John Cavanagh  Glasgow, GB

John Cavanagh
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John Cavanagh

John Cavanagh

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Highlights

John Cavanagh is a professional voice over artist and broadcaster with over 20 years experience in both fields.
In 2014, John Cavanagh's voice was heard by over 3 billion tv viewers worldwide, thanks to his role in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies as English Language Announcer. Of these performances, Greg Fox, Headline Talent Producer at FiveCurrents, said: "I cannot begin to tell you how appreciative we are of your performances, both in the protracted rehearsals and in the live event... And one things that stands out in your performance is that fact that after receiving the initial notes of what we were looking for from you, we did not give you a single note once rehearsal started, you simply understood exactly what we were looking for and delivered it spot-on, every time. I am truly looking forward to working with you again in the near future."

Although Scottish, Cavanagh does not have a strong regional accent and can mimic many different voices to produce different character and dialect styles in rapid succession. With a three octave vocal range for singing, John Cavanagh's voice is readily able to encompass a wide age range in speech terms: from young, lively adult with a hard-sell style to elderly sounding voice parts.

Cavanagh is one of the few people to have broadcast for all five BBC UK radio networks, including presenting heavy rock music on Radio One to opera on Radio Three, along with World Service/BBC International, BBC Radio Scotland and much more.

For 17 years, John Cavanagh worked as a BBC continuity announcer and newsreader. His television voice-over work includes 14 seasons as the voice of the Classified Football Results on BBC1 tv in Scotland, which led to a collaboration with Turner Prize nominee Simon Patterson for the Tate Modern Gallery in London.

With an ability to mimic different voices, Cavanagh has performed in his own one-man stage show, where he interviewed imaginary guests, swapping from his own voice to theirs as questions and answers were exchanged. These performances ranged from female voice (Delia Derbyshire, creator of the original Doctor Who theme) to a strong Dundonian Scottish accent.

Other voices Cavanagh can handle easily range from accurately mimicking dj's such as John Peel and Alan Freeman to camp-voiced British stars like Kenneth Williams and the darker horror movie styles of Christopher Lee and John Hurt.

The first voice over John Cavanagh recorded was for a Sony Records tv campaign back in 1991, advertising a punk compilation cd album called Sound of the Suburbs. Since them his voice over and narration work has ranged from hard edged tv and radio commercials to narrating documentaries on sensitive subjects such as war and even the work of a mortuary service.

In between these extremes lie a wealth of projects including audiobook narrations, corporate videos, computer games character voices, trailers for tv & radio, awards ceremonies and stage presentations including introducing Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium and Metallica from the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donnington.

John Cavanagh's other work includes making music, both solo under the name Phosphene and as part of the duo Electroscope, producing albums by the likes of Rab Noakes, Lol Coxhill, Family Elan, Trembling Bells and many more to writing a book on Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd and the emergent counterculture of 1960s London.

In the past, Cavanagh ran an antique shop; in the present he continues his broadcast and voice-over work, whilst enjoying hosting public events and discussions with the likes of Andrew Loog Oldham, Barry Miles, Jenny Fabian, Joe Boyd etc. and conducting discussions with film directors at events in the Glasgow Film Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Languages

English, English (Scottish)

Accents

Scottish

Ages

Middle Aged, Senior, Young Adult

Special Skills

Audiobooks, Business, Cartoons, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Jingles, Movie Trailers, Music, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames

Experience

John Cavanagh offers more than two decades experience as a professional radio presenter, voice over artist, writer, musician and record producer, stage performer.

Broadcast work commenced with BBC Scotland in 1989. Worked for Radio Clyde in 1990. Returned to BBC for the launch Radio Five in August '90 and have freelanced across a vast range of the Corporation's services since, including Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5 Live, World Service, Radio International, BBC1 tv, BBC 2 tv, BBC Radio Scotland etc.
Commercial voice overs commenced in 1991 with work for Sony Records. Corporate work began shortly after that.

Credentials

Education

Here are some comments on John Cavanagh's work from clients who have booked him here at Voices.com.

"John is a great actor who is concerned about giving the best results he can. Nothing but great marks to give this guy." Posted by: Brad Bower Sep 11, 2012

"very professionnal, very enthousiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John" Posted by: Franck Debane Aug 17, 2012

"To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!" Posted by: Michael Hendrickson Jun 27, 2012

"John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project." Posted by: Mahad Ibrahim May 08, 2012

" What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)" Posted by: Daniel Morrison Mar 02, 2012

" It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!" Posted by: Kenny Hannah Nov 18, 2011

" Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery." Posted by: Svein Berge Mar 19, 2011

Studio

  • Microphone

    Dave Pearlman valve microphone with JoeMeek mic preamp.

  • Computer & Software

    Macintosh i-Mac

  • Special Equipment

    Pro-Tools, Skype

  • Delivery Methods

    File upload via sendspace or dropbox in .wav, .aiff, .mp3 etc or cd by post.

