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

2015
March 2015
 
6th Fri
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Govannen - The Royal Horseshoes, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire
concert/meal
7th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
13th Fri
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Govannen - meal & concert - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Leicestershire
concert
14th Sat
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Govannen - Village Hall, Old Dalby, Leicestershire
concert
15th Sun
4-6pm
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
17th Tue
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Govannen - St Patricks Night, The Saddle, Twyford, nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
20th Fri
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Govannen - Kidney Care Benefit Barn Dance, Charles Wilson Building, Leicester University
ceilidh
27th Fri
- 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
25th Sat
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Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
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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
16th Sat
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Govannen - Charity Concert, St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
concert
23rd Sat
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Govannen - Beer Festival, White Lion, Whissendine, Rutland
concert
30th Sat
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Govannen - private party, London
private party
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June 2015
 
27th Sat
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Govannen - Oakham Festival
concert
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July 2015
 
2nd Thu
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Govannen - private party, Cambs
private party
4th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
11th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
18th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Cannock
private party
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August 2015
 
1st Sat
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Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
2nd Sun
2.30pm
Govannen - Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey, Leicestershire
concert
8th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
30th Sun
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Govannen - private party
private party
31st Mon
day
Govannen - 3 slots - 10.45am, 1.30pm, 4pm - Wood Fair, Beacon Hill, Leicestershire
concerts
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September 2015
 
19th Sat
2.30pm
Govannen - Melton Beer Festival, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
concert
19th Sat
eve
Govannen - private party, Halstead, Leicestershire
private party
26th Sat
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Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
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October 2015
 
16th Fri
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Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & Supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
17th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
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November 2015
 
21st Sat
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Govannen - private party, Groby
private party
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December 2015
 
21st Sun
4-6pm
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
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2016
March 2016
 
12th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Gilmorton
private party
18th Fri
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Govannen - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Leicestershire
concert
19th Sat
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Govannen - private party, South Kilworth, Leicestershire
private party
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April 2016
 
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May 2016
 
1st Sun
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Govannen - private party
private party
28th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
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June 2016
 
26th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Prestwold Hall
private party
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for Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's gigs go here

Govannen News
3rd February
Kidney Care Barn Dance
2015 Barn Dance Poster

The Kidney Care Appeal are pleased to announce that our famous annual Barn Dance will take place on Friday 20th March 2015,in the 2nd Floor Belvoir Suite, Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester, starting at 8pm prompt.

As usual, the wonderful Govannen Ceilidh Band will be entertaining us with their irresistible mix of jigs, reels and country dances, along with an expert caller to get everyone on their feet and dancing the night away.

The Kidney Care Appeal is our own local charity which raises money to help local people affected by kidney disease, and also funding for our groundbreaking research into the causes and treatment of kidney disease. The Barn Dance is part of our series of events marking World Kidney Day on Thursday 12th March : http://www.worldkidneyday.co.uk/

So please save the date and bring along all your friends and family for a brilliant fun night out while raising money for an excellent cause. Tickets are £12, from the Exercise Team at Leicester General Hospital (phone 0116 258 4346 , email aa50@le.ac.uk), or Tricia in the Renal Research Group in the MSB at the University of Leicester (phone 0116 252 2952 , email pgh6@le.ac.uk). Everyone of all ages is welcome, and there is plenty of free parking on the University Campus after working hours.

20th January
Album recording resumes.
Dan Britton & Chris Conway
Dan & Christo hard at work


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.

19th January
10 years...
Govannen - Healing Waters CD

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
Govannen Xmas Bash 2014

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 @ Enchanted Faery Ball 2014

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
Govannen recording - Roger Wilson

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.



10th September 2014
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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3rd March 2014
Govannen recording
Govannen recording


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...




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


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Photos

A Year In Photos
Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 plus guests When Cousins Marry - December 2014 - photos by Jayne & Malcolm Sibson

picnics ready - Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 . When Cousins Marry - Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 . Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 .
Dan Britton - Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 . Adele McMahon - Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 . Neil Rabjohn, Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 . Chris Conway - Govannen Xmas Bash 2014Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 . Chris Conway - Govannen Xmas Bash 2014 .. Govannen Xmas Bash 2014

Govannen @ The Enchanted Faery Ball, Melton Mowbray - November 2014

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Govannen @ The White Lion, Whissendine - October 2014 - photo Emma Angus

Govannen @ The White Lion, Whissendine .

Govannen @ Joules Yard, Market Harborough - September 2014 - thanks to Emma Angus for the photos

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Govannen @ Melton Mowbray Beer Festival - September 2014 - thanks to Matt & audient for the photos

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Govannen ata soggy Wood fair, Beacon hill, Leicestershire - August 2014

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Dan Britton & CC @ Tiny's Studio recording with Govannen - August 2014

Dan Britton & Chris Conway

Govannen - fooling and hanging around before wedding gigs - Brooksby & Woodhall Spa - August 2014

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Govannen @ Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey - July 2014 - photos by Rachel Allen & CC

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Govannen recording at Tiny's Studio, Leicester - July 2014

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Govannen @ Newark Beer Festival - May 2014

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Govannen @ Joules Yard - April 2014 - photos by Rachel Allen

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Govannen - St Patricks @ Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray - March 2014

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Govannen - New Year's Eve 2013 - The Lord Nelson - Oakham - December 2013

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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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CC and Memory Wire at Quadelectronic 67 - December 2013 - photos by Mo Tetlow

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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