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Govannen - The Endless Road - album launch report
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 :-)
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,
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
Govannen @ The Boat, Melton Mowbray - February 2015 - photos Emmanuel Williams
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