From £445

Govannen is a 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.


Guitar/Vocals/Bodhran, Fiddle


Guitar/Vocals/Bodhran, Fiddle, Keyboards/Flutes/Vocals

Full band

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

Options & Extras
DIY disco option

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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Govannen is a 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 of 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.
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

As I Roved Out
Black is the Colour
Dirty Old Town
Fairytale of New York
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Ride On
She Moved Thru the Fair
Spancil Hill
Tell Me Ma
The Fields of Athenry
The Hammer Song
The Sally Gardens
The Water Is Wide
The Wild Rover
When Will We Be Married
Whisky In The Jar
Wild Mountain Thyme


500 Miles
Can’t Buy Me Love
Fields Of Gold
Get It On
God Only Knows
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Honky Tonk Women
Hound Dog
Love is All Around
Ring of Fire
Twist and Shout
Unchain My Heart
Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

Traditional tunes

A Stor Ms Chroi
Blarney Pilgrim
Harvest Home
Junior Creehans
Kerry Polkas
Kid on the Montain
King of the Fairies
Micky the Moulder
Morrisons Jig
Queen of the May
Sculley Caseys
The Butterfly
Tom Bettys Waltz

  1. Friendly and engaging

    Everyone really enjoyed your performance – very friendly and engaging so everyone was happy and keen to join in, and I think the mix between ceilidh dances and some more modern song performances was excellent. I particularly enjoyed ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)’ and I’m sure that contributed hugely to my hoarseness the following morning. I also liked the occasional free form ceilidh dancing which allowed those of us who had drunk slightly more to let rip with the partner dance moves.I’d certainly highly recommend you to anyone who wants a good fun and different post wedding breakfast experience.

  2. Fantastic time

    Just a quick note to say thank you so much. The band and Paul were just brilliant. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The event was wonderful and everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you for all your help and I will certainly be using you again.

  3. Superb performance

    Just to say thank you so much for your superb performance at our wedding reception on Saturday. You were absolutely amazing and really got the celebrations going. We cannot thank you enough and couldn’t recommend you enough in the future.

  4. Made our evening

    I wanted to get in touch and say thank you again for the fantastic music and service you provided during our wedding. We were really pleased at how much everyone enjoyed the music, and the dancing – we have had lots of positive feedback. Neil 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.

  5. Loved the band

    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.

  6. So many positive comments

    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.

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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…

Set Up Time
1 hours
Arrival Time
6:00 pm
Finish time
11:30 pm
Performance Options
Set Option 1
2 x 60 minute sets
Space required
Minimum space
3m x 3m
Maximum space
3m x 3m
PA System included
PA Suitable for
200 people
Stage Lighting
Dance Floor Lighting
Free use of PA via iPod etc
DJ included
Other requirements
Electricity outlet & 4 chairs
Food for band (3 vegetarian) and soft drinks. Parking for 2 vehicles
Full band

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