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 2018
 
5th Fri
-
Govannen - Nag's Head, Harby, Leicestershire
concert
6th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Musician, Leicester
private party
12th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Old Dalby Brewery, Leicestershire
private party
13th Sat
-
Govannen - Husband's Bosworth Village Hall, Leicestershire
concert
26th Fri
-
Govannen - Burns Night, Carington Arms, Ashby Folville, Leicestershire
concert
27th Sat
-
Govannen trio - Burns Night, East Bridgeford Hill
concert
February 2018
 
10th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Leicester
private party
25th Sun
7.30pm
Govannen - Half Moon, Melton Mowbray
Celtic
28th Wed
-
Bob Cheevers + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - The Musician, Leicester
chris & dan
March 2018
 
10th Sat
-
Govannen - Eastwell Village Hall, Leicestershire
concert
16th Fri
-
Govannen - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray
concert/dinner
17th Sat
-
Govannen - St Patricks Night - Carington Arms, Ashby Folville, Leics
concert
18th Sun
3-6pm
Govannen - The Boat, Melton Mowbray
concert
23rd Fri
-
Govannen - Royal Oak, Great Dalby, Leics
concert
24th Sat
-
Govannen - The Wheel, Branston
concert
30th Fri
-
Govannen - The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
concert
April 2018
 
7th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Newark
private party
14th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Melton Mowbray
private party
20th Fri
-
Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
barn dance
28th Sat
-
Govannen - private party
private party
May 2018
 
5th Sat
1.30pm
Govannen duo - Beer Festival, Geese & Fountain, Croxton Kerrial
concert
5th Sat
 
Govannen - private party, Peterborough
private party
12th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Rearsby
private party
16th Weds
-
Govannen - private party,
private party
19th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Derbyshire
private party
25th Fri
-
Govannen - The Unicorn, Langar
concert
27th Sun
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton- Highclere Country Fair, Highclere Castle, nr Newbury, Berkshire
chris & dan
June 2018
 
3rd Sun
3pm
Govannen - The Boat Inn, Melton Mowbray
Celtic
8th Fri
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton- Kettering Library
chris & dan
9th Sat
-
Govannen - Fleckney Village Hall
private party
17th Sun
2pm
Govannen duo (Dan & Adele) - Fathers Day Picnic, East Bridgford Hill
concert
23rd Sat
-
Govannen - private party,
private party
24th Sun
pm
Govannen - Owthorpe Village Hall, Notts
concert
29th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Leicester
private party
July 2018
 
1st Sun
3pm
Govannen - Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey
concert
13th Fri
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Cottage Concert, Old Community Centre, Old, Northants.
chris & dan
14th Sat
-
Govannen - Marston Trussell
private party
15th Sun
7.30pm
Govannen - Half Moon, Melton Mowbray
Celtic
28th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Leicester
private party
August 2018
 
2nd Thu
-
Govannen - private party, Clipstone, Nr Mansfield
private party
3rd Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Loughborough
private party
9th Thu
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton & Andy Griffiths -The Musician, Leicester
chris & dan
Sat 10th
-
Govannen - Summer Barn Dance, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre
ceilidh
11th Sat
pm
Chris Conway & Dan Britton- Acoustic Gardens, Belgrave Hall, Leicester
chris & dan
11th Sat
eve
Govannen - private party,
private party
19th Sun
-
Govannen - private party,
private party
25th Sat
-
Govannen - Village Hall Ceilidh, Great Dalby
ceilidh
26th Sun
-
Govannen - The Sugar Loaf, Ab Kettleby
concert
27th Mon
-
Govannen - Leicestershire Countryside Show, Beacon Hill, Leics
concert
       
September 2018
 
1st Sat
2.30pm
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - private party, Kettering
private party
1st Sept
eve
Govannen - private party, Wolvey
private party
7th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Melton Mowbray
private party
9th Sun
12.15pm
Chris Conway & Dan Britton -Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Secret Widget Festival, Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club, Surrey
chris & dan
14th Fri
-
Govannen - Kibworth Bowling Club, Kibworth Beauchamp, Leics
concert
15th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Deene Park, Northamptonshire
private party
22nd Sat
2pm
Govannen - Melton Beer Festival, Cattlemarket, Melton Mowbray
concert
28tht Fri
-
Govannen - The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
concert
29th Sat
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton + Ruth Notman - Alstonefield Village Hall, Staffordshire
chris & dan
       
