Sadie and the Hotheads Biography

Sadie and the Hotheads Group Photo

Sadie and the Hotheads were born in 2007 when Elizabeth McGovern took guitar lessons from Steve Nelson. Steve encouraged Elizabeth to begin to write her own songs. After a collection had been composed Steve introduced Elizabeth to Simon Nelson who started recording the songs and put together a band of musicians to support the project.

Elizabeth says, "Your 'Sadie' is that thing inside you which makes you unique. Everyone has it." The songs which make up the band's repertoire could have come from various periods from the last hundred years. Victorian Parlour Ballads, to fractured , minimalist riffs to tango rhythms. Their debut album "I Can Wait" was released in 2007. There is a strong 'Country' influence throughout. However, the audience are kept on their toes with a surprise fusion of Spanish guitar and melodic piano chords that give this album a truly original sound which has been described by critics as: "A wonderfully unique sounding album", a "great pop record", "intriguing and very catchy", "a mesmerising debut from a band which brings together two very different worlds". Their second album 'How Not To Lose Things' was released towards the end of 2012 and was met with more critical acclaim in many of the UK's broadsheets, tabloid newspapers and music magazines. "With a beautiful voice that is both fragile and husky, but distinctly hers, Elizabeth McGovern lends a quirky charm to the deft musicianship of the Hot Heads. Inspired by the likes of Leonard Cohen & Joni Mitchell, the band delves deep into their musical ability, conjuring thoughts of love and lust. An alluring vocalist, McGovern blends sultry, seductive and sweet, making this latest album their best yet."

Since its release, the band have toured the UK and have or are appearing at the Isle of Wight festival (for the second year running), Cornbury Festival, Wychwood Festival and have secured 9 nights at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival plus a prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival slot opening for Sting. They are due to headline a second UK tour in the autumn and are special guests to Mike & the Mechanics anniversary tour in early 2014.

The band are currently in the studio recording new tracks with Sting producer 'Kipper' which include guest appearances by Nashville legends Gretchen Peters and her husband Barry Walsh.

Elizabeth has also become a World Vision ambassador and Sadie & The Hotheads a World Vision band. Elizabeth says "I am honoured and proud to be associated with such a worthy organisation".

Sadie and the Hotheads are:

Elizabeth McGovern. Songwriter, vocals, acoustic guitar

Elizabeth began her career as an actress. She made her professional debut in Robert Redford's Ordinary People, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year. The next year, Elizabeth herself was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Milos Forman's Ragtime, also starring James Cagney. Since then, she has divided her time between theatre, film and television. Her films include, Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America," Curtis Hanson's "Bedroom Window," and the John Hugh's comedy: "She's Having a Baby"

Recently, she received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her role as Cora, Countess of Grantham in the multi award winning "Downton Abbey".

The Hotheads are a superb bunch of veteran musicians that consist of -

Simon Nelson - electric and acoustic guitars, dobro.

Steve Nelson - acoustic guitar, bouzouki, banjo.

Terl Bryant - drums and percussion.

Ron Knights – bass.

Nick Lacey - piano, keyboards, penny whistle.

Danica Chapman - backing vocals 

Between them they have worked with - John Paul Jones, Joss Stone, Faith Hill, Ms. Dynamite, Beverley Knight, Desree, Mavis Staples, Walter Trout, Pete Murphy, Roddy Frame & Maddy Prior to name a few.