.

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From Massachusetts to North Yorkshire

Two videos clips we thought you may enjoy,  from a couple of live shows last year

1 – Recorded in Natick, Massachusetts, when opening for Graham Parker:
Our Race Is Run

2 – Recorded at the Harrogate Festival, North Yorkshire,  in the fine surrounds of The Spiegeltent Also features a very special guest:
Shallow


DANCEHALL

The first shows of the new year will be in America. We are back on the east coast plus shows in and around Chicago – the first time for MDC in Illinois and Michigan.

Meanwhile back home, these shows are confirmed. Yes we know, ALL but one in the north but more are being added right now.

Thursday 11th May – Sheffield
Friday 12th May – Durham
Friday 2nd June – Euston, Suffolk
Saturday  3rd June – Liverpool
Thursday  29th June – Dundee
Friday  30th June – Edinburgh
Saturday 1st  July – Carlisle 

Stayed tuned, especially via Facebook or Twitter for immediate updates on newly announced shows, while full details of all shows can be found here.

If you want us to come and play a show in your town or city, or at a venue you really like OR even come a play a show JUST for you, then send a message via the website.


SILVER SCREEN

So far we have made 2 videos for songs from the new album, and the shooting of a 3rd gets underway in 2 weeks time. We will start to share these with everyone very soon. Meanwhile here a couple of stills from one of them:

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mdc - 'nothing..'2.8


JANUARY SALES

Prices have been kept low in the MDC emporium until the end of the month, so, if you need that perfect something to brighten up a dark January, click here.

Two items to bring to your attention:

Michael Weston King Guitar String Bracelet

The good people at Basement Tapes design very stylish bracelets incorporating used guitar strings. If you want a little bit of MDC/MWK around your wrist, check this out. Vintage brass clasp and warm 1970’s brown leather. Something that certainly would have been worn by the main character in I No Longer Take Pride… before his downfall!

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 Handpicked CD

Copies are also now available of the MWK compilation CD Handpicked.

Michael Weston King - Handpicked

It was released to tie-in with the European solo tour last November/December. 13 songs taken from 13 different albums from over the past 20 years . You can order via the MDC site or the MWK site. The album includes 3 My Darling Clementine songs, and all are signed and personalised.


DEPARTURE LOUNGE

A message to members old and new, and those yet to join, we are now taking membership for 2017. 

Just some of things DL members have received in the past include; 

– Private demos of brand new songs

– Signed photos and art prints  – a number of which only available by being a member

– Free CDs

– Backstage passes to MDC shows

With the new album coming too, there will be lots of new merch (shirts, posters etc) –  some of this will also find it’s way into future members packs, plus there will be discounts too on MDC products; 

Click here for more info.


We look forward to seeing you at a forthcoming show, or drop us a line. We love hearing from you with any feedback on songs, shows etc.

Keep testifying.

Yours in music,
Michael & Lou

01 Oct

October News! Upcoming Shows / New Album

Dear all,

Two brief pieces of October news

We have been overwhelmed by how far folks have been travelling to come and see aMy Darling Clementine show over the past couple of years. We try to be on the road as much as we can but sometimes we just can’t get everywhere,  and certainly not with the a whole band in tow, so we really do appreciate you making the effort to come to us.

Now, this October, we are doing 2 full-band shows which we are very excited about.  One is in London and one is in Birmingham so, again, unless you live local you will need to make a something of journey.  BUT IT WILL BE WORTH YOUR EFFORTS.  We will be show-casing brand new material from the forthcoming album as well as lots of songs from the back catalogue.  Anything you want to hear? Just let us know and we will do out best to include it.

The band line-up is the stellar collection of Martin Belmont, Neil Bullock, Alan Cook, Kevin Foster & Liam Grundy. There may even be some surprise guests too!

If anyone needs suggestions of places to stay in Birmingham, just ask. Everyone needs a wild night out in Birmingham once in a while… Get your tickets here.


We are delighted to announce the new album, “STILL TESTIFYING” is now completed and we are thrilled with how it has turned out. We hope, and think, you will be too.

Even with the recording finished there are still videos to be made, sleeves to be designed etc, etc,  so any additional income from friends, fans and supporters will be a huge help and go towards funding these.

