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Listings for October 28th, 2014

APPEARING ON Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

My Darling Clementine + Support Tom Durkin [+]

£13.00 Tickets


My Darling Clementine

One of the many definitions of harmony is..  agreement; accord; harmonious relations, so it is a sweet irony that in Country Music, the joining of two voices should so often be used to sing about disharmony.  Songs of betrayal, regret, anger, guilt, revenge and hurt.

But it is that contradiction which draws us to this music. 2 people, singing to each other, about each other,  while staring directly into each others eyes.  As listeners we become voyeurs to something so personal. Like eavesdropping neighbours tuning into a domestic. We are at once curious, sad, compelled but yet unable to turn away.

The classic country duets were undoubtedly at their peak in the late 60s and 1970s, the likes of George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner, Johnny & June and many more. Fast forward 40 years and those timeless themes are alive and well in the hands , and voices of……..My Darling Clementine (aka Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish)

Michael Weston King, the seasoned troubadour, and the former leader of U.K. Alt Country pioneers The Good Sons (who MOJO dubbed “England’s very own Uncle Tupelo…”,) is widely seen as one of Britain’s finest singer songwriters. He has made 10 solo albums and 4 with The Good Sons. Always on the road, both solo and touring with the likes of Nick Cave, John Cale, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn. His collaborations with Chris Hillman, Ron Sexsmith, Jackie Leven and the legendary Townes Van Zandt (who cut his own version of Michael’s song Riding The Range), have only enhanced his considerable musical reputation.

Lou Dalgleish is quite simply one of, if not THE finest female singers in the UK. She has been praised by, and worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, The Brodsky Quartet, and many more. From 1993 – 2000 she released 4 albums (including the acclaimed Live at Ronnie Scotts)  that showed off her unique songwriting,  her stunning vocals and unique interpretation of other works. A long time Costello fan she can also be seen appearing in the show, “They Call Her Natasha” a stage show based on his life and music.

Both King and Dalgleish are no strangers to successful, independent music careers but after 10 years of marriage, the two turned their attention towards a joint project. The result was  How Do You Plead?, an album that took the Country / Americana world by storm. Produced by Nick Lowe producer Neil Brockbank and featuring the cream of British players, including Geraint Watkins and Martin Belmont it garnered incredible critical acclaim. The debut single,100,000 Words became a BBC Radio 2 hit, and the band and album went on to win awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

“This is a great album. A finely crafted all original tribute to the classic country duet”
The Guardian

 ”One of the most exquisitely pained American country albums of the year comes from this British couple”
New York Daily News – Top Ten Album of the week

“A baker’s dozen of originals that sound like they came straight out of the June/Johnny-Emmylou/Gram-Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazelwood catalogs. This is as authentic as anything out of Nashville or Texas…A batch of superb C&W corkers.”
American Songwriter, USA  **** 4/5

“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the best British country record ever!”
Duncan Warwick, Editor – Country Music People.

“Truly a great record”
Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)

“Lou has the most stunning voice. I LOVE it”
Graham Norton (BBC Radio 2)

“You would swear blind this albums cuts are lifted straight from the pages of some long-lost country songbook”  
BBC on-line music reviews

After a year of touring  the UK, America, Canada and Scandinavia, Oct 2013 sees My Darling Clementine release their 2nd album, “The Reconciliation?”   Recorded at the renowned Sheffield studio, Yellow Arch and produced by Colin Elliot  (Richard Hawley, Duane Eddy, Jarvis, Kylie,) it features 12 new, stunning duets, plus special guest appearances from Kinky Friedman, The Brodsky Quartet  & The Richard Hawley band.

MDC will be on tour in Europe throughout the Autumn and Winter before heading back to the USA in March 2014.  Their live show is spectacular, and has been the highlight of many festivals these past 2 summers.

“Off the scale guys, what a show! Amazing song writing and musicianship. We loved it, a pleasure to have you.”
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast

“It was theatre, it was country music, it was rock ‘n’ roll”
Maverick *****5/5

“Thanks a million for such a sterling performance last night. You were tremendous.”
David Hepworth, Word

Tom Durkin


Solo Bluegrass, Country and Blues musician performing energetic and original sets to audiences across the North West of the UK.

Tom is heavily influenced by early 1900s American blues, bluegrass and country artists and draws influence from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe and more.