Michael Weston King

My Darling Clementine: Album Release / Tour Dates / New Video

03 Apr, 2017

Welcome all, to the Spring newsletter.

When its spring again,
I’ll bring again
Tulips from ……….
– Max Bygraves

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire.
– T S Eliot


33 and a 1/3 RPM;

We are thrilled to announce that the new album, “Still Testifying” will be released on June 2nd by CRS /  Continental Record Services.

It was recorded in London last year, between May and September, and produced by Neil Brockbank, who worked with us on How Do You Plead?  It features the core of the brilliant MDC live band (Martin Belmont, Neil Bullock, Alan Cook, Kevin Foster, Liam Grundy) plus many other amazing guest musicians.

As a taster for the album, and ahead of the North American tour starting on Friday,  here is a Stateside themed video, shot in Oregon and Washington State for the song Eugene.

Pre-order the album now and get a free download of this song from CRS.

Those of you have already pre-ordered via the MDC web site, your copies of the album will be with you by mid-late May.


DANCEHALL – America; 

It has been too long a spell without any shows –  the last one being back in October, so, it is an understatement to say we are looking forward to getting back out on the road.

Firstly…  starting next week, 16 shows in America and Canada. Some of these will be with friends and kindred spirits in the shape of Dale Watson & Ray Benson in New York, Johnny Dowd in Ithaca, & The Rizdales in London, Ont.


DANCEHALL – UK

… then back home,  touring from May onwards. A mix of acoustic and full band shows. We are really looking forward to playing these new songs live for you.

Tickets are now on sale for all UK concerts.

Early bird tickets are available for the album launch on Wednesday 7th June. These are very limited so early booking is advised.

Friends, we really need your support at ALL of these shows. It is tough out there, with so many acts on the road, all trying our best make a living in the face of declining album sales so PLEASE, do book early and spread the word when and where you can.

You know a great night is always delivered when MDC get on stage, so bring along a friend or 2. Have them converted to the “church of heartache”

In between the US and UK tours there will be 2 MWK solo shows.

Friday 28th April – Otley, Korks
Michael Weston King – “The Songs of Townes Van Zandt & Jackie Leven”

Thursday 4th May – Birmingham, Kitchen Garden Cafe 
Michael Weston King – “My Back Pages”

More info here.


SHOP AROUND

With the imminent arrival of the new My Darling Clementine album we are making some space here in the stock room. So, please check out these offers;

An MWK bargain bundle – CD/DVD/BOOK/A2 poster. 60% discount.

Also, just a few of these DVDs left. Contains all the promo videos to date plus a selection of live footage recorded in the UK and Europe.

As they used to say in all the worst commercials, “HURRY NOW WHILE STOCKS LAST!”


READ ALL ABOUT IT

An interesting article about the state of “country” music in Europe, however we define country music. It is worth a read, and we get a name-check.


REGARDS THE END

Some very sad news reached us in February, when we heard of the passing, on Feb 12th, of Robert Fisher. Robert was a friend, an ally, a collaborator.  A man for whom music was a vocation and who lived and loved his life accordingly. Here is a recent post describing our friendship.

With his band Willard Grant Conspiracy,  he left behind an incredible body of work. For those not familiar, here is a fine article, and a playlist, to get you started.


OK, that all the news that is fit to print for now. Do stay in touch, especially via Facebook or Twitter. We will be posting our on-the-road adventures up there, so come and join us.

The Official Facebook page.
MDC on Twitter.

Thanks all.

Keep testifying.

Yours in music,
Michael & Lou

Upcoming MWK Shows & MDC Tour

08 Mar, 2017

The next few months are going to be a busy time for My Darling Clementine, with the new album released on June 2nd and tours for MDC in North America in April and in the UK and Europe from May onwards. Full details here.

However, in between American and the UK there will be 2 solo shows which I really excited about and very much looking forward to.

On April 28th I will be revisiting “The Songs of Townes van Zandt and Jackie Leven” concert, for one night only, in Otley, a place very close to Jackie’s heart. 

Even if you don’t live in the area, come up for the weekend – Otley is a special town and the mighty Chevin hill awaits.

More info here. Tickets on sale here.

On May 4th I will be playing a home town show in the small bit perfectly formed Kitchen Garden Cafe.

The evening is called “My Back Pages”  and as it suggests I will be mining my back catalogue, re-interpreting material by some of my favourite artists and showcasing some brand new songs too, Always a joy to play at the KGC and being local, expect a special guest or 2!

More info hereTickets on sale now here.