Govannen - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Leicestershire
Govannen - private party, South Kilworth, Leicestershire
Govannen - private party, Tythe Barn, Bicester
Govannen - private party
Govannen - private party
Govannen - private party, Prestwold Hall
Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's
gigs go here
Govannen - The Endless Road - album launch
The album launch for Govannen's new album The Endless Road is soon!!! Saturday April 25th -
Doors open 7pm - music at 8pm. Joules Yard , Market Harborough. LE16 7AF
£15 ticket includes barbeque meal.
Booking essential - 01858 463250
Govannen - The Endless Road - new release
Govannen's new album arrived from the pressing plant today!
Hear all tracks (apart from one), read info and order your CD on the new album page website here
1. it contains songs and tunes.
2. it features the 5 piece band.
3. it includes 3 original songs - one each from Chris, Dan & Roger
4. it's on the Oblong label
5. we tried to get our live sound in the studio - we succeeded. :-)
Work will resume on the album we started last year at Tiny's Studios. Things stopped when we got busy and Roger went off to theatreland. We just need a few days to finish off what we did, and a couple more for mixing...
To be honest we've not heard what we recorded there in quite a while so it'll be fresh again.
More news when he have it.
2015 marks 10 years since Govannen became a band of that name with the release of the Healing Waters album. Prior to 2005 Dan Britton, Adele & Bridget McMahon & occasionally Chris Conway performed as The McMahons.
Chris had started recording albums for a new age label Paradise Music, who asked him for a Celtic album - so he called in his bandmates to record with and chose the name of Celtic god Govannen from a list of mythological names on the internet - Govannen was a blacksmith who made invincible swords and those who drank from the cups he made were cured of their ills - which seemed to go with Healing Waters. And it sounded like a good band name :-)
10 years - 6 albums and a lot of gigs later, we are still going strong. :-)
15th December 2014
Govannen Xmas Bash
Our annual Govannen Xmas bash - 100 people come and bring picnics to Kirby Bellars Village Hall - something of a tradition - we recorded our Sniff The Pony album there 7 years ago...
Dan & Neil's other band When Cousins Marry opened the evening with their hillbilly songs.
Then twas Govannen and we ambled our way through old and - well mostly old songs and tunes. I only sang one song - Lifespell - as I was still recovering from bug but was so happy that i could do the gig as it's a speical one in the calendar. I felt a little removed from it but it was a nice releaxed one this year. I brought the theremin and did some fairly loose xmas carols on it... see photos here
4th November 2014
Enchanted Faery Ball
Govannen played at the Enchanted Faery Ball at The Market Tavern in Melton Mowbray on Nov 1st and played 2 sets - of course including King Of the Faeries. :-) They even got into the spirit of things by wearing plastic pixie ears - see photos below or here
1st November 2014
Roger In Theatreland
Roger Wilson is leaving us over the winter to join the cast of Treasure Island on the stage in London! The production is the same team that made War Horse, that Roger was also in. We look forward to Roger joining us again in the spring or he may be able to join us for the odd gig if his performnaces allow.
Celtic Gold an album of relaxing Celtic ambient music inspired by Celtic myths of healing. What started out as an idea for a minimal sparse meditational album along the way turned into a bit of an epic.
It features the Irish flutes and whistles strongly and full instrumentation is - Irish tin & low whistles, Irish flute, piano, keyboards, acoustic & electric 9 string & nylon string guitars, zither, electric kantele, kalimba, voice, temple bells, bamboo & metal chimes.
'Dan has recorded a song called Heartman Blues (Joe Alone) which he has written as a companion song to the new crime novel 'Heartman' by Dan's friend M P Wright. The song was recorded at Tiny Studios..more details to follow...!
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.
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,