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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...
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
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
Tell Me Ma
The Hammer Song
Fairytale of New York
God Only Knows
Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
Ring of Fire
Unchain My Heart
Honky Tonk Women
Can't Buy Me Love
Get It On
Fields Of Gold
Love is All Around
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Twist and Shout
A Stor Ms Chroi
Queen of the May
King of the Fairies
Kid on the Montain
Tom Bettys Waltz
Micky the Moulder
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'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
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
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.
A belated but heartfelt thanks to Govannen for the superb job they did on our wedding at Catthorpe Manor (1st December 2012).
The band were hugely friendly and put everyone at ease, and their playing was a perfectly judged mix and pieces that got almost everyone involved. They were very approachable throughout and more than willing to assist us with a couple of on-the-fly requests on the night.
All in all, we were delighted with their performance and have made certain to recommend them (and yourselves) to friends who have asked about entertainers for their own functions.
Nick and Rachel Barratt - 11 Mar 2013
Just a quick note, to say a big Thank you for organising Govannen for our wedding on 30th June. They were brilliant and we had so many lovely comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the band and how different they were. They got everyone up dancing within minutes and felt like part of the guestlist which made it really relaxed for us
We had a fabulous day, thanks for helping it go so smoothly.
Jo Shuttlewood - Wedding - 10 Jul 2012
Just to say thank you again for the music provided by Govannen at our wedding reception: it was just the right mixture of background and ceilidh, and guests of all ages had a great time joining in with the dances - you've even converted the groom to liking ceilidhs, which he was really not keen on before the event...
Lots of people have said that they particularly enjoyed the band, and at least two different couples have already asked for contact details!
Sally and Alex Livingstone - Wedding - 26 Apr 2012
I just wanted to make contact to say a big THANK YOU for such a lovely evening last night. Without exception everyone was bowled over with your beautiful music – and I really do appreciate the effort you made in such bad weather and hope your journey home was not too traumatic.
It was disappointing that so many people were unable to make at and from messages I received when I got home, quite a few had started their journey but sensibly turned back having had one or two scary skids.
Hope it was not too disappointing playing to such a small audience, but I think you could tell we all really enjoyed ourselves - and perhaps me most of all!
Once again many thanks for a lovely evening and I am sure I will hear you play again before too long.
Sheelah Hegarty - 5 Feb 2012
Dear David, please would you pass on to Dan and Govannen our thanks for a superb evening last Saturday in The Staging Post. The music was great and the dances were enjoyed, even though at times, we were naughty and didn’t always do as we were told. Maybe it has something to do with us being Independent Opticians !!
Everybody said how good the music and caller was and I think the Cabin added some extra atmosphere. There were a lot of aching legs next day.
Thank you once again.
Maureen & Graeme Coe - Assoc of Independent Opticians - 14 Oct 2011
Just to let you know that Dan and the band were absolutely great last night. Please pass on my huge thanks to them all. Regards, Carolyn
Carolyn Acton - Carolyn Acton Events - 21 May 2011
Thank you very much to you all for providing us with an excellent evening of music and dancing in the Trent Building on Wednesday evening 6 April. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and a mark of how much they enjoyed your entertainment was shown by the fact that the majority of our people were still there at the close of the evening. You have a great troupe and we had a great evening, thank you.
Hilary Wilkes - Conference Organiser - 14 Apr 2011
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say how pleased we were with the band and caller on Saturday night. We had a good level of participation and there were lots of smiling faces throughout the evening.
Jacqueline Walker - Greenray International Ltd - 26 Sep 2010
Just wanted to say thanks for “Govannen” playing for us on Saturday. They were excellent – went down very well - and what very nice people too !
K Ridgewell - Royal British Legion - 20 Mar 2010
The band were very popular and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
Kerry Haslam - School Food Trust - 10 Sep 2009
Thank you soooooo much for Saturday! It really topped the whole day when you guys came on you were brilliant! And thank you for letting some of our guests join in.... even if some of them weren't too hot on their vocals!!!! ...Thanks again, you really are amazingly talented. Everyone had a great time and you really are brilliant in your manner and your music, so thank you once again!
Julie & Michael - 25 Aug 2009
My daughter booked ‘Govannen’ on our behalf through your agency for our party at Greetham Valley Golf Course. We had an absolutely wonderful evening due in no small part to Govannen who certainly made the party go with a swing.
Mrs Wardhaugh - 25 Mar 2009
Just a note to say a big thank you to Govannen who played at my Mum & Dad's Birthday at Greetham on Saturday night. They had a great night and every one was impressed with the band.
Emma Oglesbee - 25 Mar 2009
Just wanted to say a really huge thank you to you and Govannen for the live music at our party and apologies for being so delayed in passing on our appreciation. It was a fantastic night at the Nevill Arms in Medbourne (1st Sept), everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the band contributed immensely to the atmosphere and fun we all had. Please thank the band for us, 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 (despite our total inability to do proper Irish dancing, we gave it our best shot!!). So thanks again for providing such a great service and great band. I would recommend you and them anytime.
Sally & Andy Henderson - 5 Sep 2007
Main Category: Ceilidh Bands, Barn Dances & Folk
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4 Piece Band (default): Fiddle, Guitar/Vocals/Bodhran, Keys/Whistles, cajon drum
Standard Set Times: 2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute sets.
Space Required (w x d):
4 Piece 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
Hospitality/Artist Rider: Food for band (3 vegetarian) and soft drinks. Parking for 2 vehicles
Technical Requirement: electricity outlet & 4 chairs
2 x 60 or 3 x 40 minute sets.
Price surcharge for events in 2014
Add full disco service until 12.00am with dedicated DJ and full dance floor effect lighting.
Fantastic troupe of 6 Irish dancers to add something really special to your occasion! Half hour approx performance. Price may vary depending on distance.
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