My Darling Clementine


18 Feb

BBC Scotland: The Quay Sessions

My Darling Clementine performing songs from their new EP ‘Country Darkness Vol. 1’ (interpreting the songs of Elvis Costello) and from their back catalogue.


Set features;
‘Going Back To Memphis’
‘Our Race Is Run’
‘I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came’
‘Stranger In The House’
‘100,000 Words’

16 Dec

December Newsletter

Hi everyone

One final newsletter for the year

This was written before the election result so we hope this finds you hopeful and optimistic for the future, and to quote Bob Dylan, that “things have changed.”


Just 3 remaining shows for 2019.  Come and join us – we are going to be sharing the ‘Country Darkness’ in these fine establishments:

Tues Dec 17 – Hebden Bridge
Trades Club (full band)

Weds Dec 18 – Biddulph
St Lawrence’s Church (full band)

Sunday Dec 22 – Birmingham*
Kitchen Garden Cafe (with guests)

These are going to be great nights and will also include a special ‘set within the set’ featuring some of the Costello country songs featured on the new EP

If you have not booked yet, do it now, tickets selling fast.  In Birmingham there are less than 6 tickets left so please book immediately if you are planning on coming on the 22nd.


Thanks to everyone who has bought COUNTRY DARKNESS Vol.1  and for those who have asked, yes, we are working on Vol 2 right now, hoping for it to be ready for release in February.

If you have still not heard COUNTRY DARKNESS Vol.1 yet, it is available across all digital platforms.  Listen here.

And for the vinyl junkies out there it is available on limited 12 inch vinyl.

You can order via our website or on Amazon.

Can we ask that you also go leave a review on the Amazon page.  Thanks.


Those of you who also follow our individual solo careers, there are some older albums now back in stock on Michael’s website, including the hugely acclaimed album “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier.”



Thanks also for the great feedback you have sent us. Kind words too from the press and radio.

“I can’t think of any act more appropriate to reappraise the extensive EC songbook”
– Lonesome Highway 

“My Darling Clementine and the country songs of Elvis Costello are a match made in heaven.”
– The Alternate Root

“Absolute greatness – treasure these songs”
– Country Music People   ****4/5

“This is deep cut territory. A perfect vehicle for the duo’s trademark duetting”
– Blabber ’n’ Smoke

“I hope this is an idea to which they return, Nieve’s piano is exemplary” 
– Cover Me Songs *****5/5

“Hands down the best ever cover of Stranger In The House”
– Folk Radio UK

Also check out with the current issue of HiFi+ magazine and the website Say It With Garage Flowers to read a couple of interviews with Michael about the collaboration with Steve, future recordings and on MDC plans for next year.



We are delighted to unveil a new video, our first with the film maker and director Pete Riley aka ‘Rile’ and filmed, rather fittingly, at home. So, for a snapshot of our “domestic bliss”, then go take a look at Stranger In The House on YouTube.

Feel free to share also. Thanks.

The video for the song Heart Shaped Bruise is still streaming now.  If you have not seen it yet, go take a look. Filmed in the county of West Yorkshire, at Oakworth railway station.

Quiz question. Which iconic English film was made there 50 years ago?  Prize to the first correct answer via our contact page.


Finally we’d like to thank you all for your support, for continuing to buy our music and coming to see the shows.

Please keep in touch with us via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

We will see you either next week, or next year but for now, we wish you a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year, and we mean happy.

– Lou & Michael

31 Oct

Hebden Bridge – Rescheduled

Due to the election now taking place on December 12th the My Darling Clementine show that night at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club has been moved to the 17th

Tickets already bought are still valid of course

We hope those who bought can still make it and if you have not got your tickets yet, here’s the new ticket link.

This is a full band show and poet Oliver James Lomax has also been added to the bill so get there early.

19 Sep

Clementine sing Costello – New Music / New EP / New Shows

Dear friends,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and having enjoyed a good Summer.

Despite the uncertain climate,  both politically and atmospherically here’s to a good Autumn for us all.

So here is what’s been happening and what is happening in the coming weeks…


We are thrilled to be able to share some new music with you.

