Edinburgh. What does the name evoke?

• The Edinburgh Military Tattoo (which was always a highlight on the TV when I was small).

• Edinburgh Castle.

• The University of Edinburgh (graduates include Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott). 

I haven’t been there often. The Nelson Brothers went to Scotland on holiday and made the walk up the hill to the majestic castle. I once played there on a curious double bill with a folky singer-songwriter and the disgraced, now redeemed, former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken who was reading from his new book. We caught the train up, did the gig then got the sleeper back. I had a romantic notion of the sleeper train - it was grim. We left Edinburgh around midnight and rattled slowly down the starless tracks. It seemed I awoke every five minutes and arrived exhausted in London at around 6:00am.

• The Edinburgh Festival.

And so to Sadie and the Hotheads at the Edinburgh Festival; a whole nine days of concerts, radio, TV, media, and street busking. It’s always a joy when the Hotheads reconvene; the laughter starts, the creativity, the music. Sometimes when there’s been a break because of the Downton Abbey filming schedule it feels like you’ve got back on your bicycle and forgotten how to ride – but that abates once Terl starts the first count-in.

As the preparations fall into place (the van is loaded, the tickets booked), there’s a feeling of excitement and anticipation. A run like this is great for the band – get the tunes tight, maybe venture off the beaten track a bit, loosen up creatively, explore some new songs, create a sonic tapestry.

It seems appropriate for actress come singer-songwriter to appear at the Edinburgh Festival. Elizabeth was keen as soon as the possibility was mentioned. Lady Cora becomes Elizabeth McGovern becomes Sadie and swaps Downton Abbey for the Edinburgh Festival.

A few days to go – look North.

If you’re around in Edinburgh please come along and say hello:


17th – 25th August.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 at the New Town Theatre

Ticket on sale and can be bought by calling the Box office on 0131 220 0123 or the following links.






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