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Frequently-Asked Questions

Does John Travel?

Yes John is more than happy to travel Nationwide. All gigs are priced at a local rate and reasonable travel costs are applied when appropriate.

What does John play?

Sample lists of songs that John performs are available below - John has a broad repertoire of songs and is happy to work with you to completely tailor make your day/event.

Are you available on our event date?

Please feel free to contact John to discuss your date; note that Saturdays - particularly those in the Summer - and Holidays are often booked out a year or more in advance.

Do you take requests?

Yes. John has a broad repertoire of songs and is happy to work with you to completely tailor make your day/event.

Do you use backing tracks?

John is a vocalist and guitar player. In order to recreate that big band sound he uses high quality professionally recorded backing tracks to compliment his talents.

Are you able to play outside?

Yes, but this is Ireland and the weather will always be a factor as electrical equipment is used.

Can you play during the day?

John is a full time professional entertainer and can play events at any time of the day or night. John is always happy to accommodate the individual needs of every customer and work with them to achieve their perfect day.

How can we pay and do you need a deposit?

You can pay by cash, cheque, PAYPAL or online transfer. A €100 deposit is required to secure bookings. An email is then sent to confirm the booking and how and when the outstanding fee should be paid.

Can you provide other band options?

Yes. John can provide 3,4 and 5 piece band options for any event.

Packages including larger bands and additional entertainers can be arranged. Package costs can be spread out and paid by instalments. Special deals for off season and mid-week available. Contact us for details, and be sure to check out our specific Singing Chef website for further information.

Set Lists

John provides a wide selection of music to cater for all tastes; check out some of his sample set lists below.


Sample 80s & 90s Songs

  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • Can’t Hurry Love
    Phil Collins
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • She’s Electric
    Oasis
  • Video Killed The Radio Star
    The Buggles
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Wonderwall
    Oasis
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • With or without you
    U2
  • Just can’t get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • My Girl
    Madness
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

  • Fall At Your Feet
    Crowded House
  • High And Dry
    Radiohead
  • Everybody's Changing
    Keane
  • Keep It All In
    Beautiful South
  • Dosed
    Red Hot Chilli Pappers
  • Big Sur
    The Thrills
  • Talking About A Revolution
    Tracy Chapman
  • Have A Nice Day
    The Stereophonics
  • The Bends
    Radiohead
  • Don't Look Back In Anger
    Oasis
  • Maybe Tomorrow
    The Stereophonics
  • Knocking On Heavens Door
    Guns and Roses
  • Whistle For The Choir
    The Fratellis
  • Float On
    Modest Mouse
  • Man On The Moon
    R.E.M
  • Free Falling
    Tom Petty
  • Don't Go
    Hothouse Flowers
  • Losing My Religion
    R.E.M.
  • Breaking The Girl
    Red Hot Chilli Pappers
  • Save Tonight
    Eagle eye Cherry
  • Babylon
    David Gray
  • I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio
    The Stereophonics
  • Weather With You
    Crowded House
  • Karma Police
    Radiohead

Sample Country Songs

  • Ring Of Fire
    Johnny Cash
  • Standing outside the fire
    Garth Brooks
  • The Gambler
    Kenny Rogers
  • Friends In Low Places
    Garth Brooks
  • Wagon Wheel
    Darius Rucker
  • Ain't going down till the sun comes up
    Garth Brooks
  • Bad Moon Rising
    Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Country Roads
    John Denver
  • Ruby
    Kenny Rogers
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling
    Eagles
  • Folsom Prison Blues
    Johnny Cash
  • Forever And Ever Amen
    Randy Travis
  • Dance The Night Away
    The Mavericks
  • Walking In Memphis
    Marc Cohen
  • Act Naturally
    Buck Owens and the Buckaroos
  • Jackson
    Johnny Cash
  • Lying Eyes
    Eagles
  • Past The Point Of Rescue
    Mick Hanly
  • Thunder Road
    Garth Brooks
  • The Galway girl
    Mundy

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • Last Dance For Me
    The Drifters
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • 3 Steps To Heaven
    Dean Martin
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley
  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Got My Mind Set On You
    George Harrison
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon

Sample Irish Songs

  • Whiskey In The Jar
    Thin Lizzy
  • Wild Rover
    Traditional
  • Whole Of The Moon
    The Waterboys
  • Hills Of Donegal
    Goats Don't Shave
  • Brewing Up A Storm
    The Stunning
  • Galway Girl
    Sharon Shannon and Mundy
  • Fisherman's Blues
    The Waterboys
  • N17
    The Sawdoctors
  • Dirty Old Town
    The Pogues
  • The Fields Of Athenry
    Paddy Reilly
  • Don't Go
    Hothouse Flowers
  • July
    Mundy
  • Used to Love Her
    The Sawdoctors
  • Saints And Sinners
    Paddy Casey
  • Sally Maclennane
    The Pogues
  • Irish Rover
    The Pogues and The Dubliners
  • Fiesta
    The Pogues

