Michael Weston King

My Darling Clementine – 2018 January Newsletter

10 Jan, 2018

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.


ON STAGE

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* 

SPAIN
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

 

UK
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
Oss @Paulus

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

 

UK
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.


IN PRINT

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;


ON SCREEN

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.

My Darling Clementine – ‘Friday Night, Tulip Hotel (Live at Warehouse) | UNDER THE APPLE TREE

My Darling Clementine – ‘King Of The Carnival’ | UNDER THE APPLE TREE

If you have not seen these already, please tale look, a listen and do share. Thanks.


ON AIR

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.

 


ON DISC

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

The Refuge of the Road – The My Darling Clementine Autumn Newsletter

26 Sep, 2017

Hi everyone,

Michael here, writing to you from the ancient Norwegian town of Halden.

I am out here for some solo shows while Lou is at home packing boxes, or at least pointing and directing overall-clad men who are packing boxes.

Yes, we are on the move, heading north from Birmingham to the great city of Manchester, which goes someway to explain why we have not been so proactive on stage over the summer.

But we will be fixing that later this month and into October with a run of shows in Germany, Austria, one in Holland and then 4 in the UK.

We then return to The Netherlands in November, from the 4th -12th, including a collaboration with the great Dutch photographer Marco Bakker in Edam on Nov 12th. This is both a gig and a photo exhibition. Marco took the fabulous photos that feature on the album.

Details of all shows and how to get tickets can be found here.

Many of these shows will be acoustic duo shows but Lou and I will be joined by various amazing players in Glasgow, Harrogate and some of the Dutch shows

AND DON’T FORGET – If you want to see My Darling Clementine play in your part of the world, please get in touch. We can arrange something directly with you or in conjunction with a venue near you.  Contact us via our website, or our Facebook page, or on Twitter.


MOTION PICTURES

We are delighted to announce a brand new video for the song “Yours Is The Cross I Still Bear”

Once again it has been put together by our good friend and colleague John Humpheys, this time using selected footage from his brilliant 2015 film Numbskull, and features our much-missed and wonderful friend, the actor, musician and all round renaissance man, Paul Murphy: https://youtu.be/sdd9tPHL31w.

Enjoy, and please share. We would love for as many to see this as possible.

To watch the full film of Numbskull go here,


ON THE RADIO

Please tune in on Monday, September 25th, 4pm, on BBC Radio 4 when Lou and I join Mark Billingham and others to discuss the late great Hank Williams, talking about his life, his music and his demons.  We will also be singing. As a taster, you can listen now to the My Darling Clementine version of “Your Cheatin’ Heart”


READ ALL ABOUT IT

Great reviews continue to come in for the the new album “Still Testifying”.  The latest from 2 wonderful Irish webzine, Lonesome Highway and Whisperin’ and Hollerin’.

Here in the UK the current issue of Country Music Magazine carries a 4/5 review and an interview, and RnR (Rock ’n’ Reel) also has a 4/5 review. There are also more articles and interviews in the next issues of RnR (Rock ’n’ Reel), Record Collector and on Americana-uk.com

Over in Germany, Soul Train (among many others) has had great things to say about “Still Testifying” and in The Netherlands too: https://www.bluesmagazine.nl/recensie-my-darling-clementine-still-testifying/


STILL TESTIFYING

If you don’t have the album yet, there are various ways to got hold of your copy. Just hit this link and take your pick. Thanks for all your kind words about it – do keep them coming.

And which ever way you buy the album we would love it if you could leave a comment on the album page on Amazon.


Thanks everyone – we will see you on the road this Autumn.