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
Xmas instrumental
Govannen The Endless Road
Govannen Celtic Christmas
studio instrumental - the elements series
Govannen - Celtic Air

other albums that feature Govannen


bridget mcmahaon cd celtic woman

Live Dates

2016
December 2016
 
3rd Sat
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Govannen - private party, Dodmoor House
private party
10th Sat
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Govannen - Xmas Bash, Kirby Twins, Kirby Bellars Village Hall, Leicestershire
concert
18th Sun
4pm
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray
concert
       
       
January 2017
 
14th Sat
-
Govannen - Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire
concert
27th Sat
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Govannen - Oakham Rugby Club
Burns Night
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February 2017
 
24th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Dodmoor House
private party
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March 2017
 
4th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Husbands Bosworth
private party
11th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Thornton Community Centre, Coalville
private party
17th Fri
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Govannen - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray
concert
18th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
concert
19th Sun
-
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray
private party
24th Fri
-
Govannen - Old Dalby Village Hall, Leics
concert
25th Sat
-
Govannen - Old Village Hall, Old, Northamptonshire
concert
26th Sun
-
Govannen - private partyy Rothley, Leics
private party
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April 2017
 
8th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Melton Mowbray
private party
15th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
16th Sun
-
Govannen - Kelmarsh Country Show
concert
22nd Sat
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Govannen - private party, Wootten Park
private party
   
May 2017
 
6th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Barnsdale Lodge
private party
12th Fri
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Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Eastwell Village Hall, Leics
chris & dan
13th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Bosworth
private party
26th Fri
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Govannen - The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
concert
       
June 2017
 
10th Sat
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Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
17th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Caldecott
private party
24th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Thurlby
private party
25th Sun
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Govannen - Don Paddy's, Uppingham, Rutland
concert
   
July 2017
 
2nd Sun
3pm
Govannen - Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey
concert
8th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Melton Mowbray
private party
15th Sat
-
Govannen - private party,
private party
   
August 2017
 
5th Sat
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Govannen - Village Ceilidh, Harston
ceilidh
27th Sun
day
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent
chris & dan
       
   
September 2017
 
8th Fri
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Govannen - private party, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
private party
9th Sat
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Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
16th Sat
2pm
Govannen - Melton Beer Festival, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
concert
       
October 2017
 
27th Fri
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Govannen - The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
concert
28th Sat
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Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Burton Lazars Village Hall, Leicestershire
chris & dan
       
November 2017
 
4th Sat
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Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - The Guildhall, Leicester
chris & dan
25th Sat
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Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Kettering Arts Centre
chris & dan
       
December 2017
 
2nd Sat
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Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Alstonfield Village Hall, Derbyshire
chris & dan
16th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Barnsdale Hall Hotel
private party
30th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Oakham
private party
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for Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's gigs go here

Govannen News
24th November 2016
chris conway & dan Britton - safe harbour - new release
Chris Conway & Dan Britton Safe Harbour



Studio album by singer songwriters & multi-instrumentalists Chris Conway & Dan Britton - their first duo studio album in 15 years! Despite being very busy with Celtic band Govannen, Chris & Dan had never stopped playing concerts of their own songs in a duo, often augmented by Neil Rabjohn's percussion. But they never had the time to go back to the studio.

Sometime around the start of 2016, Dan had recorded a couple of songs with Chris about his family history which were put out on Youtube. Then they started to really enjoy the duo concerts. Somewhere along the line they decided to write some news songs, combine them with songs from their solo albums that were firm favourites in their live set, and record them. This they did here and there throughout 2016, with Chris adding more to the ones Dan had originally recorded. Govannen chums Neil, Adele & Roger all made guest appearances. Then suddenly it was done.
Hear and read about and buy the album on the Safe Harbour Page



15th November 2016
govannen xmas bash - book now!
Govannen @ Xmas Bash 2015

Saturday 10th December
Kirby Bellars Village Hall - near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
7.30pm
Tickets £7.50 (reserve now and pay on the door)
Text 07947 329762 or email kirbytwins@hotmail.co.uk

**Bring your own refreshments - no bar or soft drinks available**

Come and join us for a wonderful evening of traditional and original Celtic music, including tunes and songs from Govannen's most recent albums, Celtic Christmas, The Endless Road and Celtic Air.



1st November 2016
christo & dan album - coming soon
Chris Conway & Dan Britton

Recording on the Chris Conway & Dan Britton album of their songs is finished. The album is mastered and is at the pressing plant. Check back here for more news of the album release - their first duo studio album for 15 years!!
Govannen chums Neil Rabjohn, Adele McMahon and Roger Wilson all appear on the album.


23rd June 2016
celtic air is released on cd
Govannen - Celtic Air
Govannen's Celtic Air album is finally available on CD after having been available as a download for several months.
We have a few copies available from the website page via the Paypal button for £9 in post and packing anywhere.

So finally the 4 Elements are completed, which started 12 years ago when we started recording Healing Waters in 2004, then Celtic Fire came in 2007, then Celtic Earth in 2012, now Celtic Air in 2016.
Govannen 4 Elements

21st June 2016
chris & dan & govannen gigs
chris conway & dan britton
1. Chris Conway & Dan Britton (with Neil Rabjohn) play their own songs set at The Donkey, Leicester on Thu 30th June - 8pm - £5. Andy Griffiths opens the night. Chris & Dan have been working on a new songs album.
Click here for details

2. Govannen have their first public gigs for a while -
Sun 26th June, - Don Paddy's Uppingham on
Sat 16th July - Joules Yard in Market Harborough for our usual summer barbeque dinner gig.


11th April 2016
govannen - celtic air - sampler promo video
video

 

8th April 2016
celtic air - cover art - downloads
Govannen - Celtic Air

This is the cover art for Govannen's forthcoming album for Paradise Music, Celtic Air. It should be available for download very soon, the CD will be a month or so...

Celtic Air is available to download/stream from these places...
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com

Govannen - Celtic Air
Spotify

 

21st March 2016
Govannen St Patrick's Week 2016 Vlog
video

 

10th March 2016
govannen - celtic air - completed
Govannen recording Celtic Air album - after...

Recording for Govannen's Celtic Air album for the Paradise Music label has been completed, with the album mixed, mastered and artwork complete. It will probably bereelased for download first with CD coming a month or so after that.
Sessions were recorded with all 5 Govannen members plus Bridget McMahon flew over from Ireland to add atmospheric vocals, and Celtic harper Mo Coulson added a little Celtic harp to one track.
Cover art will be announced soon. Watch this space.

 

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!



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


use playlist to see more videos
 


Photos

A Year In Photos
Govannen - St Patrick's Week - took a video instead of photos - March 2016
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Govannen @ Potbelly Concert, Kettering Arts Centre - March 2016 - photos by Kevin Buxton
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- September 2015 - photos by Rob Machon & Susie Q Pollard

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Govannen - @ The Crown, Sproxton - August 2015

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Govannen @ The Black Horse, Grimston - and @ Papplewick Village Hall ceilidh - August 2015

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Govannen @ Tea With A Twist @ Launde Abbey - August 2015

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Govannen @ Joules Yard - August 2015 - photo by Rachel Allen

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Govannen @ Somerby Village Fete - July 2015

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Govannen + Neil Segrott play Celtic & rock sets at party in Harby - July 2015

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Govannen @ Owthorpe Village Concert
- July 2015

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

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