Michael Weston King

Clementine sing Costello – New Music / New EP / New Shows

19 Sep, 2019

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…


ON RECORD

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 folkradio.co.uk.
New EP - A4 - OCT 11

ON SCREEN

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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ON STAGE

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
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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
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Weds Dec 18
Biddulph, Stoke – St Lawrence’s Church
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Sunday Dec 22
Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe
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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; mwk1@blueyonder.co.uk and we’ll get in touch and work something out.


RIP DONNIE, NEAL and DANIEL

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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QUESTION TIME

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

MDC Spring Newsletter

02 May, 2019

Happy springtime everyone. Welcome to the Nags Head.

Photo: Muriel Teodori

We hope things are good with you all, and despite a world of turmoil out there, you are finding some peace and contentment and musical fulfilment.

Firstly, and once again, a huge thanks to everyone of you who has come out to see the shows so far this year.


Here are a couple of reviews from earlier in the year, in Glasgow and Oslo;
My Darling Clementine, Interstate 19, Oslo:
“Prior to the festival, I knew nothing about the British duo My Darling Clementine other than having heard their name, but I understood that they are among the UK’s foremost country performers.
The band is a project for the couple Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish. Weston King, I know well as both a solo artist and leader of the band The Good Sons – a musical melting pot reminiscent of Clive Gregson (from the legendary Stiff Records band Any Trouble) and, for that matter, more recent Nick Lowe. Dalgleish has, amongst other things, played with Bryan Ferry, and The Brodsky Quartet. Together, they are both a great country duo and a comedy double-act – with a quite brilliant band behind them.
 I realise now that I have to listen to the three albums of My Darling Clementine, based on the fact that they played a number of brilliant songs such as “Friday Night, Tulip Hotel”, “Since I Fell For You”, the Tom T. Hall Tribute “Going Back To Memphis”, and offered an alternative view of abusive relationships to Tammy Wynette in the shape of “No Matter What Tammy Said (I Won’t Stand By Him). This is, simply, an excellent example of the great art of songwriting, and it was amazing to see them live.”
Full, original text (in Norsk) and some photos of the festival can be found here.
We also had a fine time in Bilbao and San Sebastian recently performing in support of the ‘Singing Through The Wall’ album.
Here are a few photos from the weekend. Thanks also to the fine musicians of the Martha Fields Band for joining us on stage too for King of The Carnival, 100,000 Words and In Time (the song that features on the Singing Through The Wall’ album)
For more information about the Songs for Western Sahara project and how to buy what is an excellent album, click here.
 
  
From the Basque country we went directly to High Wycombe to play The Ramblin Roots Revue. Given our tired state, it was good to see so many familiar faces there. Thanks also to Murdo Mackenzie for taking over the drum stool at short notice. Well played, Murdo.


 Photos by Dom Brosnan
Next up, in May, we return to two of our favourite venues. The Back Box at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast and The Met in Bury. Both of these shows are with the band and we will be joined by the brilliant poet Oliver Lomax once again in Bury.
In June we are delighted to be going back to Acapela in Cardiff (we had a great time there last summer) before heading back over to Spain for 6 shows including an appearance at the first ever Madrid Americana concert series.
Full details about all the shows confirmed so far, both home and abroad, please go http://mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk/shows/
 

RECORDING IN PROGRESS

We are delighted to announce work on the new album has started. It is to be called Country Darkness and will be our intrepretation for duet, of the country and country soul songs of Elvis Costello. As many of you know EC has been a big influence musically on both of us.
 
Photo 1: Muriel Teodori
Pre-production began last month in France with one of EC’s longest standing collaborators, the great Steve Nieve on piano and as musical director.  Recording is due to start in June.We will be playing some of the selected Costello songs live very soon, starting at the shows in May.

LOST IN THE ATTIC

We recently discovered a box of our 2016 Records Store Day release The Riverbend EP. We thought this was totally sold out but there are now 15 remaining. If you want to grab a copy then head to our store and order.
 

RIP SCOTT

We were both very sad to hear of the passing of the great Scott Walker. Both of us were huge fans of the man.
Scott  was not known for his association with country music, although he did make a couple of country albums in the early 70’s,  “Stretch”, and “We Had It All”, where he showed his usual exemplary taste in the songs he chose to cover, including the great Tom T Hall song “That’s How I Got To Memphis” (the inspiration for our own “Going Back To Memphis”) and the Donnie Fritts / Troy Seals song “We Had It All”, another of our favourites, and a song we have also covered on occasion.
Here though is a song from long BEFORE My Darling Clementine – MWK’s cover version of Scots song Big Louise (obviously!)
This track originally appears on the album Love’s a Cover.


QUESTION TIME

Anything you want to ask about, we love hearing from you, so do send us a message via the website http://mydarlingclementinemusic.co.uk/contact/
Don’t forget to follow us on social media, too. Please go and  ‘like’, ‘follow’, ‘share’  etc.
Things appear on there that don’t appear on the web site or in the quarterly newsletters
This live video appeared on-line recently and has just been shared via the MDC pages; 100,000 Words live at the CCA Glasgow Nov 2017.

Thanks everyone. We look forward to seeing you at a show soon, and keep in touch.
Our love, and respect,
Lou & Michael