My Darling Clementine


13 Feb

Barnoldswick Show Cancelled

We are sorry to report that due to unforeseen circumstances the show on Feb 13 at Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre is being re-scheduled to the Autumn. A new date will be announced soon and tickets will remain valid. Apologies for any inconvenience.

11 Jan

RING IN THE NEW – The My Darling Clementine Newsletter No.1 – 2019

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019.

Firstly, can we wish you all a happy, peaceful and healthy new year – one that is free of the heartache of 2018.

Secondly,  a huge thanks to everyone of you who came out to any of the 26 shows we played in the Autumn in England, Scotland, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany and France.

There were some really special nights. We had a great time and would love for you to let us know which show you came to and share your thoughts here.

Here are a couple of reviews from the tour:

and some photos by Peter Saunders from The Rep, Birmingham;



We are back on the road again from next week with upcoming shows in Scotland, Norway and Northern England.

We are delighted to start the new year playing the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.  It is always a great night whenever we play there, so if  you don’t have a ticket, don’t delay.

For our friends in and around Dundee, who can’t make it to Glasgow, there will be a special warm-up show on the 18th in Montrose.

This show is hosted by The Montrose Folk Club at The Park Hotel, John Street, Montrose Tickets can be purchased by phone 01674 830 658 or email;

We will be joined by Al Gare, Dean Beresford and Iain Sloan on these shows.

For full details about all the shows confirmed so far, both home and abroad, please visit our website.


Thanks to those of you who emailed us with your song requests. Our apologies if you asked for one but we did not get round to playing it. Keeping asking, and yes, “She Is Still My Weakness” will return!

So, if there are certain songs you would like us to play, maybe a favourite you have never heard us play before, please let us know, and we will do our best to include it.

We are also working on a few of our favourite songs by other writers for this tour so if you fancy hearing us do a cover of your choice, we’d love to hear your suggestion.

For a while now we have been meaning to add the great Jimmy Webb song “Do What You Gotta Do” to the live set. So too, ‘I’m Your Toy’ by The Flying Burrito Brothers, and ‘That Day Is Done” by Elvis Costello & Paul McCartney

Maybe ‘by the time we get to Glasgow!’



We are hoping that the red ‘studio’ light will be going on again soon. It has been too long since we recorded anything new.

Our plan was to have made the follow-up to Still Testifying in 2018 but numerous problems due to relocating from Birmingham to Manchester and then the vagaries of finding and losing and finding again somewhere to live rather took over. So we have some catching up to do.

We have actually got plans for 2 new albums to be cut this year, with at least one of them coming out in 2019.  There will be an album of all original material,  and also one made up solely of songs written by………………?

More on this to follow shortly but some of these new songs will feature live very soon.


We would love for everyone to take 6 minutes out of their busy schedule and just enjoy this video. It was lovingly created by film-maker Daniel Marigliano and deserves to be seen by many, many more people than it has so far.

Our attention spans are so short these days,  and getting anyone to watch a YouTube video for more than 2 minutes is difficult,  but this song & video are a little longer than that but it’s worth persevering with. Enjoy, and feel free to share too. Thanks.



Big love to everyone who has supported the Music Minds project by buying the album, or downloading tracks, or coming to the Islington O2 Academy concert back in October.

If you have not yet bought a copy of this fine 50 song album, at the bargain price of £10, just order here now.

It is the only place you will find our version of the gorgeous Peter Blegvad song, GOLD on CD or to stream.

The CD also includes:



We were very said to hear that the legendary – and we mean legendary – Billy Butler, hosted his last ever BBC Radio Merseyside afternoon show on Dec 28th.  We have been Billy’s guest many times and he has always been a huge supporter of our music, and so many other artists coming through town to play shows in Liverpool.  “Enjoy your retirement Billy, though hopefully you will find a new home on air on very soon”


Don’t forget to follow us on that social media. We have a love-hate relationship with it, a little like our own in many respects, but do ‘like’, ‘follow’, ‘share’  etc. That is where the gossip lands quickest, and the more embarrassing photos are seen:

OK, so thanks everyone. As ever we do appreciate your support and we  look forward to seeing you at a show in the next few weeks as we get the new year underway.

Our love, and respect,
Lou & Michael

Photo by Gerie Van Barneveld



10 Oct

An Extra Autumn Newsletter

Hi everyone

We hope you are all well this Autumn. Always our favourite time of year

A short, extra newsletter ahead of the upcoming shows this month and next


Thanks to all who came out to the shows in September. They were all great nights, and we have more to come.

Go to right now for details on all upcoming concerts and how to buy tickets.

Friends in The Netherlands, Germany, France and Norway we will be back to play for you too in November and January.

A few posters and show leaflets below.

The shows in London and Birmingham will feature the band, while we will be joined by Al Gare on double bass and MDC debutante Preben Raunsbjerg on guitar for the other shows.

