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
live songs & tunes
Govannen - As I Roved Out
Govannen As I Roved Out square
studio instrumental - the elements series
Govannen - Celtic Air
Xmas instrumental
Govannen Celtic Christmas

other albums that feature Govannen

bridget mcmahaon cd celtic woman

Live Dates
June 2021
July 2021
17th Sat
Govannen - private party, Countesthorpe
private party
August 2021
2nd Mon
Govannen - private party, Northants
private party
7th Sat
Govannen - private party, Croxton Kerrial
private party
18th Wed
Govannen - private party, Kibworth
private party
29th Sun
Govannen - Barrowden Beer Festival
September 2021
18th Sat
Govannen - private party, Burton Lazars Village Hall
private party
October 2021
23rd Sat
Govannen - private party, Barnsdale Lodge
private party
November 2021
20th Sat
Govannen - private party, Ilston on the Hill
private party
December 2021

January 2022
21st Sat
Govannen - Burns Night, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre, Leicestershire
29th Sat
Govannen - private party, Barnsdale
private party
February 2022
March 2022
12th Sat
Govannen - private party, Eye Kettleby Lakes
private party
26th Sat
Govannen - private party, Aston On Trent
private party
April 2022
May 2022
7th Sat
Dan Britton & Martin Cole - private party, Devon
private party
25th Wed
Govannen - private party, Donnington
private party
June 2022
18th Sat
Govannen - private party, Normanton on Soar
private party
25th Sat
Govannen - private party, Donnington
private party
July 2022
2nd Sat
Govannen - private party,
private party
9h Sat
Govannen - private party, Caldecott
private party
August 2022
6th Sat
Govannen - private party, venue tbc
private party
September 2022
October 2022
November 2022
December 2022

for Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's gigs go here

Govannen News
2nd April 2021
unlocked songs - new studio songs album from Christo!
Chris Conway Unlocked Songs

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.

It's my first solo studio songs album for 3 years, the last being We're All Astronauts. I hope you enjoy it.


Album Webpage - for CDs (Paypal), info, and track by track liner notes
Bandcamp - downloads, streaming, and CDs
Spotify - streaming
Apple Music - soon

17th March 2021
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 -

18th June 2020

dan britton - sins as red as scarlet - new ep

Dan Britton EP Sins As Red As Scarlet
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.

The link to the book HERE

Hear/download/order the CDEP HERE.
13 March 2020
govannen in lockdown videos

On Govannen's Facebook Dam & Christo & frienda have been posting "Govannen in Lockdown" videos - there are 8 so far -
Govannen Facebook Page

13 March 2020
covid-19 - cancellations

We've had our first cancellation due to the Covid-19 virus
, and it's likely that more will follow, so keep an eye on the live dates page and check on the day before you depart.
11th March 2020
st patricks month
 Roger Wilson - Govannen @ Corby Arts Centre

Yes St Patricks is soon upon us, and the usual manix run of gigs - we've already played one of them. Christo will doubtless try to capture some of the action on his St Pats video.

5th December 2019
govannen music used on dreamworks "how to train your dragon" animation special
 Snoggletog LogGovannen Celtic Christmas

Music from Govannen's Celtic Christmas album will feature on a DreamWorks animation How To Train Your Dragon - "Snoggletog Log" Xmas special out now.

It's streamable on Hulu and the feature will be a bonus feature on the DVD. It's a 30 minute Yule Log scene with characters popping up now and then. Here's some info on the show.

Govannen Celtic Christmas links
album page

10th April 2019
govannen st patrick's weekend vlog 2019
It's time for another fly on the wall video diary of Govannen's St Patrick's Weekend

Ceilidhs & Barn Dances
Govannen ceilidh


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.

Govannen  at The Musician

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

"Thank 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, Bedfordshire


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For bookings please email us with date, time, place and the type of event - eg ceilidh, concert, wedding, etc...

Booked us and would like a Govannen blank A4 poster? - download it here

You can also contact us through our agents -
DGMusic Agency
Bandsandmusicians agency
Counties Folk Agency


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A Year In Photos
Govannen - at Thornton Community Centre - and with guest Uiliean piper Michael Coughlan at Barnsdale Hall Hotel - December - 2017
Govannen @ Thornton Community Cente . Govannen + special guest
Govannen Leics Wildlife Hospital Barn Dancel - The Big Circle - October 2017
Govannen - Leicest Hospital Barn Dance

Govannen @ Melton Beer Festival - the traditional hasty meal photo - September 2017
Govannen @ Melton Beer Festival 2017 . Govannen @ Melton Beer Festival 2017 .

Govannen @ Bradgate Folk & Acoustic Picnic - Bradgate Park - August 2017 - photos thanks to Mark Kent
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Govannen @ Don Paddy's, Uppingham - August 2017
. . . Govannen @ Don Paddy's Uppingham

Govannen out and about- Great Easton, White Lion Whissendine, Meriden- July 2017
Govannen @ Great Easton . Govannen @ Great Easton . Govannen -  White Lion, Whissendine . Govannen Meriden Wedding ceilidh

Govannen - Tea With A Twist - Launde Abbey - July 2017 - photos by G
Govannen - Launde Abbey 2017 . Govannen - Launde Abbey 2017 . Govannen - Launde Abbey 2017

Govannen out and about @ The Royal Horseshoes Waltham, Caldecott Barn Dance, Thurlby wedding ceilidh, Owthorpe Village, Sileby birthday ceilidh - June 2017

Govannen @ The Royal Horseshoes . Govannen @ Caldecott . Govannen @ Caldecott . Govannen @ Owthorpe Village Hall . Govannen @ Owthorpe Village Hall . Govannen @ Thurlby .

Govannen - Leics Animal Hospital Barn Dance, Countesthrope - May 2017
Govannen - Leics Animal Hospotal Barn Dance

Govannen @ a rainy Kelmarsh Country Fair - April 2017 - thanks to Michael Buxton for the photos
Govannen @ Kelmarsh Country Fair . Chris Conway - Govannen @ Kelmarsh Country Fair . Chris Conway - Govannen @ Kelmarsh Country Fair

Govannen out and about photos & video
Husbands Bosworth Village Hall, St Patrick's night @ The Grange Asfordby Hill, The Noel Arms, Melton Mowbray & Rothley Court - March 2017
Husbands Bosworth Village Hall .Govannen @ The Grange - St Patricks 2017 .
Govannen @ The Noels Arms,
.Govannen @ The Noels Arms, .Govannen @ Rothley Court

Govannen @ Countesthrope Village Hall Leics, Dodmoor House Northants, & The Boat Pub Melton Mowbray - February 2017
Govannen - at Countesthorpe Village Hall.Govannen - at Dodmoor House .Govannen - at The Boat, Melton Mowbray