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John Cavanagh

Glasgow, GB
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John Cavanagh

  Glasgow, GB

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, Movie Trailers, 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

    Neumann U87 mic with MOTU M8 interface into Pro-Tools.

  • 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

Voice Over Clients

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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Next Steps

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  • Internet
    / 5 Ian Callander for Job #206364 Voices.com - Social Video's x2 GREAT JOB!
    Nov 21, 2016
  • Business
    / 5 George Wiley for Job #202096 MenCon Opener_1 John was excellent to work with!
    Oct 20, 2016
  • Videogames
    / 5 Martin Kupski for Job #201962 Acaratus Cinematic VO Perfect and even on the first try! Fantastic to work with and quick to respond. Great quality on the voice work also.
    Sep 30, 2016
  • Movie Trailers
    / 5 Alexey Novikov for Job #203588 Islamic Solidarity Games Baku 2017
    Sep 28, 2016
  • Business
    / 5 Benny Goldman for Job #195371 OfficeEarth Animation Excellent Job. As my client said "a winner"!
    Aug 16, 2016
  • Internet
    / 5 Trevon Buccione for Job #193644 Voices - Internet - Mid-Atlantic Accent Thanks!
    Aug 12, 2016
  • Internet
    / 5 Sam Park for Job #194717 Voices - Private Invitation - Corporate Video VO GREAT JOB!!
    Aug 3, 2016
  • Videogames
    / 5 Oskari Samiola for Job #195010 INFRA Part II Voice Over Excellent work with quick delivery!
    Jul 27, 2016
  • Videogames
    / 5 Joe Parisi for Job #164627 Ember - John Cavanagh Excellent and accommodating!
    Jul 1, 2016
  • Educational
    / 5 Emily Campbell for Job #178084 Voices- Animated Medical Instruction Video John was awesome to work with! Great job.
    Jun 16, 2016
  • Business
    / 5 Elia Brodsky for Job #179976 Foundation Repair Explainer Video great work
    Jun 7, 2016
  • Internet
    / 5 Leonard Hospidor for Job #187783 Middle Grade book trailer VO Perfect every time!
    May 31, 2016
  • Television
    / 5 Ricky Wood for Job #184931 Landmark 30 sec TV Ad Update Great service!
    May 31, 2016
  • Business
    / 5 Jamal Al-Asmi for Job #170489 A read you? OOREDOO SOHO SCRIPT Wonderful read. Great responsiveness. Calm and collect.
    Mar 5, 2016
  • Internet
    / 5 Atul Shankar for Job #163521 ERS AV 2
    Dec 9, 2015
  • Business
    / 5 Marko Koks for Job #161701 Courtal John is superfast. Got my Voice Over on the same day and he has a really superb voice, which suits to many projects.
    Oct 27, 2015
  • Audiobooks
    / 5 JT Waresak for Job #157192 eBook 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.
    Sep 29, 2015
  • Videogames
    / 5 Michael Di Lullo for Job #157378 VOICES - VG Opening Cinematic Client was incredibly pleased with you work. Great job!!!
    Sep 25, 2015
  • Documentaries
    / 5 Kenneth Nielson for Job #153681 Voices - Non-Profit Short Film - Poetry Read - Scottish Accent Wonderful Work All the Way!
    Aug 28, 2015
  • Audiobooks
    / 5 Dale Dupuis for Job #151573 Voices - The Lost Souls of Draco Excellent work John! the client wanted me to say thank you for your fine work!
    Aug 24, 2015
  • Educational
    / 5 Jeremy Shuback for Job #152288 Explainer Video for Jewish Mourning Process 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.
    Aug 13, 2015
  • Educational
    / 5 Alison Goldsmith for Job #146965 Lawn bowls UK 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!