‘Country Darkness Vol.1’,  our first new recordings for 2 years, will be officially released on October 18th by Fretsore Records and is…

The 4-track set is comprised of our re-interpretation of the country and country-soul songs of Elvis Costello,  in collaboration with the great Steve Nieve.
The recordings also feature Colin Elliott, Shez Sheridan and Dean Beresford (from the Richard Hawley band) with whom we made our 2nd album ‘The Reconciliation
‘Country Darkness Vol.1’ was produced by Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker, Duane Eddy) and MWK, and will be available on 12” inch vinyl including a free download code.  As always, it comes with stunning artwork by Jared Swafford, who has designed all previous MDC sleeves.

All pre-ordered copies will be signed and personalised.

You can read a little more about the EP and our thoughts on it, over at
New EP - A4 - OCT 11




A new record means a new video (or even two)  So, here are a few stills from our forthcoming video for the song Heart Shaped Bruise.

It was filmed in the Yorkshire village of Oakworth (yes, The Railway Children, that Oakworth!)

We once again worked with director Nick Small, who made the videos for No Heart In This Heartache and Going Back To Memphis. It will be on-line in early October.

As you can see, it features a very special “extra”

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As ever, thanks to everyone who come to see us over the summer, at our shows and festival appearances in Spain, Norway, and across the UK.

Here are a few photos from Belladrum Festival in The Highlands of Scotland in early August (thanks George Mackie).

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We also filmed 3 songs while we were there, for BBC Alba / BBC Scotland, which you should be able to find on the BBC iPlayer or on BBC Alba generally.

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We are busy in the studio for most of September, though we are escaping to play just one show, in Stafford:

Sat Sept 21
Eccleshall, Stafford – The Royal Oak

This will be an intimate, acoustic show that will see us trying out some new songs, showcasing a song or two from the forthcoming Country Darkness EP, paying a few requests we have had sent through recently, as well as some of our favourite choices from the back catalogue. Really looking forward to it, it’s going to be a chilled and varied night.

We will be back out touring again fully around Europe in October and November:

New EP - FB - 10 SEPT

We are also playing a few select full band shows in the UK in December to celebrate the release of the new EP.

The upcoming UK shows are as follows:

Thurs Dec 12
Hebden Bridge – Trades Club

Weds Dec 18
Biddulph, Stoke – St Lawrence’s Church

Sunday Dec 22
Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe

A London show will also be announced in the coming weeks.

Details of all shows, home and away, can be found on our website.

And don’t forget, if you want to see an MDC show near you, just let us know. Suggest a venue, or local promoter or even think about hosting it yourself? Send a message via the website or just email to; and we’ll get in touch and work something out.


We were very saddened by the passing in recent weeks of  Donnie Fritts, Neal Casal  and Daniel Johnston. All 3 very different from each other musically but all were much admired in our house.

Donnie’s song We Had It All  has been slated for MDC to cover for a long time and maybe now is the time!

Neal was someone we had toured with and been label mates with in the past and Daniel was just someone we admired from a distance.

There are posts about all these gentlemen on Michael’s personal Facebook page:

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Anything you want to ask about, we love hearing from you, so do send us a message via the website.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media, too. Please go and  ‘like’, ‘follow’, ‘share’  etc.

We have a brand new ‘official My Darling Clementine’ Instagram page now, so for photos new and old, ones that are pretty cool and one that are down right embarrassing, this is where you will find them.

Feel free to give us a follow to see what we’ve been up to as we share the further news on our upcoming release Country Darkness.

Thanks for staying in touch. It’s good to talk.

See you soon,
Lou & Michael

02 May

Spring Newsletter

Happy springtime everyone. Welcome to the Nags Head.

IMG_7304Photo: Muriel Teodori

We hope things are good with you all, and despite a world of turmoil out there, you are finding some peace and contentment and musical fulfilment.

Firstly, and once again, a huge thanks to everyone of you who has come out to see the shows so far this year.

