Govannen - Ab Kettleby Village Hall, Leicestershire
Govannen - private party
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3rd March 2013
Roger and Dan hard at work
Govannen have been in the studio to start some recording for a new album. The album will be a mix of original songs of Christo's and Dan's and Roger's and add some new tunes.
The aim is to make an album with the 5 piece band that would suit folk festivals and art centres, an area we haven't much gone into yet.
It will take some time as co-ordinating 5 of us with gigs, family and work commitments will be tricky but Roger, Dan and I have made a start on 4 tracks.
We are also making a live compilation bootleg of popular songs and tunes we play at pubs. The Christmas concert recording has come out well - we will try to record a few more concerts over this month so we get a wide choice... Chris wants to call it "Snort The Camel" which we always joked would be our follow-up to "Sniff The Pony" would be but not everyone in the band is convinced...
30th December 2013
Govannen Xmas/New Year Bash
Govannen Xmas/New Year Bash was another great night - sold out! 100 folks came and had their picnic as we played songs and tunes, a couple from our Celtic Christmas album, new member Roger Wilson sang some of his songs, Chris sang his song Superheroes Never Die from his new Deep Space Love album, and we played a bundle of requests - thanks to all who came down. See photos here
25th December 2013
Govannen Celtic Christmas - track demo
11th November 2013
Govannen - Celtic Christmas - new release
The Govannen Celtic Christmas album for the Paradise Music label is released!
Traditional carols get a Celtic twist and are played in sets as jigs & reels. These alternate with slow airs of Celtic carols.
Govannen are featured as a 5 piece band with recent memeber Roger Wilson for the first time and as with other Govannen albums on the Paradise label, we are joined by special guest Bridget McMahon on atmospheric vocals.
We have been busy recording a Celtic Christmas album for the Paradise Music label. Recording has completed and the artowrk and graphics complete and it went to the factory for pressing today for release in November. It is expected that it could be released online even sooner.
As with our other albums for Paradise the album is instrumental and features traditional carols played Govannen style as jigs & reels alternating with slow airs of Celtic carols from Irealnd and Brittany with a jig or two thrown in. It features the 5 piece band with Roger Wilson for the first time and Bridget McMahon flew over to add her atmospheric vocals.
More news when we have it - we will announce cover art soon...
19th October 2013
We recently had our first photoshoot in years. We needed photos of the band in 5 piece format and in 4 piece format with Roger instead of Adele which will occur next year as they jobshare.
Our old friend Marc Postelthwaite who took Storm Thieves photos 20+ years ago came over from Poland to shoot them before our gig in Leicester at Curve outside neighbouring buildings.
See photos from the shoot here
12th September 2013
Dan opened for Jim White on Thursday 13th Sept at The Musician, Leicester. Dan is a big fan of Jim's and his Still Waters song is one of his top 5 fave songs of all time so it was a thrill for Dan to be invited to play with Jim White on that song.
6th September 2013
Now We Are 5 (sometimes)
We are happy to announce our new bandmember - amazing violin player Roger Wilson.
What? But we've already got a fiddle player, I hear you say.
Adele was finding it hard with her kids to make so many gigs that we are getting so Roger Wilson is coming in as a job share. Sometimes it will be Adele, and sometimes it will be Roger.
And sometimes... Govannen will play as a 5 piece with twin fiddles!!!
Roger is one of the leading violin players in the country and has played with the cream of the UK folk scene including Martin Carthy and Kate Rusby and has already played with us
at one gig and he fit right in.
23rd June 2013
Govannen's Celtic Earth album wins world music award.
Govannen's album Celtic Earth won a 2013 COVR Visionary Award at the International New Age Trade Show in Denver, Colorado USA. The award was for best World Music album, COVR is a new age trade organisation and their annual award ceremony is a big event on the new age scene calender. This is quite a year for Celtic Earth as a track from it won best jigs & reels track on Celtic Radio, voted by listeners.
The COVR award, a marble oblisk, will sit nicely with the COVR award Govannen also won in 2010 for the Celtic Fire album.
June 21st 2013
Midsummer Ceilidh for Leukemi & Lymphoma Research, Nottingham
The night was a great success and £1200 was raised for the charities.
April 11th 2013
Chris has a new science fiction songs album
Chris has a new album of science fiction songs - Deep Space Love. He threatened to sing some at a Govannen gig unless we mentioned on this website.
For goodness sake humour him and give it a listen or even better, buy a copy... Check it out here.
March 18th 2013
Govannen - St Patricks weekend Vlog
Here is the vlog of Govannen's St Patrick's weekend...
March 5th 2013
Kidney Care Barn Dance
A quick shout out about our annual Kidney Care Barn Dance in aid of the Kidney Care Appeal.
Friday March 8th - Charles Wilson Building 2nd floor, Leicester University, 7pm. £12
PS - a great time was had and £500 was raised for Kidney Care. Thanks to all those who came down and danced their socks off!
March 4th 2013
Cajon Drum Workshop
National Learn To Play Day
Following our appearance at Acoustic Avalon back in November 2012, where Neil played a J Leiva cajon, he will be playing his new J Leiva Medina cajon at the National Learn To Play Day event at Sheehan's London Road shop on Saturday 16th March. To find out more about the event and to book on to any of the workshops visit http://www.sheehans.com/news/nltpd
The cajon workshop starts at 11:00am and Neil will be there to talk about J Leiva cajons and give people a chance to play them.
'1. Dan played the bodhran at a fantastic session recently at The Old Smithy pub in Welcombe, N Devon. The session is run by fiddle player Martin Cole who is married to Dan's second cousin. Martin is also a fabulous luthier..go to www.martincoleguitars.co.uk to check out his website'.
2. Chris is putting the finishing touches to his filk (science fiction songs) album. It is to be called Deep Space Love and will be released in the next month or so.
26th January 2013
Govannen played at a posh Burns Night benefit for NSPCC at Aston Villa Stadium organised by the Ed James Group. Thousands were raised for a great cause and Sir Doug Ellis donated £1.4Million on the night to Childline !
We got a 5 course meal into the bargain and cheekily asked the function photographer from Seven Star Photography who kindly 0bliged in exchange for a CD. :-)
1st January 2013
happy new year from govannen!!!
Thanks to everyone who has come to see us play, bought or downloaded an album or track, booked us to play, or just supported in any way us in our busiest year yet.
In 2012 we played 64 gigs and released our 5th album Celtic Earth.
See you in 2013...
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,