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 instrumental albums
live songs & tunes albums
   
   

other albums that feature Govannen


bridget mcmahaon cd celtic woman

Live Dates
2014  
September 2014
 
20th Sat
2.30pm
Govannen - Melton Beer Festival, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
concert
20th Sat
eve
Govannen - private party, Northamptonshire
private party
27th Sat
-
Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
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October 2014
 
3rd Fri
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Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & Supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
ceilidh
4th Sat
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Govannen -Eastwell, Leicestershire
private party
5th Sun
-
Govannen - private party, Lutterworth
private party
10th Fri
eve
Govannen - The Saddle Inn, Twyford, Leicestershire
concert
18th Sat
-
Govannen - The White Lion, Whissendine, Rutland
concert
26th Sun
1.30pm
Govannen - The Boat, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
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November 2014
 
1st Sat
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Govannen - Enchanted Faery Ball, Market Tavern Hall, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
2nd Sun
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Govannen - Beer Festival Black Horse, Aylestone, Leicestershire
concert
14th Fri
-
Govannen - Royal Horseshoes, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire
concert
21st Fri
-
Govannen - Ab Kettelby Village Hall Barn Dance, Leicestershire
barn dance
29th Sat
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Govannen - Houghton On the Hill Village Ceilidh, Leicestershire
ceilidh
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December 2014
 
5th Fri
8.30pm
Govannen - Royal Oak, Naseby, Northamptonshire
concert
12th Fri
tbc
Govannen - private party, Ash Field
private party
13th Sat
7.30pm
Govannen - Govannen Xmas Bash, Kirby Bellars Village Hall, Leicestershire
concert
19th Fri
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Govannen - Royal Oak, Great Dalby, Leicestershire
concert
20th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
21st Sun
4-6pm
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
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for Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's gigs go here

2015
January 2015
 
3rd Sat
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Govannen - private party, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
private party
23rd Fri
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Govannen - private party
private party
24th Sat
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Govannen - private party, South Kilworth
private party
31st Sat
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Govannen - Old Village Hall, Northamptonshire
concert
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February 2015
 
28th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Tythe Barn, Bicester
private party
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March 2015
 
6th Fri
- concert/meal
13th Fri
-
Govannen - meal & concert - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Leicestershire
concert
14th Sat
tbc
Govannen - Villa Hall, Old Dalby, Leicestershire
concert
20th Fri
-
Govannen - Kidney Care Benefit Barn Dance, Charles Wilson Building, Leicester University
ceilidh
27th Fri
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Govannen - The Royal Horsehsoes, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire
concert/meal
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April 2015
 
7th Tue
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Govannen - private party
private party
11th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Coleshill, Warwickshire
private party
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May 2015
 
9th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
15th Fri
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Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & Supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
24th Sun
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Govannen - private party, Ullesthorpe
private party
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June 2015
 
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July 2015
 
4th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
12th Sun
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Govannen - private party
private party
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August 2015
 
30th Sun
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Govannen - private party
private party
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September 2015
 
20th Sat
2.30pm
Govannen - Melton Beer Festival, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
concert
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October 2015
 
16th Fri
-
Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & Supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
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November 2015
 
21st Sat
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Govannen - private party, Groby
private party
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December 2015
 
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2016
June 2016
 
26th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Prestwold Hall
Celtic
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Govannen News
10th September
Chris Conway's Celtic Gold - now out on cd
Chris Conway Celtic Gold

Celtic Gold is now out on CD!
See the album webpage for more info about the album
It's also available for download on iTunes & Amazon mp3 and Spotify.

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.

downloads from

Amazon.co.uk
, Amazon.com



5th June 2014
Dan new song for book.
Heartman

'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...!


24th March 2014
Govannen - St Patrick's Weekend Vlog
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12th March 2014
Kidney Care Appeal Barn Dance
Kidney Care Barn Dance Poster

Thanks to everyone who came and danced at the Kidney Care Appeal Barn Dance.
£680 was raised - a record!
And fun was had. See you next year!

The Leicestershire Wildlife are holding a Barn Dance on Friday 16th May in Countesthorpe Village Hall from 7.30pm  untill 11pm. It will be a fun filled night with Govannen playing the Live Music, 
The tickets cost £10 each to include a luxury ploughmans supper. Veggie, Vegan and special diets can be catered for but must be ordered with the tickets.
They can be ordered from Ann on 0116 2881395  or email aliceann.kemp44@yahoo.co.uk
There will also be a bar and raffle on the night, and all proceeds will be donated to the Wildlife Hospital.

 




3rd March 2014
Govannen recording

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
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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
Govannen Celtic Christmas



11th November 2013
Govannen - Celtic Christmas - new release
Govannen Celtic Christmas

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.

read more about the album, hear soundclips, order your CD here

promo video


20th October 2013
Celtic Christmas CD - coming soon
Govannen studio

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
Photoshoot
Govannen

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 gig...
Dan Britton

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.
COVRGovannen cd Celtic Earth

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.



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 Christmas/New Year Bash @ Kirby Twins Acoustic Club, Kirby Bellars - December 2013- photos by Gio & CC

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Govannen @ Whitbourn Hall - December 2013

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Govannen at The Noel Arms, Melton Mowbray - December 2013 - photos by Rachel Liney

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Govannen attracting a new audience at a private party - Pietling Parva - December 2013

 

Govannen photoshoot 4 piece & 5 piece - October 2013 - thanks to Mark Postelthwaite for the photos

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Govannen 5 piece @ The Royal Horsehsoes, Waltham-on-the-Wolds, Leicestershire - and at Curve, Leicester - October 2013 - thanks to Olive & Mark for the photos

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Govannen - Melton Beer Festival - September 2013 - thanks to Andy Skel for the photos

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Govannen - Having a cup of tea and rehearsing with new member Roger Wilson - September 2013
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Govannen at Witchley Warren Festival - Ketton - July 2013 - photos thanks to Martin Smith
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Govannen at Grants Bewer Festival, Burrough On The Hill - May 2013 - thanks to Gio for the photos
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Govannen at Joules Yard, Market Harborough - May 2013 - thanks to Ian Joules for the photos
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Govannen at wedding in teepee - Hinwick House, Bedfordshire - May 2013
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Govannen at the Carington Arms, Ashby Folvillle & The Jubilee Garage, Bourne - March 2013 - thanks to Malcom Sibson for the Carington photos
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Govannen - Belvoir Brewery @ The Lord Nelson, Old Dalby - March 2013
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Govannen - St Patricks Night @ The Lord Nelson, Leicester - March 2013 - photos by G
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Govannen @ The Donkey, Leicester - Feb 2013 - photos by G
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NSPCC Benefit Burns Night, Villa Park, Birmingham - Jan 2013 - thanks to Seven Star Photography for the photos
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