After a summer of relative inactivity (apart from erm moving to another country) Lou Dalgleish and Michael Weston King aka, My Darling Clementine have announced a run of over 30 European shows from now until the end of the year including 11 UK dates. Starting at the lovely Moseley Folk Festival on Sept 1st, and a one-off stop at The Cube in Malvern they head to the European mainland for shows in Germany, Denmark, Czech Rep and The Netherlands. The live shows will see them playing songs from their entire 10-year, 6-album career, including a short set of Elvis Costello songs that they recorded with Steve Nieve for the 2021 ‘Country Darkness’ album, as well as showcasing brand new material that is earmarked for the next MDC album, due early 2024.
The shows include a special, one-off concert at The Stoller Hall in Manchester where MDC will be joined by students from Chethams Music School, who will be adding brass, strings and choir to the proceedings, while the tour ends with what has become something of a tradition – a special MDC Christmas show, called Country Darkness Christmas Light in the couple’s old home city of Birmingham where they’ll play some of their favourite seasonal country, folk and blues songs from such writers as Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Nick Lowe and Alan Hull among others.
If the songwriting gods have been kind, they will then retreat to the studio to start work on the new album, the band’s 6th, provisional entitled, ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’. As the say: “Not bad for a side-project that was only due to last a year and make one album. Show business, it’s a strange thing.”
My Darling Clementine – UK shows 2023:
Fri 1st Sep – Birmingham – Moseley Folk Festival
Sun 10th Sep – Malvern – The Cube
Wed 1 Nov – London – What’s Cookin @ Leytonstone Social Club (MWK Solo Show)
Thu 23rd Nov – Manchester – Stoller Hall
Fri 24th Nov – Glasgow – Glad Cafe
Sat 25th Nov – Biggar – Arcadia Music Cafe
Sun 26th Nov – Tayport – The Larick Centre
Thu 30th Nov – Hereford – The Wild Hare Club @The Railway Club
Fri 1st Dec – Taunton – The CICCIC
Sun 3rd Dec – Frome – The Tree House @The Cheese & Grain
Sunday 10th – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe