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 - 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
January 2021
 
February 2021
 
March 2021
 
April 2021
 
9th Fri
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Govannen - private party
private party
17th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
May 2021
 
15th Fri
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Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
ceilidh
June 2021
 
19th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Normanton on Soar
private party
26th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Caldecott
private party
July 2021
 
2nd Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
4th Sun
pm
Govannen - Owthorpe Village Hall, lunch & concert.
concert
10th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
August 2021
 
18th Wed
tbc
Govannen - private party, Kibworth
private party
29th Sun
tbc
Govannen - Barrowden Beer Festival
concert
September 2021
 
18th Sat
tbc
Govannen - private party, Burton Lazars Village Hall
private party
October 2021
 
22nd Fri
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Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
ceilidh
23rd Sat
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Govannen - private party, Barnsdale Lodge
private party
November 2021
 
20th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Ilston on the Hill
private party
December 2021
 



January 2022
 
21st Sat
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Govannen - Burns Night, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre, Leicestershire
concert
29th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Barnsdale
private party
February 2022
 
March 2022
 
12th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Eye Kettleby Lakes
private party
April 2022
 
May 2022
 
June 2022
 
July 2022
 
2nd Sat
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Govannen - private party,
private party
August 2022
 
September 2022
 
October 2022
 
November 2022
 
December 2022
 

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

Govannen News
28th August 2020
first govannen gig since march
Govannen Trio
Govannen Trio will play at The Grainstore Beer Festival on Sunday 30th August, 3-5pm.
Outdoor and under marquee and with distancing and booking tables, due to distancing Govannen will revert to a trio of Dan, Adele & Christo (back to 2006 The Water Is Wide album line up!) It's a start! :-)

for info on the event and to book a table GO HERE!


5th July 2020
chris's lockdown songs youtube playlist
video
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 -
HERE


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
video

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
Spotify



Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com



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

20th August 2018
new govannen album released!
 Govannen - As I Roved Out
Govannen have been busy and recorded their 9 album - "As I Roved Out".

The album is a similar format to The Endless Road - original and traditional songs and tunes - but with a hint of the production sound of the instrumental albums on the Paradise Music label. For the first time fiddle player Adele sings a song on an album!

Read more about the album and order the CD here.
It is currently downloadable and streamable on Bandcamp
iTunes, Spotify, Amazon etc to follow soon

Hear As I Roved Out here

15th August 2018
govannen albums on oblong label soon for digital release
For various reasons we never uploaded our albums on my Oblong label to download/streaming services. Well we're starting to do that now with The Water is Wide & Sniff The Pony BUT
1. It's not economic for us to buy licenses for the cover songs....
2. ...but in our vaults I found other unused trad tracks from the same concerts to replace them with.
3. So that the internet wont think these are new albums I have changed the titles to "Live 2006 - The Water Is Wide" & "Live 2008 - Sniff The Pony."
4. We've altered the covers and the albums on Bandcamp to reflect this.
5. We have quite a few Sniff The Pony CDs left so they will have the original track line-up.
6. On The Endless Road, we have taken out a license for Galway Girl to be able to include that on streams & downloads on the main services - not for Bandcamp though.

A faff but I think this is the best way to keep these parts of our live history online.

19th March 2018
govannen st patrick's weekend vlog 2018
video 




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


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



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 - 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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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