If you have not yet become part of the project, and would like to do so, there is still time. Time to have your name within the credits, time to order your personalised advanced signed copy,  time to pre-order the album

There are free concert tickets too for all who get involved and you will also go into a draw for a free house concert. Yes, MDC in your living room. So just click here and be a part of it.


Thanks for your support, and see you at show soon….. in  London & Birmingham or in Germany, The Netherlands & Switzerland.

– Michael & Lou

29 Sep

Be part of the new My Darling Clementine album!

new-album-2017Well folks, the new album is done and we are thrilled with how it has turned out. We hope and think you will be too.

Even with the recording finished there are still videos to be made, sleeves to be designed etc so any additional income from friends, fans and supporters will be a huge help and go towards funding these.

If you have not yet become part of the project yet, and would like to do so, there is still time. Time to have your name within the credits, time to get your advanced signed copy time pre-order signed copies. 

There are free concert tickets too for all who get involved and you will also go into a draw for a free house concert. Yes, MDC in your living room. So just click here and be a part of it. 

Thanks for your support,
Michael & Lou

04 Sep

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Hello friends

Welcome to the autumn 2016 newsletter. We hope the summer has treated you well. Here’s what’s going on and what’s coming up.

DANCEHALL

Back out on the road this autumn and delighted to be so. We have been holed up in the studio for most of the summer making the new album, which has meant a pretty quiet time in terms of live shows. So, it’s about time we got back out there again. Coming up are;

SIX duo shows in Scotland (including 2 performances of The Other Half with Mark Billingham)

TWO 4 piece band shows, in Biddulph and Harrogate

TWO 7 piece band shows, in Birmingham and London. Yes, full band shows, the full team re-assembled, just as they have been in the studio this summer

Tickets are selling very fast for these shows so we recommend you get them sooner rather than later.

All shows will feature some of the brand new songs from the forthcoming album and we are really looking forward to you hearing them.

Here are the UK dates, with more to follow in Europe in October and November. All shows are listed on our website.

My Darling Clementine (duo) 

My Darling Clementine and Mark Billingham present “The Other Half”

My Darling Clementine (4 piece)

My Darling Clementine (full band)

  • Thursday 13th October –  Birmingham –
    Hare & Hounds
  • Friday 14th October – London (Wimbledon) – The Old Rutlishians’ Club (To reserve tickets (£15) e-mail Mike Stallard on rstallard@btinternet.com)

IN PRINT AND ON SCREEN

 Here are a few things we thought you may like to take a look at;

– My Darling Clementine filmed earlier in the year while on tour with Graham Parker in the USA. This from Natick, Mass. [WATCH]

– A feature / preview of the upcoming shows and the making of the new album. From the webzine Blabber’n’Smoke.

– A fine review of The Other Half, from the London show in June:

review

SHOP AROUND

If you haven’t bought a copy of The Other Half on cd yet, or are still to get some MDC vinyl in your collection, head over to the store now.  There are still a few copies left of both the Record Store Day 10 inch vinyl EP’s, and beautiful things they are too:

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We are also having a sale at the moment. Some bargains too be had, with up to a 50% reduction on all posters. Such as this.

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THE THIRD AND FINAL TESTAMENT

There is still time to be a part of the brand new album if you wish to do so. Still time to have your name on the sleeve or to get your copy weeks ahead of everyone else.

If you are able to contribute £100 or more to the project, your name will be credited on the album. You will also, of course, receive an advance signed copy. 

We will also offer you up to a max of 4 free tickets for any show of your choice over the next 12 months.

If you can contribute £30 or more, you will receive a signed copy of the album ahead of release date.

We will also offer you up to a max of 2 free tickets for any show of your choice over the next 12 months.

Any smaller contributions are, of course, much appreciated and will be gratefully acknowledged.

Payments can be made via https://www.paypal.com/  to the MWK Music account – mwk1@blueyonder.co.uk 

Please add your name and address when making the donation so we can be sure to make our personal thanks to you.

LIKE & FOLLOW

If not doing so already, as James Brown said  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE head over to Facebook and Twitter and go like / follow us. Lots of things get posted on there that don’t make the official web site or newsletters.

It’s the best way to keep keep in touch and to get the latest news on all things happing with My Darling Clementine. Bring your friends too! 

The Official Facebook page
MDC on Twitter

Thanks everyone, see you at a show this Autumn, or out in cyber space somewhere. And stay tuned…………. the brand new album is not far away now!

– Michael & Lou