Downton Abbey star and Hollywood actress Elizabeth McGovern, takes up lead vocal duties with her hotly-tipped band Sadie and the Hotheads, as they head out on a headlining UK tour in February 2013, in support of the new album ‘How Not To Lose Things’, which was released on the 29th October 2012.
McGovern’s acting career began with an accolade of starring roles working with many Hollywood A-Iisters including the likes of; Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt. However in the early 90’s she decided to exchange her Hollywood lifestyle in order to marry English director Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and have a more stable lifestyle in London.
She has been firmly settled in the UK now for 20 years, and recently said in an interview, “I probably feel a bit more English than American, I’ve always felt completely at home here.” Having recently received Golden Globe and Emmy Nominations for her role as Lady Cora in the ITV drama Downton Abbey, she is now widely recognized as somebody who is here to stay!
According to McGovern, Sadie and the Hotheads reinforces her American side, “it’s an Americana kind of sound, a mix of country and rock and roll. When I’m doing it I become more American, which is partly why I like it. But, oddly enough it’s as if I needed to be in London to discover this side of myself.” Within the band she likes to perform with guest singers, and most recently she has invited Michelle Dockery (who plays her eldest daughter in Downton Abbey) to perform on stage.
Sadie and the Hotheads are described intriguingly as beautiful, lyrical, gorgeous, honest, and unpretentious, McGovern’s unique soaring voice, teamed up with the Hotheads; the multifaceted Nelson Brothers, and an array of world-class musicians, will appeal to every fan of live music.
Elizabeth McGovern said, “I am in awe of the musicians who I had the opportunity to work with on this project. They create magic out of thin air! Time and time again, on whatever drafty stage or pub we happened to be in. With good humour and joy in their art, they begin to play. It gives me faith. That it's all worth it, for its own sake. For the joy. This is what I hope we can convey.”
Sadie & The Hotheads are Elizabeth McGovern on (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Simon Nelson (Guitar, Vocals), Steve Nelson (Bouzouki/ Vocals), Ron Knights (Bass), Nick Lacey (Piano), Lizzie Deane (Backing Vocals) & Terl Bryant (Drums) plus special guest Michelle Dockery.
Fri 8 Feb 13 Birmingham Adrian Boult Hall £21.00 0121 3450600
Sat 9 Feb 13 Worcester Huntingdon Hall £19.50 01905 746500
Sun 10 Feb 13 Bristol St. George’s Hall £19.50 0845 4024001
Sun 17 Feb 13 London Union Chapel £22.50 0207 2263750
Mon 18 Feb 13 Milton Keynes The Stables £19.50 01908 280811