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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu Sept 23rd – Oslo – Herr Nilsen
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)
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
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).
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
March 29 – April 19
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;
CD, Cassette, 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