The Other Half

An original story, inspired and sound tracked by
the music of My Darling Clementine.

In a rundown Memphis bar, three couples tell their very different stories. The bliss and the heartbreak; desire, death and domestic horror. That long and difficult search for… The Other Half.

Song and story come together in a powerful and moving show exploring the everyday tragedies of ordinary people falling in and out of love.

Pain, loss, violence. The lifeblood of crime fiction, but also the coal-black seam that runs through the very best country music. Could these dark stories have a more appropriate soundtrack? Billingham explains,

“I’ve written a good deal about the unusual horrors that can befall people, but when you listen to these songs, you realise that everyday life contains so much powerful drama and ordinary tragedy.

I wanted to write about the fact that love can do a lot more damage than hate, and the songs of My Darling Clementine describe that perfectly, so it’s a thrill to be working with Michael and Lou. […] Let’s not forget that I’m a crime-writer though, so I may sneak a murder or two in there as well…”
The Other Half, which is approximately one hour long, features Billingham reading his story and My Darling Clementine, performing as a duo, punctuating the narrative with those songs that inspired it. After the interval, audiences will be able to enjoy a full live set from MDC.


About the authors/artists

Mark Billingham is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and popular crime writers. His series of London-based novels featuring D.I. Tom Thorne has twice won him the Theakston’s Crime Novel Of The Year Award and his debut novel, Sleepyhead was chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 books that had shaped the decade. Each of his novels has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. A television series based on the Thorne novels was screened in 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne. Mark’s latest novel is The Bones Beneath.

My Darling Clementine are the leading lights of the British Americana/country music scene who have to date released two highly acclaimed albums, How Do You Plead? (2011) and The Reconciliation?(2013). Comprising husband-and-wife duo of Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish the band have a growing legion of fans, including such famous figures as Graham Norton and Bob Harris who’ve praised the couple while playing their songs on their BBC radio shows.

Mining a rich seam of country classicism, in particular the “countrypolitan” sounds of late ‘60’s Nashville, their debut album took the Americana world by storm and was hailed as the “finest country album ever made by a British artist.” It’s follow-up garnered even greater praise, seeing the band acknowledged by the Americana Music Association in Nashville in Sept 2013 and the album finding itself in many top ten list of last year, including the New York Daily News, Uncut and hip USA taste-maker web site Popmatters. 

“Michael and Lou are a Johnny and June for our times” American Songwriter

Tour Information

26th September 2015 7:30pm
Selby Town Hall
1st October 2015 7:30pm
Carriageworks Theatre
17th October 2015 8:00pm
The Ropewalk