Govannen - one of the best Celtic music bands in the UK, blending jigs & reels with traditional & contemporary Irish songs.
Albums - Ranging from atmospheric Celtic chill-out music to live pub recordings, Govannen have sold over 10,000 albums worldwide. Two of their albums have won awards in the USA.
Ceilidhs & Barn Dances -
Govannen are the perfect choice for ceilidhs and barn dances for weddings, functions and parties where the emphasis is on fun.
"Govannen play with passion, artistry and an easy going good
humour, each in good measure for a night to remember" - Time Out
Govannen - Dan Britton - vocals, guitar, bodhran Adele McMahon - violin, vocals Chris Conway - keyboards, Irish whistles, vocals Roger Wilson - violin, vocals
Ceilidhs & Barn Dances
click on covers for info and to hear soundclips
studio songs and tunes
songs & tunes
instrumental - the elements series
other albums that feature Govannen
Govannen - private party, Countesthorpe
Govannen - private party, Northants
Govannen - private party, Croxton Kerrial
Govannen - private party, Kibworth
Govannen - Barrowden Beer Festival
Govannen - private party, Burton Lazars Village Hall
Govannen - private party, Barnsdale Lodge
Govannen - private party, Ilston on the Hill
Govannen - Burns Night, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre, Leicestershire
Govannen - private party, Barnsdale
Govannen - private party, Eye Kettleby Lakes
Govannen - private party, Aston On Trent
Dan Britton & Martin Cole - private party, Devon
Govannen - private party, Donnington
Govannen - private party, Normanton on Soar
Govannen - private party, Donnington
Govannen - private party,
Govannen - private party, Caldecott
Govannen - private party, venue tbc
Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's
gigs go here
2nd April 2021
unlocked songs - new studio songs album from Christo!
CC's new songs album Unlocked Songs is released . The songs were all written in lockdown year (apart from 2 that were substantially rewritten from songs I wrote in the early 90s). There's quite a bit of variety - singer-songwriter West Coast songs, bossas, piano ballads, and some Celtic touches and 1 filk/sci-fi song!
I had some remotely added special guests on percussion - Govannen chums, Dan Britton & Neil Rabjohn, and my Aramara chum Zorpinda Zorpin.
original govannen line-up make video together for st patricks
The original Govannen line-up made a video using the Acapella app! Playing Spancil Hill - Dan, Adele, Chris & from Ireland, Adele's sister Bridget!.
5th July 2020
chris's lockdown songs youtube playlist
Lately CC has been playing a 15 minute set every Thursday on Facebook at The Virtual Monday Music Club.
He's made a playlist on YouTube where you can see all of his streamed sets - filmed straight to his phone (he has a nice phone!) - 14 little sets at time of writing. He tries to play different songs each time, so each video will be different. It's been fun dseeing what old and forgotten songs he'll choose each week. :-)
See the Lockdown Songs Playlist - HERE
18th June 2020
dan britton - sins as red as scarlet - new ep
Dan has released a new EP featuring a companion song with anotther historical novel by Janet Few, following the success of Barefoot On The Cobbles. Sins As Red As Scarlet is about 3 women in a Devon town in 1684 who are sentenced to the gallows for the crime of witchcraft.
Chris plays keyboards, whistles and harmony vocals on it.
Also included is Magical Time, plus a new arrangement of The Snow And The Fire.
It's time for another fly on the wall video diary of Govannen's St Patrick's Weekend
Ceilidhs & Barn Dances
Govannen also can provide Ceilidh Dances with our expert dance caller Neil Rabjohn for weddings, functions and parties.
The focus on our ceilidhs is fun and informality - dance experience
is not necessary and Neil will clearly guide you
through the steps.
...and when you've had enough Ceilidh dancing...
As a break from the Ceilidh dancing or as a great way to round the evening
off, Govannen can play a range of popular songs for everyone
to have a bop.
Wedding 14th September 2019
So sorry it’s taken me SO LONG to write to you to say a huge thank you.
Having done a fair few ceilidhs, we really wanted to make sure we picked a charismatic band and caller- you guys nailed it. So many of our guests who don’t usually dance were up on the floor, and the photos are brilliant! I only wish we’d had a bigger dance floor for everyone. - Victoria & Aled
Wow!! What a party on Saturday! I loved every minute! The band were brilliant!!! - so many praising comments from my guests! - Thank you SO much for treating me so specially and for your enthusiasm, creating a fab and fun atmosphere! Can't wait to do it again! Love and thanks to you. - Diane, Tilsworth
you so much – I had such a great time. Everyone loved you – the
mix of music was perfect.
Thank you all so much for a really memorable evening" - Donna, Bedfordshire
"Just wanted to say a really huge thank you to Govannen for the
live music at our party.
It was a fantastic night - everyone throroughly enjoyed themsleves and
the band contributed immensley to the atmosphere and fun we all had.
They were brilliant in every way. Discreet setting up, flexible in their
timing and responsive to the moods and tastes of our guests. I received
so many positive comments about the night and most mentioned how impressed
they were with the quality of the musicians. There was a splattering
of Irish among the guests too, who enjoyed every minute! The band played
some great choices of music and certainly got everyone up on the dance
floor, which is what I had hoped for." - Sally and Andy, Rutland
"We just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the rest of
Govannen for helping to make our wedding day so special. Everybody loved
the band and the music/dancing was everything we wanted and more" - Jo & Dan, Rutland.
"We are back from honeymoon now and I just wanted to thank you
for making our wedding so special. We have had so many people tell us
how great they thought you were" - Emma, Leicestershire
"I wanted to get in touch and say thank you again for the fantastic
music & service you provided during our wedding .... was really
pleased at how much everyone enjoyed the music, and the dancing - we
have had lots of positive feedback. John deserves a medal I think for
managing to whip everyone into (some sort! of) shape. We had a lovely
day, but you definitely made our evening." Heather & Tim,