  • Turnaround Time

    Within 24 hours, depending on the project

Service Description

John Cavanagh has presented radio shows for the BBC since 1990, working across all five U.K. networks (and playing everything from heavy rock on Radio One to opera on Radio Three!), plus BBC Radio Scotland, World Service/Radio International etc.
I've worked as a commercial voice-over artist since 1991 and have also appeared as the voice of an installation piece at the Tate Modern, narrated tv & film documentaries and introduced live music events - from Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium to the Islay Jazz Festival in Scotland's Western Isles.
Aside from broadcast work, I make music under the name Phosphene, I've written a book about the early days of Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd, which I narrated for the Audible.com audio library in 2009. I produce records and, in 2009, took part in my first stage show, a one-man performance as part of Glasgow's Arches Live festival.

Testimonials

It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!

Kenny Hannah, SQMC, Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom

Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery.

Svein Berge, Harpex Limited

What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)

Daniel Morrison, San Francisco, for Tarnished book narration

John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project.

Mahad Ibrahim, Gobee Group, Bellevue, Washington

To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!

Michael Hendrickson

very professional, very enthusiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John

(For i-pad app story-reading project)

Franck Debane

Client List

Voices.com clients:
Kenny Hannah, Dunfermline, Fife, United Kingdom
Svein Berge, Harpex Limited
Mahad Ibrahim, Gobee Group, Bellevue, Washington
Daniel Morrison, San Francisco

Voice-over clients across time include BBC network television and radio, Sony Records, Mercury Telecommunications, Visit Scotland (Scotland's National tourism organisation), SMG/Scottish Media Group, Philtre Films, Red Facilities, News International, plus many commercial voice overs and corporate film voice overs which I can't think of now across more than two decades!

Payment Terms

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1 / 5
Mar 5, 2016

Wonderful read. Great responsiveness. Calm and collect.

2 / 5
Dec 9, 2015

3 / 5
Oct 27, 2015

John is superfast. Got my Voice Over on the same day and he has a really superb voice, which suits to many projects.

From
Marko Koks
4 / 5
Sep 29, 2015

John surpassed our expectations with his exemplary service and professionalism. He delivered a top-notch product that met our voice needs while hitting all deadlines.

From
JT Waresak
5 / 5
Sep 25, 2015

Client was incredibly pleased with you work. Great job!!!

6 / 5
Aug 28, 2015

Wonderful Work All the Way!

7 / 5
Aug 24, 2015

Excellent work John! the client wanted me to say thank you for your fine work!

8 / 5
Aug 13, 2015

John was incredible.

I handed him a script filled not only with words in a different language, but also quite a few places where I was hoping for emotional resonance, no easy feat. On all accounts, he not only made it sound incredible, he also made it feel like it was coming from the heart and the most natural thing for him to say.

To boot, he turned it all around in a couple of days, including a few pick ups. I'm looking forward to hopefully working with him again.

9 / 5
Jun 29, 2015

Thank you for being so prompt and for doing both the MP3 and WAV versions. By the time I got to your email you had sent the second one!

10 / 5
Jun 22, 2015

Great work John, thanks for making this project a breeze!

11 / 5
Jun 16, 2015

Great service. Client is very happy with John's voice.

From
Ricky Wood
12 / 5
Jun 3, 2015

Super fast and prompt! Nailed the VO on the first try :D

13 / 5
Jun 3, 2015

John brought my writing to life and created a dynamic and depth to the piece that I had not even hoped to achieve!

Fantastic actor and a godsend for this project.

From
Tonda Ros
14 / 5
May 14, 2015

Great job!

From
Lisi Hentz
15 / 5
Mar 27, 2015

Great work!

16 / 5
Jan 30, 2015

John was quick to communicate, despite the ocean between us. He was agreeable and easy to work with...and he has a fantastic voice!

17 / 5
Jan 14, 2015

Acting was great, really natural and very good tone but lots of secondary noise on the recording (mouth sounds)

18 / 5
Jan 9, 2015

John is fantastic to work with, we have never had a bad experience!

19 / 5
Nov 18, 2014

Great work John - thank you!

20 / 5
Nov 10, 2014

21 / 5
Oct 28, 2014

John was a pleasure to work with and had a tremendous range of delivery! Our client was absolutely thrilled - I would welcome the opportunity to work with him again.

22 / 5
Oct 8, 2014

Wonderful voice and acting! Great talent! Thank you!

23 / 5
Sep 12, 2014

Fantastic work. Very quick, efficient and a wonderful voice.

24 / 5
Aug 14, 2014

Excellent work!! Fast turn around and high quality files!! True perfection!!

From
Rob Mundy
25 / 5
Aug 6, 2014

John was very professional and easy to work with, and we were pleased with the end product.

26 / 5
Aug 1, 2014

Great work!

