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.
Lead singer 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”.
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 is called “I Can Wait” (2007). There is a strong country music 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”.
Sadie and the Hotheads will be playing at Wychwood on Sunday.