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Elizabeth McGovern's Sadie And The Hotheads announce February dates (2013)

Sadie & The Hotheads

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey‘s own ‘Lady Cora’, aka Elizabeth McGovern, will be on tour with her band Sadie and the Hotheads in February 2013 supporting their new album How Not To Loose Thing.

The band will play a total of five dates, including a performance at London’s Union Chapel on Sunday, February 17, 2013 (see dates below).

McGovern’s acting career began with an accolade of starring roles working with many Hollywood A-listers, including the likes of Robert De Niro, Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.

However, in the early ’90s 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 vocals team up with the multi-faceted Nelson Brothers, and an array of world-class musicians.

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.

The Sadie & The Hotheads UK tour dates are (all February 2013):

8 – Birmingham, Adrian Boult Hall (£21)
9 – Worcester Huntingdon Hall (£19.50)
10 – Bristol, St. George’s Hall (£19.50)
17 – London, Union Chapel (£22.50)
18 – Milton Keynes, The Stables (£19.50)