Govannen

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
Chris Conway - keyboards, Irish whistles, vocals
Neil Rabjohn - cajon drum, dance caller, vocals
Adele McMahon and/or Roger Wilson - violin



Concerts
Ceilidhs & Barn Dances
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Albums
click on covers for info and to hear soundclips
studio songs and tunes
live songs & tunes
 
Govannen The Endless Road
 
studio instrumental

other albums that feature Govannen


bridget mcmahaon cd celtic woman

Live Dates

2016
January 2016
 
23rd Sat
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Govannen - Husbands Bosworth Village Hall, Leicestershire - SOLD OUT!
concert
31st Sun
7.30pm
Govannen - Carington Arms, Ashby Folville, Leicestershire
concert
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February 2016
 
20th Sat
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Govannen - private party, South Kilworth
private party
26th Fri
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Govannen - The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
concert
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March 2016
 
5th Sat
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Govannen + The Black Swans - Potbelly Concert, Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering
concert
17th Thu
-
Govannen - Grants, Burrough On The Hill, Leicestershire
concert
18th Fri
-
Govannen - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Leicestershire
concert/meal
19th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, South Kilworth, Leicestershire
private party
20th Sun
4-6pm
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
25th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Whissendine
private party
26th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Tythe Barn, Bicester
private party
28th Mon
-
Govannen - private party, Tythe Barn, Bicester
private party
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April 2016
 
8th Fri
-
Govannen - Kibworth Bowling Club, Leicestershire
concert
9th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Greetham
private party
15th Fri
-
Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
23rd Sat
8pm
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Joules Yard, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
songs concert
30th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Bottesford
private party
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May 2016
 
1st Sun
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Govannen - private party
private party
14th Sat
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Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
20th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Dodmore House
private party
21st Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Burton Lazars
private party
28th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
29th Sun
-
Govannen - private party, Oakham
private party
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June 2016
 
4th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Barnsdale
private party
18th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
25th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Prestwold Hall
private party
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July 2016
 
2nd Sat
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Govannen - private party, Nr Market Harborough
private party
3rd Sun
2-4pm
Govannen - Village Hall, Owthorpe, Notts
concert
9th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
16th Sat
-
Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
31st Sun
-
Govannen - Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey
concert
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August 2016
 
4th Thu
-
Govannen - private party, Dodmoore House.
private party
5th Fri
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Govannen - Beer Festival, Dog and Partridge, Marchington, Staffordshire ST14 8LJ
concert
6th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Ashby Folville
private party
12th Fri
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Govannen - private party, Loughborough
private party
22nd Mon
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Govannen - private party, Castle Donnington, Leics
private party
26th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Oakham
private party
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September 2016
 
2nd Fri
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Govannen - The Nag's Head, Harby, Leicestershire
Celtic
3rd Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Buckinghamshire
private party
17th Sat
2.30pm
Govannen - Melton Beer Festival, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
concert
24th Sat
-
Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
.      
October 2016
 
8th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Northampton
private party
14th Fri
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Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
15th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Alvechurch
private party
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November 2016
 
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for Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's gigs go here

Govannen News
1st February 2016
studio news
Recording began in January for a new Govannen album - Celtic Air for Paradise Music label.
This will finish our cycle of elements fr the new age label - Healing Waters, Celtic Fire, Celtic Earth, Celtic Air.

Like the Healing Waters album, Christo will do the preproduction and get the Govannen band in for recording sessions in February. It promises to be an instrumental album of breezy tunes and slow airs.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5178604/

1st February 2016
roger wilson on tv
Jericho tv
Roger Wilson appeared in some episodes of the period ITV drama Jericho, playing violin in a group and also had a walk on scene.

1st January 2016
Photos
Chris Conway - Govannen @ Xmas Bash 2015

Photos have been uploaded from recent Govannen events

Xmas Bash - Kirby Bellars
Govannen Xmas Bash 2015

Noels Arms Melton Mowbray
Govannen @ the Noels Arms Dec 2105

14th December 2015
Govannen Xmas Bash

Govannen's annual Xmas bash was great fun!
As usual the audience brought their picnics and the 5 piece Govannen, played a varied set of familiar songs and tunes and a few rarer ones, plus a bit of Christmas foolishness.
CC brought his guitar and sang Carousell, and another highlight was a rare outing of the Alien Jellyfish Song!

