My Darling Clementine


18 Mar

“A plague on all your houses” – March and April tour cancellations

Friends in Norway, we are so sorry that the My Darling Clementine March tour has had to be postponed.

Hugely frustrating and disappointing but plans are underway to re-schedule for October.

Dates will be listed as soon as possible. So sorry but staying healthy is the most important thing right now

Stay well and stay safe , see you soon

Lou and Michael

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