My Darling Clementine

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17 Dec

Country Darkness, Christmas Lights

Hi everyone,

As 2020 draws to an end, a year we will all be glad to see the back of,  just a final letter from us to wish you all well for Christmas and especially for 2021.

Also, we want to sincerely thank you for your support this year.  Not just in buying the album, the EPs, merchandise etc but also for your messages, your emails, your online comments. They inspire and encourage, and when things are as tough as they have been this year, make us want to keep going.

We are devastated we have not been able to tour since March, to 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. We have every intention of making up for it in 2021.

This is how the first half looks so far:


Sat Feb 6 – Bury – The Met
Sun Feb 7 – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe
Sat  Feb 13 – Broughty Ferry – Masonic Hall
Sun Feb 14 – Inverness – Eden Court Theatre
Thu Mar 25 – Durham – Old Cinema Laundrette
Fri May 7 – Thornton Hough, Village Club


Thu Mar 4 – Essen (D) – Jubb Werden
Fri  Mar 5 – Celle (D) – Kunst & Bühne
Sat Mar 6 – Ottoland (NL) – Ottopop
Sun Mar 7 – Houten (NL) – Dassenaker Live
Tue Mar 9 – Kirkel (D) – BZK
Wed Mar 10 – Wehrheim Obernhain (D) – Limes Concert
Thu Mar 11 – Koetz (D) – Country & Western Friends Koetz (TBC)
Fri Mar 12 – Bad Brambach (D) – Grenzland ‘Borderland’ Eiscafe
Sat Mar 13 – Oederan (D) – Haus am Kleinerzgebirge
Sun Mar 14 – Grootschermer (NL) – Museum en Beeldentuin Nic Jonk
Thu Mar 18 – Heppenheim (D) Vitos Heppenheim Cafe (afternoon show 2.30pm)
Fri Mar 19 – Den Haag (NL) – Acoustic Alley
Mon Mar 22 – Wesel (D) – Jugendzentrum Karo 


Thu April 1 – Wheeling, WV – The Bridge Tavern
Fri April 2 – Rochester, NY – RicMon concert Rick Simpson
Sat April 3  – Hemlock, NY – Little Lakes Community Center
Sun April 4 – Tamworth NH – The Farmstand 
Tue April 6 – Cambridge, MA – Lizard Lounge (TBC)
Wed April 7 – Cambridge, NY – Argyle Tavern
Thu April 8 – Galway, NY – The Cock ’n Bull
Fri April 9 – Bethlehem, PA – Godfrey Daniels
Sat  April 10 – Linden NJ – Mollys Concert Series
Fri  April 16 – Detroit , MI – Trinity House
Sat April 17 – Chicago, IL – Black Dog Concert Series
Sun April 18 – Pomeroy, IA – Byrons

Just a further update on the album, which is currently in the Euro Americana Chart, after charting also in the UK Americana Chart the week it was released.

The album continues to receive plenty of airplay. You may heard tracks in the past week on Bob Harris, Janice Long & Ricky Ross.

If not, listen again on BBC IPlayer:

BBC Radio 2 – Bob Harris

BBC Radio Wales – Janice Long

BBC Radio Scotland – Ricky Ross

Reviews also continue to come in and all with only good things to say.

Louder Than War (click to read)
Lonesome Highway (click to read)

Over the past 2 weeks we also spoke to a number of papers about the album. Here are links to 2 interviews:

1. With Martin Johnson at Americana-UK

2 – And Bernard Zuel of the Sydney Herald, for his own site and the Australian magazine ‘Rhythms’

The current issue of Country Music People also carries this 4 page article and interview too. Click to enlarge:

There is still time to order a little bit of My Darling Clementine for the one you love this Christmas.

To order Country Darkness on CD, go here or order via Amazon.

OR head to the My Darling Clementine official website to bundle up with vinyl, posters, coffee mugs, DVDs or even the brand new CASSETTE:

All items will be signed and personalised as requested.

We will leave you to go shopping now, but before we do, please have a safe and happy Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you soon, for some live musical interaction, in an altogether much better ‘new year’

Yours in music,
Lou and Michael

27 Nov

Country Darkness In The Charts / Black Friday Deals

Hi everyone

We are sending you another short newsletter to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has bought, streamed or downloaded THE NEW ALBUM.  YOU GOT IT INTO THE CHARTS!

The week of release it went into The Americana Chart at No. 16, and last week the song Different Finger was in the top 20 iTunes chart in The Netherlands.

Even after all these years of being musicians, it is still a thrill to see your work recognised by getting in a chart, and in the company of many other new albums that we are currently grooving to.

If you want to help try and move it a little further up the charts then please go to ‘Amazon CD purchase’ OR the store/streaming platform of your choice.

Or share the links with anyone you think should be hearing the album. SPREAD THE WORD BROTHERS & SISTERS!

