Hotheaded Lady Cora sings Americana
DOWNTON Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern might be hoping her creator Sir Julian Fellowes won't be travelling the 20 miles from his West Stafford home to Wimborne's Tivoli Theatre on 6th February next year – or he'll catch the Duchess of Grantham moonlighting, as the singer in Sadie and the Hotheads.
The American actress has a healthy career as a singer as well as the simpering wife of Hugh Bonneville, and local audiences can hear her band promote the new album, How Not to Lose Things, at the Tiv in Febuary.
She turned her back on a successful Hollywood career 20 years ago, for a more stable lifestyle in London with her husband, the film producer and director Simon Curtis, since when she has been firmly established in the UK.
But Sadie and the Hotheads reconnects her with 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," says Lady Cora.
She has invited Michelle Dockery (who plays her eldest daughter in Downton Abbey) to perform on stage with the band.
Sadie and The Hotheads are Elizabeth McGovern on guitar and lead vocals, Simon Nelson on guitar and vocals, Steve Nelson on bouzouki and vocals, Ron Knights on bass, Nick Lacey on piano, Lizzie Deane on backing vocals and Terl Bryant on drums, with occasional input from special guest Michelle Dockery.
Contact the Tivoli for more details.