Sample Modern Songs

  • Pick A Part That's New
    The Stereophonics
  • In The Morning
    Razorlght
  • Spitting Games
    Snow Patrol
  • Wagon Wheel
    Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • Candy
    Robbie Williams
  • Dani California
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • Locked Out Of Heaven
    Bruno Mars
  • Love Me Like You
    The Magic Numbers
  • Buck Rogers
    Feeder
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • Get Lucky
    Daft Punk
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
  • Sex On Fire
    Kings of Leon
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • I Will Wait
    Mumford and Sons
  • Lonely Boy
    Black Keys
  • Let her go
    Passenger
  • Naïve
    The Kooks
  • All The Small Things
    Blink 182
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Read My Mind
    The Killers
  • Bones
    The Killers
  • Monster
    The Automatic
  • Impossible
    James Arthur
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas

Sample Old Time Songs

  • Molly Malone
    Traditional
  • Old Flames
    Foster and Allen
  • Where Do You Go To My Lovely
    Peter Sarstedt
  • The Galway Shawl
    Traditional
  • Red Rose Café
    The Fureys
  • Spancil Hill
    Traditional
  • Streets Of New York
    Wolfe Tones
  • Grace
    Jim McCann
  • Black Velvet Band
    Traditional
  • One Day At A Time
    Margo
  • Wild Colonial Boy
    Traditional
  • Streets of London
    Ralph McTell

Sample Rock Songs

  • My Generation
    The Who
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • My Sharona
    The Knack
  • Hotel California
    The Eagles
  • Superstition
    Stevie Wonder
  • Satisfaction
    The Rolling Stones
  • Jumping Jack Flash
    The Rolling Stones
  • Life In The Fast Lane
    Eagles
  • Dancing In The Moonlight
    Thin Lizzy
  • Summer Of 69
    Bryan Adams
  • Jessie's Girl
    Rick Springfield
  • Born To Run
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Living on a Prayer
    Bon Jovi
  • Brewing Up A Storm
    The Stunning
  • Don't Stop Believing
    Journey
  • The Boys Are Back In Town
    Thin Lizzy

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

  • Shake Rattle And Roll
    Bill Haley
  • Me And Julio
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Hucklebuck
    Brendan Bowyer
  • Houndog
    Elvis Presley
  • Rock Around The Clock
    Bill Haley
  • Please Please Me
    The Beatles
  • Hold Your Hand
    The Beatles
  • Return To Sender
    Elvis Presley
  • Shake Your Tail feather
    Ray Charles
  • Day Tripper
    The Beatles
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Back In The U.S.S.R
    The Beatles
  • Saw Her Standing There
    The Beatles
  • Jailhouse Rock
    Elvis Presley
  • Twist And Shout
    The Beatles
  • La Bamba
    Richie Valens
  • Never Can Tell
    Chuck Berry
  • Rave On
    Buddy Holly
  • Crocodile Rock
    Elton John
  • Rocking Robyn
    Jackson 5
  • All shook up
    Elvis Presley
  • Blue Suede Shoes
    Elvis Presley
  • Run Around Sue
    Del Shannon
  • Runaway
    Del Shannon
  • Burning Love
    Elvis Presley
  • Hard Day’s Night
    The Beatles
  • Do You Love Me
    The Tremelos
  • Twist Again
    Chubby Checker
  • Oh Boy
    Buddy Holly
  • Reet Petite
    Jackie Wilson

Sample Slow Songs

  • Better
    Tom Baxter
  • Have I Told You Lately
    Van Morrison
  • Fields Of Gold
    Sting
  • Man Who Can't Be Moved
    The Script
  • Wicked Game
    Chris Isaccs
  • In My Place
    Coldplay
  • Angels
    Robbie Williams
  • Crazy Love
    Van Morrison
  • The Dance
    Garth Brooks
  • Make You Feel My Love
    Bob Dylan/Adele
  • Cannonball
    Damien Rice
  • First Cut Is The Deepest
    Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart
  • You Got A Friend
    James Taylor
  • No Woman No Cry
    Bob Marley
  • Stuck On You
    Lionel Richie
  • Heaven
    Bryan Adams
  • Run
    Snow Patrol
  • Lucky Man
    The Verve
  • One
    U2
  • Baby Can I Hold Your Tonight
    Tracy Chapman/Boyzone
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
    Garth Brooks
  • Beneath You're Beautiful
    Labrinth
  • Handbags And Gladrags
    Rod Stewart/The Stereophonics
  • Wonderful Tonight
    Eric Clapton
  • The A Team
    Ed Sheeran
  • Alison
    Elvis Costello
  • With Or Without You
    U2
  • Your Song
    Elton John
  • Stuck In A Moment
    U2
  • Yellow
    Coldplay