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Govannen from £875

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Govannen is an Celtic Ceilidh Band based in Leicester and one of the best Barn Dance bands in the UK. Govannen will make any occasion special, blending jigs and reels, with traditional and contemporary Irish & Celtic songs.

Music to rouse the room, or delicate slow airs so suit the mood. Govannen can kick up a storm or provide just the right mellow ambience for quieter events. Govannen always plays with passion, artistry and an easy going good humour, each in good measure for a night to remember.


Govannen can also provide Ceilidh and Barn Dances with the help of percussionist/cajon player, Neil Rabjohn, who is an experienced dance caller capable of striking just the right tone at weddings, functions and parties. The focus on Govannen's ceilidh is fun and informality. Dance experience is not necessary and on the night the caller will clearly guide you through all of 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 Celtic and popular songs for everyone to have a bop.

Full PA and stage lighting is included in the package and the PA system can of course be used to play music when the band are taking a break.

Govannen have performed at venues all over the UK and are regulars at wedding venues in their home counties of Leicestershire and Rutland such as Belvoir Castle, Barnsdale Lodge, Barnsdale Hall, Exton Estate, Greetham Valley, Holiday Inn Leicester, Quorn Country Hotel, Kelmarsh Hall, Rockingham Castle, Shearsby Bath Hotel, and many more...

Irish Songs

When Will We Be Married

She Moved Thru the Fair

Wild Mountain Thyme

The Water Is Wide

The Sally Gardens

Dirty Old Town

The Wild Rover

Ride On

Black is the Colour


As I Roved Out

Whisky In The Jar

The Fields of Athenry

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

Spancil Hill

Tell Me Ma

The Hammer Song

Fairytale of New York


500 Miles

God Only Knows


Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

Ring of Fire


Unchain My Heart

Honky Tonk Women

Can't Buy Me Love

Hound Dog

Get It On

Fields Of Gold

Love is All Around

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You


Twist and Shout


Junior Creehans

A Stor Ms Chroi

Blarney Pilgrim

The Butterfly

Queen of the May


Morrisons Jig

King of the Fairies

Sculley Caseys

Kerry Polkas



Kid on the Montain

Harvest Home

Tom Bettys Waltz

Micky the Moulder

Dan Britton - Guitar,Vocals and Bodhran

Dan Britton - Guitar,Vocals and Bodhran

Dan Britton provides the drive and energy and earthiness of the band with his driving rhythmic guitar and bodhran and at live concerts he is the main lead singer of songs. Dan was influenced by the powerful performers of Irish music like Planxty and The Pogues.

Chris Conway - Keyboards, Tin and Low Whistles, Guitar, Kalimba, Vocals

Chris Conway - Keyboards, Tin and Low Whistles, Guitar, Kalimba, Vocals

Chris Conway'ss interests are in sounds, harmonies and arrangements, adding touches of magic with his battery of exotic instruments and keyboard wizardry. Chris’s Celtic influences were the great arrangers of multi-layered sound like Alan Stivell, Gwerz, and Donal Lunny. Chris also brings jazz elements into a Govannen set.

Adele McMahon - Fiddle

Adele McMahon - Fiddle

In Adele McMahon, Govannen have a soloist of world class. She’s also a library of Irish tunes for the band. Her dazzling fluid violin is the real backbone of the band sound. Adele as you might expect was influenced by her family (her father is a singer of traditional Irish songs from County Clare), and the great fiddle players like Martin Hayes and Kevin Burke.

Neil Rabjohn - Percussion

Neil Rabjohn - Percussion

Add to this the amazing percussion of Neil Rabjohn who plays the cajon drum, and the music really get cooking. Neil joins the group mostly at the bigger concerts and events that need some kick.

General Information:

Name: Govannen

Location: Leicestershire

Main Category: Ceilidh Bands, Barn Dances & Folk

Other Categories: Bands, Live Music, Party Bands, Traditional Music, Wedding Bands, Wedding Music


Full band (default): Band includes minimum of Fiddle, Guitar/Vocals/Bodhran, Keys/Whistles, Cajon Drum/Dance Caller


Standard Set Times: 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute sets.

Set Up Time: 1hrs 0 mins

Usual Evening Arrival Time: 18:00

Usual Evening Finish Time: 11:30

Space Required (w x d):

Full band (default): 3.0m x 3.0m

Sound & Lighting:

PA suitable for: Up to 200 people

Stage Lighting: Yes

Dance Floor Lighting: No

Free use of PA via iPod: Yes

DJ included: No

Other Requirements

Hospitality/Artist Rider: Food for band (3 vegetarian) and soft drinks. Parking for 2 vehicles

Technical Requirement: electricity outlet & 4 chairs

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Full band£875

Band includes minimum of Fiddle, Guitar/Vocals/Bodhran, Keys/Whistles, Cajon Drum/Dance Caller

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Prices quoted are subject to confirmation and are intended as a guide only.

Set Options:

2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute sets.

Optional Extras:

DIY Disco Option£125

The band provide an extra bass bin and lights to allow the PA to be used as a disco via the client's playlist until 12.00am.

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