Your help; A small favour to ask. If you have the time and the inclination could you leave a review / rating on Amazon? Would be much appreciated and really helps.

All Albums

And as today is BLACK FRIDAY, officially discount day across the world, by a small way of a thank you, we have reduced ALL albums and EPs, on both CD and vinyl, by 20% until next week.

On the Radio

We are grateful for lots of airplay for the album, including being made Record of the Week on a number of shows at BBC Radio Scotland and RTE1 Ireland.

Thanks also to our old friend Bob Harris for playing I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came, on his BBC Radio 2 Country Show this week. If you missed, listen again here.

It comes in at around 46 minutes.

Special mention too to the great Hal Ketchum who passed away this week. Very sad news.

In the Papers

Keep a look out for a number of interviews we have given  recently about the album. These include in print with Country Music People, the web site Americana-UK with the Australian writer Bernard Zuel and this one with the Birmingham Mail (click to open in a larger size):

On Stage

IT WILL END IN TIERS. Once again, the live show and full-band streamed concert, from The Met in Bury, which should have happened on Nov 7th, and was moved to Friday Dec 11th. Is being moved AGAIN!! With the Manchester area back in Tier 3 it means we are not allowed to have an audience.

We are so disappointed having to postpone again but we don’t want to do this show as a live stream only. We want you there in person. We will find a new date and we will make it happen.   Original tickets are valid and new tickets can be bought here.

Meanwhile, we will be announcing a live stream from home, very soon. This will be just the 2 of us, and maybe Mabel too, if we can raise the money to cover her fee! The plan is to do this on December 11th via our Facebook page.

Sorry to end on bad news but we will do our best to make up for the disappointment. This really has been a year of ruined plans but we send you our best wishes.

Stay safe and keep well.  Please keep enjoying the album and we will see you in person or via a screen very soon

Lou and Michael

12 Nov

Country Darkness, With Thanks From Us

Hi folks,

We hope you are all well and coping with the latest lockdown!  We also hope that our music is helping with that to some degree too.

The Album

Just sending you a short additional newsletter to say a HUGE THANKS for all the orders, purchases, streams, and downloads of the new album. It is very much appreciated

Thanks also for all your kind words – we are thrilled you are enjoying it so much. It is also getting plenty of praise in the papers and magazines too – see below

For those who have not yet heard it, or bought it, click here and enjoy.

And if you want to help try and move the album a little further up the charts then please go to ‘Amazon CD purchase’ here as priority (i.e. TODAY) Who knows where that will take us.  THANKS!

An Apology

We are afraid, that due to delays caused by the current pandemic, some orders were sent out a few days later than they should have.  We had to get more copies pressed and they took longer than usual to arrive from Holland.

We are very sorry for this but by tomorrow (13/11/20) ALL UK ORDERS should have landed and by early next week ALL OVERSEAS ORDERS will be there too.

For those who have experienced this delay we are truly sorry and have included a little extra something by way of compensation.

Your Help

A small favour to ask. When you have the time and if you have the inclination could you leave a review / rating on Amazon?

Would be much appreciated and helps spread the word.


If you missed the live stream with Steve Nieve on Sunday, you can still watch it over on both ours and Steve’s artist Facebook pages. Here are the links:

My Darling Clementine
Steve Nieve

The songs we played together were:

‘I Lost You’, ‘I’ll Wear It Proudly’, ‘Good Year For The Roses’, ‘The Embers & The Flame’, ‘Eugene’, and ‘Your Cheating Heart’

The MDC set kicks off about 25 minutes in and we were delighted to have our daughter Mabel join us for 2 of the songs also (Embers, Cheating Heart)

On stage

The live show and full band streamed concert, from The Met in Bury, which should have happened last Saturday (Nov 7th) will now happen on Friday Dec 11th.

We were so disappointed having to postpone again but, lockdown willing, it will go ahead next month. Original tickets are valid and new tickets can be bought here.

It has been a long time since the whole band played together and we just cannot wait.

OK, that’s all for now, told you it was short.

Keep enjoying the album, do spread the word if you are, and we will see you in person or via a screen on December 11th.

Yours in music, and gratitude,
M & L

06 Nov

The New Album Released Today: My Darling Clementine November Newsletter

Dear friends,

This newsletter will reach you just as we are heading into a 2nd full lock down here in the UK, and in many other countries around the world also.

Wherever you are, we wish you well and much strength to get through the coming winter.

These are difficult times for so many but one thing that does help us all, is music. It gives us such a spiritual lift and a distraction from the travails around us.

And we are hoping to provide such a lift for you with our new album, “Country Darkness.” 

What began life in March last year with a rendezvous in Trouville sur Mer in Normandy with Steve Nieve finally sees fruition today, Nov 6th 2020.

It features our re-interpretations of 12 of our favourite Elvis Costello songs plus a brand new song of ours called Powerless.

You can buy it, stream, download, watch it, lots of ways to get a copy. Hit this link and make your choice.