October 2018
 
4th Thu
-
Govannen - private party, Eydon
private party
6th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Sheffield
private party
7th Sun
-
Govannen - Don Paddy's, Uppingham
concert
13th Sat
-
Govannen Trio - private party, Unthankia
private party
19th Fri
-
Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
barn dance
20th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Castle Donnington
private party
26th Fri
-
Govannen - Royal Horseshoes, Waltham on the Wolds
concert
       
November 2018
 
6th Tues
-
Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - The Stables, Wavendon
chris & dan
9th Fri
-
Govannen Trio + When Cousins Marry - Carington Arms, Ashby Folville
concert
14th Wed
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Kettering Library
chris & dan
17th Sat
-
Govannen Trio + Martin Cole - Meddon Village Hall, Devon
concert
18th Sat
-
Govannen Trio + Martin Cole - Herring Festival, Clovelly, Devon
concert
23rd Fri
-
Govannen - The Crown, Sproxton. Leicestershire
concert
24th Sat
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton - The Guildhall, Leicester
chris & dan
28th Wed
-
Sally Barker + Chris Conway & Dan Britton - Memorial Hall, Sheffield
chris & dan
       
December 2018
 
7th Fri
-
Govannen - Nag's Head, Harby, Leicestershire
concert
14th Fri
-
Govannen - private party, Oakham School
private party
15th Sat
-
Govannen - Xmas Concert, Burton Lazars Village Hall
concert
21st Fri
-
Govannen - The Sugar Loaf, Ab Kettleby. Leicestershire
concert
       

January 2019
 
4th Fri
-
Govannen - Nag's Head, Harby, Leicestershire
concert
6th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Musician, Leicester
private party
12th Sat
-
Govannen - Husband's Bosworth Village Hall, Leicestershire
concert
17th Thu
-
Govannen - private party, Dodmoor House
private party
18th Fri
-
Govannen - Burns Night, Oakham Rugby Club
private party
25th Fri
-
Govannen - Burns Night, Carington Arms, Ashby Folville, Leics
concert
26th Sat
-
Govannen - Burns Night, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre
concert
February 2019
 
9th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Syston
private party
March 2019
 
15th Fri
-
Govannen - The Grange, Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray
concert/dinner
16th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Eye Kettleby Lakes
private party
17th Sun
3-6pm
Govannen - The Boat, Melton Mowbray
concert
22nd Fri
-
Govannen - Carington Arms. Ashby Folville
concert
April 2019
 
6th Sat
-
Govannen - Corby Arts Centre
concert
13th Sat
-
Govannen - private party,
private party
May 2019
 
17th Fri
-
Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
barn dance
25th Sat
pm
Govannen - private party, Kettering
private party
31st Fri
-
Govannen - private party, The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
private party
June 2019
 
1st Sat
-
Govannen - Village Hall, Fleckney, Leicestershire
concert
29th Sat
-
Govannen - private party, Strathern
private party
30th Sun
3pm
Govannen - Tea With A Twist, Launde Abbey
concert
July 2019
 
August 2019
 
Sat 10th
-
Govannen - Summer Barn Dance, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre
barn dance
September 2019
 
October 2019
 
18th Fri
-
Govannen - Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital Barn Dance & supper, Countesthorpe Village Hall
barn dance
November 2019
 
December 2019
 
6th Fri
-
Govannen - Nag's Head, Harby, Leicestershire
concert

April 2020
 
24th Fri
-
Chris Conway & Dan Britton + Andy Griffiths - Hinckley ACT,
chris & dan

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

Govannen News
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


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
Govannen @ Melton Beer Festival 2017 . Govannen @ Melton Beer Festival 2017 .

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
. . . Govannen @ Don Paddy's Uppingham

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
Govannen - Launde Abbey 2017 . Govannen - Launde Abbey 2017 . Govannen - Launde Abbey 2017

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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