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 The Endless Road
 
studio instrumental

other albums that feature Govannen


bridget mcmahaon cd celtic woman

Live Dates

2015
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
7th Fri
eve
Govannen - Black Horse, Grimston, Leicestershire
concert
8th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
21st Fri
-
Govannen - The Crown, Sproxton, Leicestershire
concert
22nd Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Leicester University
private party
28th Fri
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Govannen - private party, Lutterworth
private party
30th Sun
-
Govannen - private party
private party
31st Mon
10.45am
Govannen - 2 slots - 10.45am, 1.45pm - National Forest Wood Fair, Beacon Hill, Leicestershire
concert
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September 2015
 
5th Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
12th Sat
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Govannen - Barn Dance, Sports & Social Club, Whissendine, Rutland
barn dance
19th Sat
2.30pm
Govannen - Melton Beer Festival, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
concert
19th Sat
eve
Govannen - private party, Halstead, Leicestershire
private party
20th Sun
1-3pm
Govannen - Midland Game Show, Weston Park, Nr Shifnal, Shropshire
concert
26th Sat
-
Govannen - Joules Yard Market Harborough
concert
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October 2015
 
3rd Sat
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Govannen - private party
private party
9th Fri
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Govannen - The Royal Horseshoes, Waltham On The Wolds, Leicestershire
concert
10th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Balsall Common, Coventry
private party
16th Fri
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Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & Supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
17th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
24th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Leicester
private party
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November 2015
 
6th Fri
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Govannen - The Nag's Head, Harby, Leicestershire
concert
21st Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Groby
private party
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December 2015
 
18th Fri
-
Govannen - The Grange, Leicestershire
private party
19th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Long Clawson, Leicestershire
private party
20th Sun
4-6pm
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
31st Thu
-
Govannen - New Year's Eve, Lord Nelson, Oakham, Rutland
concert
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2016
February 2016
 
26th Fri
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Govannen - The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
concert
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March 2016
 
5th Sat
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Govannen - Potbelly Festival, Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering
concert
11th Fri
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Govannen - Old Dalby Village Hall, Leicestershire
concert/ceilidh
12th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Gilmorton
private party
17th Thu
-
Govannen - Grants, Burrough On The Hill, Leicestershire
concert
18th Fri
-
Govannen - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Leicestershire
concert/meal
19th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, South Kilworth, Leicestershire
private party
20th Sun
4-6pm
Govannen - Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
concert
25th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Whissendine
private party
26th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Tythe Barn, Bicester
private party
28th Mon
-
Govannen - private party, Tythe Barn, Bicester
private party
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April 2016
 
15th Fri
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Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
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May 2016
 
1st Sun
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Govannen - private party
private party
28th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
29th Sun
-
Govannen - private party, Oakham
private party
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June 2016
 
4th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Barnsdale
private party
26th Sat
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Govannen - private party, Prestwold Hall
private party
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July 2016
 
31st Sun
tbc
Govannen - Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey
concert
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August 2016
 
12th Fri
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Govannen - private party, Loughborough
private party
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September 2016
 
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October 2016
 
14th Fri
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Govannen - Leicester Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicestershire
barn dance
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November 2016
 
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for Chris Conway's gigs go here - for Dan Britton's gigs go here

Govannen News
25th August
Govannen - National Forest Wood Fair
Govannen @ Wood Fair

Govannen are back at The National Forest Wood Fair at Beacon Hill - Bank Holiday Monday 31st August - 2 hour long slots this tiume at 10.45am and 1.45pm.
There's lots to do there so why not come out and see us in the great outdoors!

See info, programme, directions here
Adults £9, concessions £6, under 5s free and a family ticket £25 (for two adults and three concessions). Prices include free parking, programme and a whole day of fantastic entertainment.

Govannen CD launch

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 :-)

7th April
Govannen - The Endless Road - new release
Govannen The Endless Road

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. :-)

see the recording session photos

20th March
Govannen St Patricks Vlog 2015

video


See the St Patrick's Week photos - here

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...!




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 - 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

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Govannen @ The Boat, Melton Mowbray - February 2015 - photos Emmanuel Williams

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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

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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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