Happy New Year everyone – lets indeed ‘hope it is a good one without any tears,’ Well, less than last year at any rate.
We hope you had a cool Yule and that Still Testifying found it’s was onto your hi-fi over the festive season.
Here is what is coming up in the early part of the MDC year.
Busy start to the new year in terms of touring. Spain, Holland, Belgium and shows here at home.
All of these will be duo shows.
We are also re-uniting with Mr. Mark Billingham for 3 performances of The Other Half*
Thursday Jan 11th
Bilbao @ Kafe Antzokia
Friday Jan 12th
Pamplona @ Nebula
Saturday Jan 13th
San Sebastian Club 44 @ ATXERRI JAZZ BAR
Sunday Jan 14th
Barcelona – Living Room Concerts BCN
Tuesday Jan 16th
Nerja @ Casa Grande
Wednesday Jan 17th
Madrid Cafe @ Berlin
Thursday Jan 18th
Zaragoza @ Las Aramas
Thursday Jan 25th
Cricklade @ The Old Stables (MWK solo)
Saturday Jan 27th
Bradford @ Black Dyke Mill
THE NETHERLANDS & BELGIUM
Wednesday Jan 31st
Heusden @ Roots In Heusden
Thursday Feb 1st
Friday Feb 2nd
Brussels @ Toogenblik
Saturday Feb 3rd
Hilvarenbeek, Tilburg @ ’T Podium
Sunday Feb 4th
Houten @ DassenakkerLIVE
Monday Feb 5th
Zuilen, Utrecht @ De Parel van Zuilen
Wednesday Feb 7th
Edam @ De Harmonie
Friday Feb 16th
Goole* @ Junction (MDC & Mark Billingham in THE OTHER HALF)
Saturday Feb 17th
Scarborough @ Woodend Theatre
Thursday Feb 22nd
Belper, Derby* @ Music & Arts (MDC & Mark Billingham in THE OTHER HALF)
Friday Feb 23rd
Rolleston, Newark* @ Rolleston Hall (MDC & Mark Billingham in THE OTHER HALF)
Saturday Feb 24th
Ropsley, Grantham @ Ropsley Hall
Friday March 9th
Belfast @ Belfast Nashville Songwriter Festival
Saturday March 24th
Broseley @ Birchmeadow Centre
Friday April 27th
Barrow upon Soar @ Humphrey Perkins Centre
Saturday April 28th
Thornton Hough @ Village Club
Details of all shows, more info about who is appearing with us, and how to get tickets can be found here.
Some of the UK shows are part of the UK Rural touring Network (they are the ones in places you wont have heard of!) but these are great nights, in very intimate and interesting venues, hosted by wonderful people, so do come along, even if it is a bit of a step into the unknown.
We have been delighted with the ongoing reaction to the album. Great reviews continue to come in, even in November and December and it also made many “Best of 2017” year-end lists.
No Depression, RnR, Country Music People, Country Music Magazine, 3rd Coast Music – Texas, Three Chords and The Truth, Say It With Garage Flowers, are just some of the publications to put Still Testifying in their albums and songs of the year.
In the last 2-3 months also a number of interviews / articles ran in the press, maybe you saw them in magazines such as Country Music Magazine, RnR and Country Music People in the Uk, and various others in Holland, Germany and Scandinavia? Friends in Spain and Holland look out for Ruta 66 and Heaven magazine this month.
Here is an interview with Michael for the American magazine Goldmine discussing earliest influences;
Here are 2 recently filmed live recordings.
Both recorded for Bob Harris’s Under The Apple Tree sessions and his Whisperingbobtv channel.
The first clip features Al Gare on bass, Ian Sloan on pedal steel and one Mabel Dalgleish-King on recorder. Yes, we are keeping it in the family.
If you have not seen these already, please tale look, a listen and do share. Thanks.
Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2013, while promoting The Reconciliation, our interview and live session for “Art of the Song” is being re-aired this week, January 8-14. You can listen either on the Standing ‘O’ homepage with a subscription or by signing up for a free 10-day, no credit card required trial. You can also listen to the show on one of the Art of the Song stations, or on the Art of the Song website from January 15-21.
We were obsessed with the TV show Breaking Bad at the time, so this was something of a pilgrimage.
There are no immediate plans for us to return to the studio in the coming months but plans for a live album are being put into place. More on that to follow.
There a 3 upcoming compilation albums we are delighted to be part of – all fund raiser / awareness raisers for different causes. As and when we have more news on release dates we will let you know. Some fine artists also involved in these projects too.
If there are specific recordings you would like us to do personally for you – maybe a song written especially, or a cover song that would love to hear us do, then do get in touch via the web site. Any proceeds from such requests will go towards future new recordings.
ON A SAD NOTE
We were very saddened to hear about the death of of the great Ivan Beavis over Christmas. A huge fan My Darling Clementine and a much appreciated sponsor and believer in our work over the past few years.
He was also a huge supporter and fundraiser for The Morning Star newspaper and it was Ivan who asked Michael to curate the album We’re All In It Together. If you don’t already this really wonderful double, compilation album, then do go buy a copy now. You won’t be disappointed.
You can read a little more on Ivan here.
He will be sorely missed.
OK, that all the news that is fit to print for now. and as we always say, do stay in touch, especially via Facebook or Twitter for more immediate updates, news, new videos, and newly announced shows;
The Official Facebook page | My Darling Clementine on Twitter
Good luck everyone for the new year and we look forward to seeing you at show in the near future.
Peace, Love and Understanding to you all.
– Lou & Michael