30th September 2015
Joules Yard gig - photos
Govannen @ Joules Yard Sept 2015

Great concert at Joules Yard in September - what a night!
We really enjoyed playing to a listening, singing sell out crowd. Joules Yard is one of our favourite venues.

Rob Machon & Susie Q Pollard took some great photos on the night.
See them here


31th August
Govannen - National Forest Wood Fair
Govannen @ National Forest Wood Fair 2015

Govannen played again at The National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill. Sadly the weather was terrible as it rained most of the day, but we still got a crowd at our 2 slots and we sold a good few CDs.

Fingers crossed for better weather next year!

26th April
Govannen - The Endless Road - launch gig report
Govannen CD launch

Was a great night at Joules Yard to launch Govannen's The Endless Road album. It had pretty much filled up before we'd arrived. Lots of chums there and a great listening crowd. We started playing the tracks in order, then veered off. One of those night's where it all seems to flow effortlessly - the night just flew past. Definitely our best gig as a 5 piece and our best Joules Yard gig that I can remember in all our years there.

Some fun things...

1. Joules Yard is full of curiosities
2. Hats - everywhere. We joked about choosing our host Dave the ideal hat. He kept reappearing, clearing plates and glasses in ever more mad hats from his collection - top hats, Irish hats, pith helmet etc...
3. As we were talking about the new album, our host Dave brought out a bottle of champaigne and 5 glasses :-)
4. At the end of the night after we had mentioned that it was Govannen's 10th anniversary, Dave made a speech thanking us, and said that we had lasted 2 years longer than the Beatles but had a long way to go before we beat The Rolling Stones. As he left the stage we surprised him by playing The Beatles' - Can't Buy Me Love and The Stones' Honkeytonk Woman. - He'd only heard us play Irish music before then and it surprise him...
5. lovely comments from so many at the end and we sold 14 of the new CD :-)

7th April
Govannen - The Endless Road - new release
Govannen The Endless Road

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. :-)

see the recording session photos

20th March
Govannen St Patricks Vlog 2015

video


See the St Patrick's Week photos - here

20th January
Album recording resumes.
Dan Britton & Chris Conway
Dan & Christo hard at work


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.



Ceilidhs & Barn Dances
Govannen ceilidh

Ceilidhs

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.


Testimonials
Govannen  at The Musician


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


Links
Bookings

Dan Britton
Chris Conway
Chris Conway & Dan Britton page
Oblong Music
Paradise Music

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



Videos


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Photos

A Year In Photos
Govannen - The Endless Road album - rehearsal, BBC Radio Leicester interview & Concert @ Joules Yard, Market Harborough - April 2015

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Govannnen @ wedding in Coleshill - April 2015 - photos by CC & David Wilson

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Govannen - St Patrick's Week - The Royal Horseshoes Waltham On The Wolds, Barnsdale Lodge, TheGrange Asfordby, Old Dalby Village Hall, The Noels Arms Melton Mowbray, The Saddle Inn, Twyford - March 2015

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Govannen @ Tythe Barn - March 2015

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Govannen @ The Boat, Melton Mowbray - February 2015 - photos Emmanuel Williams

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Govannen - recording The Endless Road @ Tiny's Studio - February 2015

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Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 plus guests When Cousins Marry - December 2014 - photos by Jayne & Malcolm Sibson

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Govannen @ The Enchanted Faery Ball, Melton Mowbray - November 2014

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Govannen @ The White Lion, Whissendine - October 2014 - photo Emma Angus

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Govannen @ Joules Yard, Market Harborough - September 2014 - thanks to Emma Angus for the photos

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Govannen @ Melton Mowbray Beer Festival - September 2014 - thanks to Matt & audient for the photos

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Govannen ata soggy Wood fair, Beacon hill, Leicestershire - August 2014

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Dan Britton & CC @ Tiny's Studio recording with Govannen - August 2014

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Govannen - fooling and hanging around before wedding gigs - Brooksby & Woodhall Spa - August 2014

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Govannen @ Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey - July 2014 - photos by Rachel Allen & CC

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Govannen recording at Tiny's Studio, Leicester - July 2014

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Govannen @ Newark Beer Festival - May 2014

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