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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

  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Just canít get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Friday Iím In Love
    The Cure
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • Going Underground
    The Jam
  • With or without you
    U2
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • Canít Hurry Love
    Phil Collins
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • The King Of Rock And Roll
    Prefab Sprout
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • Wonderwall
    Oasis
  • My Girl
    Madness
  • Oliverís Army
    Elvis Costello
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Last Dance For Me
    The Drifters
  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • Delilah
    Tom Jones
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • Forever In Blue Jeans
    Neil Diamond
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • Things
    Bobby Darin
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Bones
    The Killers
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Hey Soul Sister
    Train
  • Express Yourself
    Labrinth
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Chelsea Dagger
    The Fratellis
  • Fill My Little World
    The Feeling
  • Last Night
    The Strokes
  • She's So Lovely
    Scouting for girls
  • Use Somebody
    Kings of Leon
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Jet
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • Fans
    The Kings of Leon
  • Get Lucky
    Daft Punk
  • Jenny Don't Be Hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • Buck Rogers
    Feeder
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Human
    The Killers
  • Candy
    Robbie Williams
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • Seven Nation Army
    White Stripes
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • When We Collide
    Matt Cardle
  • Dakota
    The Stereophonics
  • Happy
    Pharrell Williams
  • Let her go
    Passenger
  • Are You Ready For Love
    Elton John
  • Somebody Told Me
    The Killers
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

  • Make You Feel My Love
    Bob Dylan/Adele
  • You Got A Friend
    James Taylor
  • Have I Told You Lately
    Van Morrison
  • Beneath You're Beautiful
    Labrinth
  • Angels
    Robbie Williams
  • Yellow
    Coldplay
  • Alison
    Elvis Costello
  • With Or Without You
    U2
  • Chasing Cars
    Snow Patrol
  • The Dance
    Garth Brooks
  • Crazy Love
    Van Morrison
  • No Woman No Cry
    Bob Marley
  • Cannonball
    Damien Rice
  • One
    U2
  • Your Song
    Elton John
  • Stuck In A Moment
    U2
  • Heaven
    Bryan Adams
  • Stuck On You
    Lionel Richie
  • Better
    Tom Baxter
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
    Garth Brooks
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Fields Of Gold
    Sting
  • Lucky Man
    The Verve
  • The A Team
    Ed Sheeran
  • Romeo And Juliet
    Dire Straits
  • Handbags And Gladrags
    Rod Stewart/The Stereophonics
  • Wicked Game
    Chris Isaccs
  • Wonderful Tonight
    Eric Clapton
  • In My Place
    Coldplay
  • Baby Can I Hold Your Tonight
    Tracy Chapman/Boyzone