We also team up again with Mr. Mark Billingham for a rare performance of The Other Half in Whitby

Special note that Thursday’s concert, on Oct 10th, which is World Mental Health Day is in aid of Music Minds. For more info about the charity, the album and the live show, which has a stellar line-up, go to their Facebook page or website.



We have a brand new video now streaming on YouTube.

It is a  “graphic novel” inspired video made by independent film maker Daniel Marigliano for the song Two Lane Texaco.

The song is our homage to the halcyon days of  American Radio, the iconic DJ Wolfman Jack (American Graffiti) and the sad demise of small industrial towns everywhere

Please take a look, enjoy, and if so inclined, please share across social media and with friends etc. We are thrilled with what Danny had come up with. Here are a couple of pictures from it;


We recently called into the Country Line studios for a chat and to play song or 2.


Country Line is a Global App for Country & Americana Music. It’s worth subscribing to.



To tie-in with the tour we have been calling into various radio stations up and down the country.

Here are 2 sessions that are still on-line via BBC i-player. As you can see we took a special guest to BBC Leeds.

We will also be beak on BBC Radio Merseyside from 3pm on Friday Oct 10th with our old friend Billy Butler:

OK, that’s all for now,We look forward to seeing you on the road this Autumn  And remember, book early and we will see you down the front,- Lou, Michael and Mabel
06 Sep

Autumn Newsletter

Hi everyone

Welcome to the Autumn newsletter.

Around our way, the long hot summer of 2018 is fading from view and a chill can be felt in the air. Perfect time then to take to the road and play some shows


All the Autumn tour dates are listed below with live ticket links.

So friends in England, Wales and Scotland, and Germany, France and The Netherlands …. you are just one click away from booking your tickets.

If possible, can we ask that you PLEASE book your tickets in advance. It is certainly cheaper but it also helps re-assure the promoters. Leaving until the last minute can sometime lead to promoters getting cold feet and wanting to cancel if advance sales are low.

Given these maybe our last shows in the UK for quite a while, we want them all to be great and busy nights. Thank you.


If there are certain songs you would like us to play, maybe a favourite you have never heard us play before, please let us know, and we will do our best to include it.

We are also working on a few of our favourite songs by other writers for this tour so if you fancy hearing us do a cover of your choice, we’d love to hear your suggestion. No promises though!


Like everyone, we were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Aretha Franklin. What can you say about an extraordinary talent and an extraordinary life? As Elvis Costello wrote in his post about her on Twitter “No words worthy”.

She was always an influence on My Darling Clementine, which some may find hard to believe given the country origins of what we do, especially our first album. But take a listen to Yours Is The Cross from Still Testifying (via Soundcloud OR on YouTube).

At around 1 min, 44 sec, those backing vocals. Sound familiar?

Blessings to Queen Aretha and thanks to Angie Pollock, and Oliver Darling for being our very own soul sisters on this song


Two projects we are currently supporting are:

1. MUSIC MINDS: An album and a concert to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues. More details about the album and the project in general here, while tickets for the London concert available here. We will be on stage for approx 20 minutes. Other acts include Chris Difford, Andy Fairweather-Low, Thomas Lang and many more

2. SINGING THROUGH THE WALL – Songs for Western Sahara: Also an album, a very beautifully packaged double album, which can be bought, or downloaded and streamed here.

Please check them out when you can and if feel so inclined to buy an album or a ticket, that would be brilliant



My Darling Clementine – England, Wales, Scotland – Autumn 2018

Friday Sept 7
Bath – Chapel Arts 

St James Memorial Hall Avon, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR
Tel; 01225 461700

Saturday Sept 8
South Molton – The George Hotel

The George Hotel, 1 Broad St, EX36 3AB South Molton
Promoted by The Plough Torrington
Tel: 01769 572514 (The George) 01805 624624 (The Plough)

Sunday Sept 9
Penzance – Acorn Arts  

Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU
Tel: 01736 363545

Friday Sept 21
Cardiff – Acapela Studio

Heol Y Pentre, Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9QD
Tel: 02920 890862

Sunday Sept 23
Edinburgh – Voodoo Rooms

19a W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA
Tel: 0131 556 7060

Sunday Oct 7th
Shrewsbury –  Henry Tudor 

Henry Tudor House, Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury SY1 1XA
Tel. 01743 361666

Wednesday Oct 10th
London – Islington Academy – Music Minds Fundraiser

Thurs Oct 11
Crawley – Hawth Theatre

Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ
Tel:  01293 553636

Saturday Oct 13th
Liverpool – The Music Room @ The Phil

Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP
Tel: 0151 709 3789

Weds Oct 17th
Birmingham – The Rep

Library of Birmingham,  Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP
Tel: 0121 236 4455

Thursday Oct 18th
Manchester – Night People

105-107 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD
Tel 0161 236 9266

Friday Oct 19th
Whitby – Musicport Festival  (The Other Half with Mark Billingham)

Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff
Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3EN
Tel: 01947 603475