27 / 5
Jul 31, 2014

John is the best! Quick, responsive, coachable and very talented. Gave us a couple reads and that is all we needed! Highlight recommended A+++

From
Josh Ralya
28 / 5
Jul 30, 2014

Great job. Very quick turnaround and a good selection of takes. Pleasure to deal with!

From
Ricky Wood
29 / 5
Jun 18, 2014

Great voice and great service

30 / 5
Jun 16, 2014

¡It's been lovely to work with John!

31 / 5
Jun 15, 2014

Got the stamp of approval from the client last week John. Thanks so much for the great work. Will keep you top of mind if any additional work comes up.

Thanks again and talk soon!
-Sam

32 / 5
Jun 3, 2014

From
Ryan Garry
33 / 5
May 21, 2014

Superb voice work!

34 / 5
May 12, 2014

35 / 5
Apr 17, 2014

Pleasure working with John! Has a great understanding of character and brings it in his voice performance. Thorough professional and really fast to work with. Absolutely recommend to others.

-Alex

From
Alex Storm
36 / 5
Apr 17, 2014

A top-notch voice actor easy to work with

37 / 5
Apr 12, 2014

Did an outstanding job with the direction we were looking for. Delivered fast and executed with no questions asked!

From
matt krane
38 / 5
Apr 7, 2014

39 / 5
Nov 28, 2013

John did an excellent Job for us, he was very helpful and responded quickly.

40 / 5
Oct 31, 2013

Incredibly responsive and professional, someone you can count on. A++

41 / 5
Oct 24, 2013

Very responsive, professional and accommodating, 5 stars!

42 / 5
Oct 18, 2013

Responsive and competent! Thank you.

43 / 5
Sep 26, 2013

Hi John

Thanks for a great job. Still waiting for the feedback from the customer. That can only be small changes.

44 / 5
Aug 26, 2013

Working with John is great! The voiceovers are just what we need, and the turnaround time is incredible.
Thank, John!

45 / 5
Aug 25, 2013

Excellent work, and great attention to detail. Thank you John!

46 / 5
Aug 12, 2013

Excellent talent! It was a pleasure to work with John!

47 / 5
Jul 29, 2013

A true professional that has been a pleasure to work with. Even with time zone complications he always had the voice-over ready earlier than I expected. You won't go wrong with John.

48 / 5
Jul 19, 2013

Mr. John Cavanagh did an incredible job and nailed the voice we were looking for, would hire him again in an instant.

49 / 5
May 9, 2013

John had extra lines out in 5 minutes! Amazing turn around time! A true professional!

I look forward to working together again!

50 / 5
Apr 15, 2013

It is always a pleasure to work with John. Very professional and quick to deliver files.

51 / 5
Mar 9, 2013

It is always a pleasure to work with John. He is professionel, he works fast and he has a fantastic voice. I will recommend John anytime.

52 / 5
Mar 3, 2013

Professional, flexible and very talented. John was a pleasure to work with.

From
RJ Balch
53 / 5
Feb 7, 2013

John truly is a professional voice artist and I can't wait to work with him again.

54 / 5
Nov 22, 2012

Great voice, helped us with a last minute job.

55 / 5
Nov 16, 2012

John understands the character he is set out to voice and he sounds like he got lots of fun doing them. Quick and professional actor. Recommended.

56 / 5
Nov 12, 2012

Wonderful voice, so easy to work with (turnaround time was often within an hour!), personally invested in the success of my project, and was able to modulate his voice over enough to give us several different options to choose from.

I would absolutely work with John again!

57 / 5
Nov 6, 2012

John brought the scottish dwarf to life with his gritty and wonderful voice. Recommended to all!

58 / 5
Oct 24, 2012

John brings a great voice and quality to the character presented to him, a thrill to work with!

59 / 5
Sep 11, 2012

John is a great actor who is concerned about giving the best results he can. Nothing but great marks to give this guy.

60 / 5
Aug 28, 2012

From
Olaf Kok
61 / 5
Aug 17, 2012

very professionnal, very enthousiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John

62 / 5
Jul 3, 2012

63 / 5
Jun 27, 2012

To describe what I think about what John did with the prose that I presented him is beyond my capability to give it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so very much more than I could have ever expected. Thank you John, you have a gift that is unbelievable with your voice and the talent to use it in such a soft, delicate and soulful manner. I can see working together with you in future!

Thank you John,
Michael Hendrickson

64 / 5
May 8, 2012

John completed recording our narration is record time and was willing to accomodate our less than realistic deadline. Much appreciated! The recording was excellent. We look forward to working with John on the next project.

65 / 5
Mar 2, 2012

What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)

66 / 5
Nov 19, 2011

It was a pleasure to work with John. Great communications, quick turnaround, and his performance was just as I'd hoped when our video project was first being planned. Highly recommended!

67 / 5
Mar 19, 2011

Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery.