July. And so to the first of our trips abroad (the Isle of Wight doesn’t count). Heathrow, Terminal 1, the VIP lounge, en route to Dublin. We’re minus our two ‘Irishmen’, Terl and Nick, who are missing the ‘gig’ due to prior commitments.

Sadie and the Hotheads on stage at The Isle Of Wight Festival

June. Sadie’s back from LA and we’re leaving London, on the road again. Off to Gloucester Rugby Club where we’re opening for Ronan Keating. Taking the M4, heading west: The ‘M4 corridor’, opened in 1971, was originally known as the London-South Wales Motorway.

New York to Mojave Desert

May. Grey clouds and a hard wind. The coldest Spring for over 50 years. Driving down the A3 to Kipper’s Barn. New strings on the banjo, Patty Griffin on the system.

Elizabeth McGovern

It may not be the Catskill Mountains but south of the M25, east of the M23, we found our own ‘Big Pink’. A cold, wet morning in April. Coming together to rehearse, record and hang out.  

Sadie and the Hotheads with Gretchen Peters

Friday 15th March. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London. This fine example of the massive concrete forms, known in 1960’s Britain as ‘Brutalist Architecture’, hosts daily classical, jazz, folk, avant-garde and dance performances.

And so to the last gig of the tour. Picking up Sadie in West London, driving up through Acton, around the North Circular and on to the M1, heading north to Milton Keynes. A bright, sunlit day but very cold. Listening to Gretchen Peters’ wonderful new CD ‘Hello Cruel World’. 

Sadie and the Hotheads backstage at Union Chapel

Union Chapelin Islington, north London, designed by James Cubitt and built between 1874 and 1877, is a working church, live entertainment venue and charity drop-in centre for the homeless, which describes itself as "liberal, inclusive, non-hierarchical, and non-conformist".

The Sadie tour. February 6th 2013. Wednesday. 12 noon. Loaded up and pulling out of Mortlake. Matt Hay at the wheel. Heading to Ealing Studios to pick up Elizabeth.

Chiswick Bridge in the Sun

The day finally arrives; day one of the first Sadie and the Hotheads UK tour. The splitter wasn't ready, so we're finally heading off at noon. Steve, Matt, Terl, Nick, Philly and Simon. 

As the Central Line pulls out of the tunnel to the West London suburbs sunlight stabs through the trees in to the carriage from an ice-blue, Winter sky. To North Acton - guitar on back and a suitcase full of effects; fuzz, echo, tremolo…