Saturday Oct 20th
Bedford – The Ent Shed

The Gordon Arms, Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QY
Tel: 07923 621140

Weds Oct 31st
London – St Pancras Old Church

Pancras Rd, Camden Town NW1 1UL
Tel; 020 7424 0724

Saturday Nov 10th
Retford – St Saviours C.C. (‘Pies, Peas & Performance’)

Pelham Road, Retford, Notts, DN22 6QW

My Darling Clementine – Netherlands, France Germany – Autumn 2018

Tuesday Nov 13th
Oentsjerk (NL) – Folk in de Walden


Thursday Nov 15th
Ede  (NL) – Live Stage Marnix


Friday Nov 16th
Amen (NL) – Cafe
De Amer

Saturday Nov 17th
Steinfeld (D) – Di Kleine Gallery


Sunday Nov 18th
Arnhem (NL) – Luxor Live


Tuesday Nov  20th
Meximieux, Lyon (Fr) – CARIOCA


Weds Nov 21st
Kusterdingen (D) – Kino METROPOL


Full details and tickets links at


Thanks everyone, as ever we appreciate your support and we we look forward to singing for you, and seeing you at a show in the next few weeks
Lou & Michael



19 Jun

MDC Summer Newsletter

Hi everyone

Welcome to the Clementine summer newsletter.


We are looking forward to getting back on stage in the coming days.  It has been a prolonged absence by our standards – not played a show in almost 2 months (Thornton Hough Village Club in April – what a great night that was. Thanks to all who came.)

On Tuesday June 19th we will be joining Carlene Carter for her only UK show this year. Carlene is country music royalty and we are are happy to be the court jesters for the night.

Tickets from –


After that we will be in Norway, firstly at the Vise Festival in Egersund at the start of July (joined by Al Gare and Alan Cook) and then again, with the full band, at Seljord Festival:

Thursday July 5th – Egersund, Vise Festival (MWK solo)
Friday July 6th – Egersund, Vise Festival (MDC)

Friday July 27th – Telemark, Seljord Festival
Saturday July 28th – Telemark, Seljord Festival

Tickets are also now on sale for the Autumn tour.  These dates are a mix of duo, 4 piece and full band shows. We are also joining up with Mark Billingham again,  for a performance of The Other Half in Whitby.

Full details and tickets links at

If possible, PLEASE book your tickets as soon as you can if your are planning on coming to any the shows. It really makes a huge difference and helps re-assure promoters. Leaving until the last minute to buy can sometimes lead to promoters getting cold feet and wanting to cancel if advance sales are low.

Many thanks everyone.

We’ve also got some more dates in the Netherlands lined up:

Tuesday Nov 13th – Oentsjerk (NL)
Folk in de Walden

Wed Nov 14th – Leiden (NL)
Q Bus

Thurs Nov 15th – Ede (NL)
Live Stage Marnix

Fri Nov 16th – Amen (NL)
Cafe De Amer

Sat Nov 17th –  Lieren, Apeldoorn (NL)
De Roseboom

Sun Nov 18th – Arnhem (NL)
Luxor Live


Our thoughts are turning to getting back in the studio soon, and writing some new songs. A week spent at the first ever South Louisiana Songwriter festival and Workshop for Michael  (hosted by the incredible Buddy Holly Educational Foundation) got the creative juices flowing and resulted in some new songs and co-writes.Read more about this event and see some concert footage of some of the outstanding writers / performers involved at we have not yet committed anything to tape for a new album, we do want to let you know about 2 releases coming soon that we are involved in and for causes we are delighted to support;

1. In March we joined a number of fellow musicians to contribute vocals to a new version of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day.

The new arrangement having been done by Steve Nieve. This single is due for realise in the coming weeks, along with an accompanying video.This will be followed by the release of a triple album featuring over 40 artists,  and a concert in London, with all proceeds going towards Mental Health awareness.

More details at and tickets for the October concert are available here.

2. Following our recent tour of Spain in January we were invited to contribute a song to an album that highlights the on-going plight of the people of Western SaharaThe song to be featured is not an MDC song but a remixed version of a song called  In Time, which originally appeared on Michaels 2010 solo album I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier.

This album will come out in July and features, amidst others Malcolm Holcombe, David Olney, Eleni Mandel and many more (see below).

More details to follow soon on actual album release date and where copies can be bought.


We love hearing from you, so please get back to us if there is anywhere you want to see us come and play.Also if anything you would like to see appear in the store. We have been meaning to get new T. shirts printed for a while now. Any takers??  And if so, what do want to see on them?We also have reduced a number of items in the MDC store, so please take a look and grab a bargain.

We have just a few of the Jacknife screen print posters left. We want them hanging on someones wall not sitting in our store cupboard so please order now!

We also now have some vinyl copies of How Do You Plead? and The Reconciliation back in stock, though we are down to the last box of each.

That’s all for now. Thanks everyone. Keep in touch and we will see you soon. Have a great summer.Yours,
Lou and Michael