My Darling Clementine
Ent Shed, Bedford
Saturday 20th October 2018
For what began life as something of a side project for Michael Weston King & Lou Dalgleish, a labour of love, a homage to the classic country duets of the 60’s and 70’s , My Darling Clementine is now very much part of the country and Americana landscape. 3 critically acclaimed albums, over 400 shows across Europe and N. America, numerous accolades and awards has placed the band at the forefront of the burgeoning Americana scene.
My Darling Clementine continue to tour in support of their incredible new album Still Testifying, described by Uncut magazine as ‘where gospel, country and southern soul happily collide… terrific.’
“Still Testifying is a triumph’”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
JP Harris & The Tough Choices
Special guest Miss Tess
Ent Shed, Bedford
Saturday 17th November 2018
In short, J.P. Harris plays Country Music. Not “Americana,” not “Roots,” “Folk,” or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres; he plays from the foundation of these styles, the music that has influenced four generations of songwriters. In a world where prefixes have been added to the term “Country,” JP simply sticks to the old-fashioned sounds that have called to him. Referencing influences would be like describing each stitch in a quilt; every scrap of fabric tells a story of how the weathered and comfortable blanket came to be…
Dan Stuart with Tom Heyman &
Sid Griffin (ex Long Ryders)
Ent Shed, Bedford
Friday 30th November 2018
Dan Stuart is a songwriter, author and habitual expat currently residing in Mexico City. He was a founding member of Green on Red and Danny & Dusty in the 80's before leaving the music business in 1995 for a decade and a half. His comeback solo record in 2012 has the same title as his 2014 false memoir: The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings, both available through Cadiz Music, London. That was followed by Marlowe's Revenge recorded with Mexico City's Twin Tones and released in 2016 through Cadiz Music in UK & Europe and on Fluff & Gravy Records in the Americas. The last of the trilogy, The Unfortunate Demise of Marlowe Billings, will be out in July of 2018 along with a novel of the same name.
Special guests Worry Dolls
Harpur Suite, Bedford
Friday 14th December 2018
Throughout her career — a nearly decade-long run filled with three album releases, a career-shifting appearance and soundtrack for HBO’s True Detective, hundreds of shows on both sides of the Atlantic, and a sound encompassing everything from Americana to stark indie rock — Lera Lynn has balanced her fierce independence with a string of collaborations.
She's written songs with T Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash. She's recorded albums with full bands (2014's The Avenues, hailed by outlets like Rolling Stone and American Songwriter) and smaller lineups (the experimental, NPR and New York Times-approved Resistor, which Lynn co-produced at her Nashville home). On her fourth album, Plays Well With Others, she teams up with eight different duet partners and seven co-writers, resulting in her most diverse, collaborative work to date.
"...her gorgeous Emmylou-like voice which wraps itself around the varied tone of her collaborators..." - Uncut Magazine
Portland Arms, Cambridge,
Saturday, 2nd February 2019
The Delines debut album Colfax surprised fans and critics alike. The band had only been together a week when they went into the studio and cut the record. Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written.” Evoking the feel of a beat-up Dusty Springfield or a weary Rickie Lee Jones, Colfax made a dozen top ten records of the year lists and the Delines sold out venues in the UK, Ireland, and had successful tours in the Europe and Australia. The Guardian declared them the surprise hit of the End of the Road festival and then it all came to a stop. Lead singer Amy Boone was hit by a car and put into the hospital and recovery for many months, finally putting the band on hold for over three years.
Amy is finally on the mend and The Delines are back with their sophomore effort released next January ahead of their UK tour.
The Delines are led by vocalist Amy Boone( The Damnations, TX), the keyboard and horn work of Cory Gray, Tucker Jackson (The Minus 5) on pedal steel, as well as Richmond Fontaine members: Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo, and Willy Vlautin. Vlautin, the acclaimed novelist and songwriter for Richmond Fontaine, has penned all ten tracks. Vlautin’s book Lean on Pete was recently released as a major motion picture. Richmond Fontaine broke up in 2016 after releasing over ten records.