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13 Jan

My Darling Clementine Concert Tickets / New MWK Solo Album

Dear friends,

Michael here.

Welcome to a new year, a new (short) newsletter, and a new album!

This is a succinct message to highlight three things;

1. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

Tickets are on sale now for all the upcoming shows between Feb and May.  PLEASE can I implore you, if you are planning on coming, that you book sooner rather than later. I appreciate that these are difficult and uncertain times, but none more so than for performers and promoters. Too many shows have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, it is vital that nothing else, such as low advance ticket sales, stops new ones going ahead.

Too many performers, and venues have given up due to the lack of work these past 2 years. Hopefully they will return as things get better but we need your support, now, more than ever, in coming out to see the shows.

Rest assured we do appreciate it, and that is why, we hope, you have never seen a bad MDC performance.

All shows are listed, with ticket links on our website. Head to the shows page to find the ticket link to the show closest to you.

 

2. A NEW ALBUM

During lockdown, but when able to travel, I spent some weeks in a remote studio in rural Mid Wales, making a ‘solo’ album. Yes, I know, many of you have been asking “when is the new MDC album coming out, an album with new MDC songs?”  It will, it will, we just need to have the right songs first, and both Lou and I felt this new batch were suited to one voice, not two.

The songs also are very personal and the process of writing and recording them has proved a cathartic experience for which I am grateful.

The opportunity to escape the house, to get away, to be creative certainly helped, to some extent, make up for the missed months of touring and playing live.

Called The Struggle, it will be released on April 1st by Cherry Red Records (and yes, that is Ronnie Lane’s birthday. It is no coincidence).

The album is now available to pre-order here.

3. Facebook

Those of you who follow both myself and MDC on Facebook will have noticed there has been a lack of activity on there recently. Sadly both our Facebook and Instagram accounts were hacked at the end of November. We are trying to resolve this as soon as possible. At the time of writing it looks like Instagram is back to normal but we are still working on re-establishing the Facebook pages.

To keep in touch on social media meanwhile please head over to Twitter and follow us on there, both my page @mwestonking and also the official MDC Twitter page @My_Darling_Clem

Thanks.

OK, that’s all for now. Told you it was brief.

Lou and I wish you all the very best for 2022, and look forward to seeing you at a show soon.

Yours,
Michael

06 Dec

December 2021 Christmas Show / Winter-Spring tours in UK, Europe and USA  / New Album

Hello everyone and welcome to the Winter newsletter.

We hope this finds you in good spirits and looking forward to an ‘uncancelled’ Christmas.

It was great to see so many of you at the recent shows in September and October. It was so good to be back on stage, and we had some fine nights. For those who weren’t able to get to a show here are 3 reviews.

My Darling Clementine – Kitchen Garden, Kings Heath, Birmingham (27th June 2021)

My Darling Clementine – Glasgow Americana Festival, CCA Glasgow (3rd October 2021)

My Darling Clementine – St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Long Compton, Warwickshire (9th October 2021)

 Photos by Steve Lavelle

Touring starts again properly for us in February and runs through to May with over 50 shows across the UK, Europe and N. America.

Head to our website for more information on all these upcoming shows.

There is though just one more show this year.

Sun Dec 12th – Birmingham
Kitchen Garden Cafe
[TICKETS]
A special one-off Christmas MDC show in Birmingham.


As we approach the season of giving, do check out the merch store.

For the loved one in your life, we have plenty of suitable ‘MDC Christmas presents’ over there including the beautiful enamel pin (made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of How Do You Plead?)  Only a few left now of these.


The Country Darkness album is still available on all formats;

CDCassette, and the stunning triple vinyl box set.

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

  

Also available again, just for December, we are offering you the chance to order some hand-written lyrics.  Simply tell us which song(s) you’d like,  who it is for, and we will hand-write, sign and add a special personal note at your request. Details here.


And now, excited to announce, some new music news. Michael’s new solo album “The Struggle”, his first in 10 years,  will be released in March by Cherry Red Records.

10 new songs written and recorded in splendid isolation in rural Mid Wales with the brilliant musician and engineer Clovis Phillips.

Special guests include Steve NieveJeb Loy Nichols and British jazz trombonist Barnaby Dickinson. And yes, Lou does feature on it, as does Mabel.

The album will be available to pre-order on December 22nd.

Here again is the opening song – Weight Of The World.

 


Ok, that’s all for now.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the show in Birmingham on Dec 12th, and to everyone else, to seeing you out on the road in the new year.

Keep well everyone, have a very happy Christmas and our best wishes for 2022.

Yours in music,
Lou and Michael

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.