HUSBAND and wife duo Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish will be celebrating the music of one of Wirral’s favourite sons in Thornton Hough next month.

The show on October 1 will be the first My Darling Clementine concert since lockdown began and also coincides with the release of their new album, Country Darkness - the songs of Elvis Costello, which sees them collaborate with long-term Costello sideman Steve Nieve.

The show will feature a number of Costello songs from the new album, as well as many from My Darling Clementine’s nine year back catalogue.

Michael said: “We didn’t expect to be launching our new album at Thornton Hough but given it is just down the road from Elvis’ old home town of Birkenhead, we can’t think of anywhere better. It’s perfect.

“Making these recordings took me back to my 19-year-old-self, out buying a copy of Almost Blue during my lunch hour. It was Elvis and Steve’s making of that album which set me, and I think many others of my generation, off along a country path to discover more about this form of music previously only viewed with suspicion.”

My Darling Clementine began as a homage to the classic country duets of the 60s and 70s á la George Jones and Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Their 2011 debut, How Do You Plead?, featured some of London’s finest musicians from the 70s pub rock era and was immediately acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Their second long player The Other Half became an album, an audio book, and a stage show and featured contributions from actor David Morrisey and singer songwriter Graham Parker.

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