    Jun 29, 2015
  • Internet
    / 5 Keri Hayter for Job #146614 Animated Internet Video Great work John, thanks for making this project a breeze!
    Jun 22, 2015
  • Television
    / 5 Ricky Wood for Job #144141 Landmark 30 sec TV Ad Great service. Client is very happy with John's voice.
    Jun 16, 2015
  • Videogames
    / 5 Kert Gartner for Job #143160 VO for Devolver Digital Press conference video at the Electronic Entertainment Expo Super fast and prompt! Nailed the VO on the first try :D
    Jun 3, 2015
  • Internet
    / 5 Tonda Ros for Job #142651 Word Sculputre 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.
    Jun 3, 2015
  • Audiobooks
    / 5 Lisi Hentz for Job #142313 Voices - Addition to job number 58504 Great job!
    May 14, 2015
  • Videogames
    / 5 Michael Di Lullo for Job #136742 VOICES - Character for a video game trailer Great work!
    Mar 27, 2015
  • Internet
    / 5 Aaron Smith for Job #126736 14-IZZ-0375 - izzy+ Valentines Film John was quick to communicate, despite the ocean between us. He was agreeable and easy to work with...and he has a fantastic voice!
    Jan 30, 2015
  • Internet
    / 5 THIBAUT DEHEM for Job #120733 LTC Acting was great, really natural and very good tone but lots of secondary noise on the recording (mouth sounds)
    Jan 14, 2015
  • Business
    / 5 Stephanie Dickson for Job #125280 Voices: Internet Video - 500 words John is fantastic to work with, we have never had a bad experience!
    Jan 9, 2015
  • Internet
    / 5 Sara Williamson for Job #123366 Voices - Job Opportunity with John for Sara Great work John - thank you!
    Nov 18, 2014
  • Movie Trailers
    / 5 Carson Bankord for Job #120032 A night of worship
    Nov 10, 2014
  • Television
    / 5 Kimberley Mcarthur for Job #118957 Toaster Strudel :15s (3 spots) 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.
    Oct 28, 2014
  • Videogames
    / 5 Tatyana Sentyakova for Job #115249 The Simurgh (mythical flying creature) Wonderful voice and acting! Great talent! Thank you!
    Oct 8, 2014
  • Internet
    / 5 Ryan Rumbolt for Job #116906 Rentalcars.com VO Fantastic work. Very quick, efficient and a wonderful voice.
    Sep 12, 2014
  • Internet
    / 5 Rob Mundy for Job #113559 Voices - Video Series - Internet - Teaching Excellent work!! Fast turn around and high quality files!! True perfection!!
    Aug 14, 2014
  • Television
    / 5 Kim Buttery for Job #114129 Creative Advert VO John was very professional and easy to work with, and we were pleased with the end product.
    Aug 6, 2014
  • Business
    / 5 Kirsty Stark for Job #113627 **RUSH** - Voices - Internal Presentation Great work!
    Aug 1, 2014
  • Business
    / 5 Josh Ralya for Job #110154 Training Video John is the best! Quick, responsive, coachable and very talented. Gave us a couple reads and that is all we needed! Highlight recommended A+++
    Jul 31, 2014
  • Television
    / 5 Ricky Wood for Job #113691 Local TV Ad - 1x10 and possible 20 sec Great job. Very quick turnaround and a good selection of takes. Pleasure to deal with!
    Jul 30, 2014
  • Business
    / 5 Peter Smith for Job #108558 MultiTrust Great voice and great service
    Jun 18, 2014
  • Business
    / 5 Santi González-Barros for Job #109256 Video about Research at the University of Navarra ¡It's been lovely to work with John!
    Jun 16, 2014
  • Business
    / 5 Samuel Hogerton for Job #108134 Hermle Machine - Rally Cry Video 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
    Jun 15, 2014
  • Audiobooks
    / 5 Ryan Garry for Job #108513 John Cavanagh, Chess Match
    Jun 3, 2014
  • Internet
    / 5 Stephanie Dickson for Job #104305 Voices: Audio/Video Taglines - 92 words Superb voice work!
    May 21, 2014
  • Business
    / 5 Sebastian Reed for Job #105317 Swedish Lottery "Adolescents"
    May 12, 2014
  • Cartoons
    / 5 Alex Storm for Job #103876 3d animation project for school 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
    Apr 17, 2014
  • Internet
    / 5 Leonard Hospidor for Job #101848 The Luck Uglies Book trailer A top-notch voice actor easy to work with
    Apr 17, 2014
  • Internet
    / 5 matt krane for Job #103485 Social Media Application Internet Video Did an outstanding job with the direction we were looking for. Delivered fast and executed with no questions asked!
    Apr 12, 2014
  • Business
    / 5 parag shrivastava for Job #94382 Medypal
    Apr 7, 2014
  • Videogames
    / 5 Tim Pelgrim for Job #87489 Land of Mislaid; interactive childrens storybook John did an excellent Job for us, he was very helpful and responded quickly.
    Nov 28, 2013
  • Business
    / 5 Lev Maximovsky for Job #89580 Small revisions on VO's for passenger data toolkit Incredibly responsive and professional, someone you can count on. A++
    Oct 31, 2013
  • Business
    / 5 Lev Maximovsky for Job #88866 IATA Passenger Data toolkit (voice-over for video 3, amended version) Very responsive, professional and accommodating, 5 stars!
    Oct 24, 2013
  • Business
    / 5 Lev Maximovsky for Job #88311 IATA Passenger Data toolkit (voice-over for video) Responsive and competent! Thank you.
    Oct 18, 2013
  • Business
    / 5 Per Sørensen for Job #85806 E learning Hi John

