My Darling Clementine

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01 Nov

New Shows Announced

Two new but very different shows have just been announced and are on sale now.

On Dec 4th Michael will join his son, the poet Oliver James Lomax, for an afternoon of poetry and song in the stunning surrounding of The Unitarian Chapel in Altrincham. Tickets here.

And then a week later, Michael and Lou play the final My Darling Clementine show of the year in Birmingham. This will also be something a little different, a special seasonal show, a celebration of “Clementine, Costello, Country and Christmas”

Tickets here.

15 Sep

My Darling Clementine newsletter – September 2021

Well hello everyone and welcome to the Autumn newsletter

We hope this finds you in good spirits and we hope too you have found some peace, some sun, and some music over the summer.

Autumn is traditionally touring time and it is with great relief, and a small amount of trepidation to be able to say, after the recent hiatus, it is once again.

We are excited to be getting back on the road, and for the next few weeks that means Norway, starting on Thursday in Trondheim, and then shows in England and Scotland, with the possibility of Spain in December.

All concerts for the next few weeks are listed below along with live ticket links. So you are just one click away from a date with us!

NORWAY

Thu Sept 16th – Trondheim – Moskus
Fri Sept 17th – Bodo – Dama Di
Sat Sept 18th – Tromso – Amtmandens
Tue Sept 21st – Hemnes – Songwriter workshop
Wed Sept 22nd – Hemnes – Kultursalen Bråte (tickets from kari@tamtam.no)
Thu Sept 23rd – Oslo – Herr Nilsen

UK

Sun Sept 26th – Twickenham – High Tide Festival
Thu Sept 30th – Durham – Old Cinema Laundrette
Fri Oct 1st – Thornton Hough – Village Club
Sun  Oct 3rd – Glasgow –  CCA (Glasgow Americana)
Sat Oct 9th – Long Compton – St Peter & St Paul Church 
Sat Oct 23 – Whitby – Music Port Festival
Sun Dec 12 – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe

 

Head to our website for more information on the upcoming shows, along with details of those on sale in 2022 (UK, Europe and the USA)

2022

UK

Thu Feb 3 – Selby – Town Hall
Fri Feb 4 – Settle – Victoria Hall
Sat Feb 5 – Emsworth – Chidham Village Hall
Sun Feb 6 – Shrewsbury – Henry Tudor House
Fri Feb 11 – Ravenshead – Village Hall 
Sat  Feb 12 – Milton Keynes – Stables  
Thu Feb 17 – Sheffield – Greystones

Europe 

Sat Feb 19th – Celle (D) – Kunst & Bühne
Sun Feb 20th – Bad Brambach (D) – Grenzland ‘Borderland’   
Tue Feb 22nd – Nuremburg (D) – Kantine@Künstlerhaus 
Fri Feb 25th – Brussels (NL) – Toogenblik 
Sat Feb 26th – Steinfeld (D) – Die Kleine Galerie
Thu March 3rd – Ottoland (NL) – Ottopop
Fri March 4th – Den Haag (NL) – Acoustic Alley
Sat March 5th – Grootschermer (NL) – Museum en Beeldentuin Nic Jonk  
Sun  March 6th – Houten (NL) – Dassenakker Live
Mon March 7th – Eindhoven (NL) – Meneer Frits
Tue March 8th – Leiden (NL) – QBus
Thu  March 10th – Homburg (D) – Mandy’s Lounge
Sat  March 12th – Koetz (D) – CWF-Koetz
Mon March 14th – Wesel (D) – JZ Karo (Jugendzentrum Karo).

UK

Thu Mar 17 – Shoreham – Ropetackle  
Fri Mar 18 – Wokingham – Music Club
Sat Mar 19 – Baulking – St Nicholas Church 
Fri Mar 25 – Halifax – Square Chapel Arts
Sat Mar 26 – Wigan – Old Courts

USA

March 29 – April 19

UK

Fri 29 April – Lintrathen – The Wee Bear
Sat 30 April – Broughty Ferry – Masonic Hall 

Thu 5 May – Deal – Astor Theatre


While you are on the site do check out the merchandise store.

For the loved one in your life, we have plenty of suitable ‘MDC Christmas presents’ over there including the stunning enamel pin (made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of How Do You Plead?)  The pin measures 1.5 inches tall x 2 inches wide, and is made of high-quality black metal and features two pin backs with brass clutches.  Only a few left so order now.
 

The Country Darkness album is still available on all formats;

CDCassette, and the stunning triple vinyl box set.

You can bundle these up too with the limited edition coffee mug.

  

We are also once again offering hand-written lyrics. So just tell us which song(s) you’d like, and who it is for, and we will hand-write, sign and add a special personal note at your request. Details here.

Happy shopping everyone. OK, commercial over.


Although we were just in ‘acoustic mode’ we had a grand time at The Maverick Festival, with our new feathered friend.

A joy to see so many musician friends on stage and many familiar faces in the crowd after such a long time away. Kudos to Paul Spencer, James Partridge and all the Maverick crew and staff for making it happen this year.

The love of everyone there was palpable.

Thanks also to all who came to the Saturday night tribute to the much missed Craig Pickering. He would have loved it.

 


Thanks for the positive feedback to the recent brand new MWK song Weight Of The World.

You can listen again, and also download an alternative  “Ghostwriter” re- mix of the song via the Bandcamp page.
Michael has been hard at work finishing the album. It is now at the mastering stage, and more details will follow soon about its release early in the new year. The title of the album is ‘The Struggle’.

Something that is out much sooner, next week in fact, is The Wanderer, and it is something we are very keen to bring to your attention –  a tribute album curated by Michael. More details below:

The Wanderer – A Tribute to Jackie Leven, out 17th September

‘The Wanderer – A Tribute to Jackie Leven’, a tribute record which sees 22 specially recorded new tracks featuring friends and fans and some big names including Eliza Carthy, Ralph McTell, Tom Robinson & Ian Rankin, will be released digitally and on CD on September 17th. It will also be available on vinyl in 2022.

Each artist has contributed sleevenotes detailing their experiences of knowing and working with Jackie and why they wanted to contribute to this tribute album. Proceeds from this album will benefit the Westminster Drug Project (WDP) a charity that continues the work of Jackie’s own charity, The CORE Trust.

Order now here.

It really is a stunning album and we strongly recommend you order a copy. Money to a very worthy cause too.

Ok, that’s all for now. We need to go and pack our bags, check there are spare strings in the guitar case, and fresh flowers in Lou’s suitcase,  and get back to what we like doing best. “Entertaining folks”

Excited to see you all. Keep well everyone.

Yours in music,
Lou and Michael

28 Jul

Autumn Shows & New Festivals

Hi everyone

We hope you are all doing well and summer is being good to you

As things start to open up again we are delighted to announce some more shows for the Autumn and two new festival appearances.

The newly added festivals are;

Sat Sept 4th
Maverick Festival – Easton Farm, Suffolk
https://maverickfestival.co.uk

Sun Sept 26th
High Tide Festival  – Twickenham
https://www.eelpierecords.com

We will be touring in Norway in Setpember and more shows are being added all the time.

Head to the shows page for full details of all upcoming shows this Autumn.

2022 dates will be announced in September.

To receive regular updates on all newly added shows, please visit the contact page and add email address.

03 May

April 2021 Newsletter: Back on Board

Hi everyone

We do hope that you are all doing ok. That you have made it through our winter of discontent and feeling a little better about Spring being here and things slowly starting to open up again.

And we hope, and expect, that this extends to our live venues too.


ON STAGE

So, with that in mind we are pleased to announce a few shows for the summer and Autumn.

Like all working musicians we have been devastated that we have not been able to tour since March 2020, to not be able to play for you in person. This is by far the longest we have gone between shows since we started My Darling Clementine and we can’t wait to get back on the boards.

We have 3 shows the first weekend that lockdown is eased and are hoping we see as many of you as possible.

And then shows in Norway, Sweden and more in the UK in September and October.

Dates as follows:

UK

Fri June 25th – Long Compton, near Stratford – Long Compton Church
(for tickets email Steve Lavelle steveplavelle@googlemail.com)
Sat June 26th – Bury – The Met (FULL BAND SHOW)
Sun June 27th – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe

Scandinavia Sept 2021

Thu Sept 16th – Trondheim (NO) – Moskus
Fri Sept 17th – Bodo (NO) – Dama Di
Sat Sept 18th – Tromso (NO) – Amtmandens
Tue Sept 21st – Malmo (SE) – Folk å Rock
Thu Sept 23rd – Oslo (NO) – Herr Nilsen
Fri Sept 24th – Halden (NO) – venue tbc
Sat Sep 25th – K’sand (NO) – Vaktbua

UK

Thu Sept 30th – Durham – Old Cinema Laundrette
Fri Oct 1st – Thornton Hough – T.H.Village Club
Sat Oct 23 – Whitby – Music Port Festival

As for 2022, shows that should have happened in 2020 and 2021 in Europe and the US are also being re-scheduled.

More news to follow with more to be announced but this is how they look right now:
Europe March 2022 

Sat Feb 19th – Celle (D) – Kunst & Bühne
Sun Feb 20th – Bad Brambach (D) – Grenzland ‘Borderland’ Eiscafe
Tue Feb 22nd  – Nuremburg (D) – Kantine@Künstlerhaus
Sat Feb 26th – Steinfeld (D) – Die Kleine Galerie
Thu March 3rd – Ottoland (NL) – Ottopop
Fri March 4th – Den Haag (NL) – Acoustic Alley
Sat March 5th – Grootschermer (NL – Museum en Beeldentuin Nic Jonk
Sun March 6th – Houten (NL) – Dassenakker Live
Mon March 7th – Eindhoven (NL) – Meneer Frits
Sat March 12th – Koetz (D) – CWF-Koetz
Mon March 14th – Wesel (D) – JZ Karo / Jugendzentrum Karo

USA 2022

Thu Mar 31 – Wheeling, WV – The Bridge Tavern
Fri April 1 – Rochester, NY – RicMon concert
Sun April 3 – Tamworth NH – The Farmstand
Wed April 6 – Cambridge NY – Argyle Tavern
Fri April 8 – Bethlehem (PA) – Godfrey Daniel
Fri April 15 – Detroit , MI – Trinity House
Sat April 16 – Chicago, IL – Black Dog Concert Series
*more dates TBA

This is us in 2017 on our way to a show in Ithaca, New York in those days when we were free to roam. Taken at Taughannock Creek:


IN STORE

Thanks for your support via the web site store over the past 12 months. Your orders of albums, and MDC merchandise has really helped keep things ticking over. We now have something brand new for 2021, something special and unique — a limited edition, handmade American pin badge.

It is 10 years since How Do You Plead?, our debut album was released. To celebrate it being a decade old, the iconic ‘waiting room’ album-cover image has been re-designed by Mary and Michael Olson at PizzaWednesday.

This stunning enamel pin measures 1.5 inches tall x 2 inches wide, and is made of high-quality black metal and features two pin backs with brass clutches. Only 50 are available so order now here.

Other pins in Mary and Michael Olson’s collection include Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and our old friend Jim Lauderdale. Check them out here.


COUNTRY DARKNESS – The Album

Despite coming out in November, the album continues to be written about. It has been getting some love in the Southern Hemisphere recently with this feature in Australian magazine Rhythms.
(Click to read article)

We thank all of you who have bought and enjoyed the album.

If you are still yet to hear it, streaming and buying options are here or via Amazon.

OR order it from the official My Darling Clementine web site to bundle up with vinyl, posters, coffee mugs, dvd’s or even the brand new CASSETTE.

As ever all items will be signed and personalised as requested.


WHAT’S NEXT

Well, our priority is getting back on the road and doing what we love most, playing live.

But thoughts are also turning to future releases with new songs being written all the time.

We have also have been working away separately too, on individual solo projects. More news to follow on these but get ready for some of ‘her without him’ and vice versa.

Meanwhile, we look forward to  seeing some of you in June and some later in the year.  Don’t forget, drop a line via the web site if you would like a show in your area, or even a private house concert.

Keep well, keep smiling.

Yours in music,
Lou and Michael

02 Mar

European and US Tours Rescheduled

Dear friends, once again, the MDC tour schedule is having to be changed. Our sincere apologies for this but overseas travel to Europe and America is sadly still not possible at the moment

The European and US tours are being moved back 12 months to March and April 2022 respectively.

We do though however have some UK shows on sale which take place as soon as full lockdown ends and we really look forward to seeing you there

Head over to the shows page for full details.

Friends in Scandinavia, the postponed tour from last year we are planning now for September.

More details to follow

Thanks everyone, keep well, stay safe and see you soon.

M & L