My Darling Clementine to bring folk outfit to Carlisle

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ACCLAIMED British folk duo My Darling Clementine's show in Cumbria next month promises to be one of the highlights in Cumbria's live music calendar.

The internationally-renowned Midlands outfit, who have played more than 400 shows across Europe and North America and picked up numerous accolades and awards, perform at Carlisle's Old Fire Station on Saturday July 1.

What began life as a side-project for Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish has now become very much part of the country and Americana landscape.

Their debut album, How Do You Plead?, was released in 2011, and immediately lauded on both sides of the Atlantic, leading to a US record deal and invitations to appear at the Americana Music Association in Nashville and South By Southwest in Austin in 2013.

That year's follow-up, The Reconciliation, was included by online magazine Popmatters in its Top 10 Country Albums of 2013, and 2015's The Other Half, written with crime author Mark Billingham , was praised by BBC Radio 4 and the "Americana bible" No Depression.

The fourth album, Still Testifying, was released last month, so expect a night of celebration, based around the new material.

Recorded over the summer of 2016, it is a further shifting away from classic country to embrace gospel and country soul.

The pedal steel has given way to horns, the twang given way to wah-wah and the fiddle replaced by strings, with the songwriting channelling the likes of Dan Penn and Micky Newbury.

They pulled in an array of the finest UK musicians with a love and understanding of mid-60s era Atlantic Records, players who between them have worked with Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Ben E King, Van Morrison, Dr John and Doug Sahm.

My Darling Clementine will head to the Old Fire Station on Saturday July 1

Tickets are available from the box office and Skiddle.com

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