    Thanks for a great job. Still waiting for the feedback from the customer. That can only be small changes.
    Sep 26, 2013
  • Videogames
    / 5 Ruslan Efimov for Job #84166 RF2 (Narrator) Working with John is great! The voiceovers are just what we need, and the turnaround time is incredible.
    Thank, John!
    Aug 26, 2013
  • Business
    / 5 Salomon Albert for Job #82635 www.save-on-water.com Excellent work, and great attention to detail. Thank you John!
    Aug 25, 2013
  • Videogames
    / 5 Tatyana Sentyakova for Job #82478 Saimon (redo for the job posting #80914) Excellent talent! It was a pleasure to work with John!
    Aug 12, 2013
  • Internet
    / 5 Brian Arabsky for Job #82240 Stor-More Closets 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.
    Jul 29, 2013
  • Movie Trailers
    / 5 Michael Bast for Job #81679 Death's Academy Book Trailer Mr. John Cavanagh did an incredible job and nailed the voice we were looking for, would hire him again in an instant.
    Jul 19, 2013
  • Documentaries
    / 5 Jeremy Eichler for Job #76008 NOFIMA - 3min Documentary John had extra lines out in 5 minutes! Amazing turn around time! A true professional!

    I look forward to working together again!
    May 9, 2013
  • Videogames
    / 5 Ruslan Efimov for Job #75262 PR (Illusionist_1) It is always a pleasure to work with John. Very professional and quick to deliver files.
    Apr 15, 2013
  • Business
    / 5 Christian Mogensen for Job #72685 The new Joint Energy Centre 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.
    Mar 9, 2013
  • Educational
    / 5 RJ Balch for Job #70646 10Q Professional, flexible and very talented. John was a pleasure to work with.
    Mar 3, 2013
  • Internet
    / 5 Andreas Brixen for Job #70391 Nektar John truly is a professional voice artist and I can't wait to work with him again.
    Feb 7, 2013
  • Internet
    / 5 Matt Rutherford for Job #66259 Pfizer Puppies Great voice, helped us with a last minute job.
    Nov 22, 2012
  • Videogames
    / 5 Frostburn Studios for Job #66645 Slickz The chameleon monk 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.
    Nov 16, 2012
  • Documentaries
    / 5 karen duffin for Job #65788 Skoll Foundation Video 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!
    Nov 12, 2012
  • Videogames
    / 5 Frostburn Studios for Job #65822 Gunnar the dwarven artillerist John brought the scottish dwarf to life with his gritty and wonderful voice. Recommended to all!
    Nov 6, 2012
  • Videogames
    / 5 Frostburn Studios for Job #65282 Jack, The Headless Horseman John brings a great voice and quality to the character presented to him, a thrill to work with!
    Oct 24, 2012
  • Videogames
    / 5 Frostburn Studios for Job #62573 Seven Deadly sins: Wrath John is a great actor who is concerned about giving the best results he can. Nothing but great marks to give this guy.
    Sep 11, 2012
  • / 5 Olaf Kok for Job #59031 Amsterdam Gaypride
    Aug 28, 2012
  • Audiobooks
    / 5 Franck Debane for Job #58404 Mr Seguin's Goat very professionnal, very enthousiastic, excellent quality result. A pleasure to work with John
    Aug 17, 2012
  • Television
    / 5 Jennifer Howe for Job #58313 London/Winnipeg Gold Buyer
    Jul 3, 2012
  • Audiobooks
    / 5 Michael Hendrickson for Job #58504 love letter 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
    Jun 27, 2012
  • Internet
    / 5 Mahad Ibrahim for Job #55610 Narration for video describing Vietnamese research project 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.
    May 8, 2012
  • Audiobooks
    / 5 Daniel Morrison for Job #50578 Fantasy Novel Audio Read What a pro! I won't use anybody else for this work. :)
    Mar 2, 2012
  • Business
    / 5 Kenny Hannah for Job #45844 Narration for Short Promo Video of Scottish Company 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!
    Nov 19, 2011
  • Internet
    / 5 Svein Berge for Job #33441 Harpex-B Top-notch, professional quality and quick delivery.
    Mar 19, 2011