Here is what the press has said so far:

“masterfully cinematic interpretations”
-UNCUT 8/10

“Country Darkness finds the husband & wife duo covering neglected jewels from bespectacled band’s back catalogue with assistance from Attraction Steve Nieve… hooks sharp enough to ensnare”

“Superior, sweet and sombre collection of Costello country… My Darling Clementine (Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish) often strip these 12 EC covers to their very skeleton, embellishing only when absolutely necessary. In doing so, MDC emphasise the glory of the writing and the passion of the interpretation.”

“The contents were originally released as three 4 track EPs but “Country Darkness” brings them all together on one disc for the first time, giving discerning punters a heaven sent opportunity to sample the couple’s soulful re-imaginings of finely crafted gems such as “Why Can’t A Man Stand Alone,” “The Crooked Line” and “Stranger in the House.””

“What makes this collection so successful is that My Darling Clementine don’t over think things. There’s never a sense that they are trying to be willfully different. The material plays to their strengths as singers, which makes sense considering that Costello is one of the best writers of his generation. Bringing Nieve on board as their musical compatriot only adds to the success.”

“a hugely impressive album from My Darling Clementine and Steve Nieve. They have taken the incisive lyrics of a master songwriter and have re-fashioned them in their own , inimitable style. The combination of Elvis Costello’s songs and My Darling Clementine is irresistible.”

“a brave album to record; but one that makes perfect sense when you know My Darling Clementine AND Elvis Costello; it’s a three-way marriage made in Nashville Heaven; and of course Steve Nieve is the Best Man too.”

“heartstoppingly wonderful”

“The album is sublime, without doubt, akin to an artist stripping back to accentuate the attention of song-writing ability, the nimble expertise of narrative which flows through a country legend, like Wynette’s or Parton’s, can be seen, full-colour within Costello’s writing. Yet through the eyes of another, there is even more scope for alternative angles and interpretation.”

“this is an album that is a must for any fan of Elvis Costello, My Darling Clementine or country music in general.”

“phenomenal record”

“Country Darkness is an album of love graced with immense talent.”

For those of you who like your music on vinyl, the 3rd and final EP ‘Country Darkness Vol 3’ is also available now

Country Darkness Vol.3 was released on Oct 30th  and, like with Vol 1 and 2, it comes on 12 inch, limited edition vinyl.

It also comes with a stunning slip case to keep all three volumes together

If you have not bought any yet then you can buy all three, plus the slip case, as a bundle, here.

ON STAGE (and off)

And now the bad news.  Saturday’s show and live stream has fallen foul of the new lockdown. Once again we are defeated in our attempt to play live for you. But, it has been rescheduled to December 11th, and all tickets remain valid. Here is the link.

The show at Thornton Hough, that should have been on Oct 30th will also be rescheduled. As yet no date is fixed. Again all tickets remain valid  We can’t announce that exact new date yet as there is still uncertainty about restrictions but IT WILL TAKE PLACE.

What is 100% happening though, is, this Sunday, you can join us online, for free, performing a few songs with Steve via the wonders of modern technology. This will be available on his Facebook page from 9pm UK time.

A Message To You

For a limited period only (the new lockdown!) we are offering hand-written lyrics to any song of your choice, signed, personalised, dedicated to you or someone of your choice.

It can be a My Darling Clementine song or anything from our solo records. Full details here.

We are also using this “down time” to add more of our individual, solo back catalogues to the streaming site Bandcamp.6 MWK solo albums are up there now for you to download or stream here. Lou’s solo output coming soon.



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That is all for now. Please stay safe, keep well, and enjoy the new album. We send our best wishes to you and your loved ones.

Yours in music,
Lou and Michael

26 Oct

Friday, December 11th, 2020 – In Concert and Live Stream (Rescheduled)

After the disappointment of having to postpone our acoustic show on Oct 30th, we are delighted to announce a new show for Dec 11th at one of our favourite venues, The Met in Bury.

You can attend in person, booking either a table (from £43) or individual seats (£15). Due to social distancing rules tickets are limited so early booking is strongly recommended.

The show is also part of the Live Roots online concert series, and will be streamed live. Tickets for this available here.

This is a full band show. It will feature songs from the new Country Darkness album as well as plenty from the MDC back catalogue.

This will also be the ‘Country Darkness’ album launch party so come down, have a drink on us and get yourself a signed copy too.


Thanks for all the pre-orders so far, for both the album on CD and the 12″ vinyl of Country Darkness Vol 3.

Pre-order the album now via Amazon or our website.

Some very nice reviews starting to appear. Here is what UnCut has to say:

To purchase Vol 3 with slipcase, visit our website.

For all other volumes and other ordering options, click here.

More news to follow, but for now, come and join us on Nov 7th, and please book tickets ASAP.

Thanks everyone.

With love from us to you,
Lou and Michael