Here are a couple of reviews from earlier in the year, in Glasgow and Oslo;

My Darling Clementine – Oran Mor – Celtic Connections Festival

My Darling Clementine, Interstate 19, Oslo:

“Prior to the festival, I knew nothing about the British duo My Darling Clementine other than having heard their name, but I understood that they are among the UK’s foremost country performers.

The band is a project for the couple Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish. Weston King, I know well as both a solo artist and leader of the band The Good Sons – a musical melting pot reminiscent of Clive Gregson (from the legendary Stiff Records band Any Trouble) and, for that matter, more recent Nick Lowe. Dalgleish has, amongst other things, played with Bryan Ferry, and The Brodsky Quartet. Together, they are both a great country duo and a comedy double-act – with a quite brilliant band behind them.

I realise now that I have to listen to the three albums of My Darling Clementine, based on the fact that they played a number of brilliant songs such as “Friday Night, Tulip Hotel”, “Since I Fell For You”, the Tom T. Hall Tribute “Going Back To Memphis”, and offered an alternative view of abusive relationships to Tammy Wynette in the shape of “No Matter What Tammy Said (I Won’t Stand By Him).

This is, simply, an excellent example of the great art of songwriting, and it was amazing to see them live.”

Full, original text (in Norsk) and some photos of the festival can be found here.

We also had a fine time in Bilbao and San Sebastian recently performing in support of the ‘Singing Through The Wall’ album.  Here are a few photos from the weekend. Thanks also to the fine musicians of the Martha Fields Band for joining us on stage too for King of The Carnival, 100,000 Words and In Time (the song that features on the Singing Through The Wall’ album) Here is IN TIME live in Bilbao.

For more information about the Songs for Western Sahara project and how to buy what is an excellent album, click here.

From the Basque country we went directly to High Wycombe to play The Ramblin Roots Revue. Given our tired state, it was good to see so many familiar faces there. Thanks also to Murdo Mackenzie for taking over the drum stool at short notice. Well played, Murdo.

Photos by Dom Brosnan

Next up, in May, we return to two of our favourite venues. The Back Box at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast and The Met in Bury. Both of these shows are with the band and we will be joined by the brilliant poet Oliver Lomax once again in Bury.In June we are delighted to be going back to Acapela in Cardiff (we had a great time there last summer) before heading back over to Spain for 6 shows including an appearance at the first ever Madrid Americana concert series.Full details about all the shows confirmed so far, both home and abroad, please go



We are delighted to announce work on the new album has started. It is to be called Country Darkness and will be our intrepretation for duet, of the country and country soul songs of Elvis Costello. As many of you know EC has been a big influence musically on both of us.
Photo 1: Muriel Teodori
Pre-production began last month in France with one of EC’s longest standing collaborators, the great Steve Nieve on piano and as musical director.  Recording is due to start in June.We will be playing some of the selected Costello songs live very soon, starting at the shows in May.


We recently discovered a box of our 2016 Records Store Day release The Riverbend EP. We thought this was totally sold out but there are now 15 remaining. If you want to grab a copy then head to our store and order.


We were both very sad to hear of the passing of the great Scott Walker. Both of us were huge fans of the man.

Scott  was not known for his association with country music, although he did make a couple of country albums in the early 70’s,  “Stretch”, and “We Had It All”, where he showed his usual exemplary taste in the songs he chose to cover, including the great Tom T Hall song “That’s How I Got To Memphis” (the inspiration for our own “Going Back To Memphis”) and the Donnie Fritts / Troy Seals song “We Had It All”, another of our favourites, and a song we have also covered on occasion.

Here though is a song from long BEFORE My Darling Clementine – MWK’s cover version of Scots song Big Louise (obviously!)

This track originally appears on the album Love’s a Cover.


Anything you want to ask about, we love hearing from you, so do send us a message via the website’t forget to follow us on social media, too. Please go and  ‘like’, ‘follow’, ‘share’  etc.
Things appear on there that don’t appear on the web site or in the quarterly newslettersThis live video appeared on-line recently and has just been shared via the MDC pages; 100,000 Words live at the CCA Glasgow Nov 2017.

Thanks everyone. We look forward to seeing you at a show soon, and keep in touch.
Our love, and respect,
Lou & Michael