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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

  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • Oliverís Army
    Elvis Costello
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • Wonderwall
    Oasis
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Going Underground
    The Jam
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • Friday Iím In Love
    The Cure
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Just canít get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • Sheís Electric
    Oasis
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • With or without you
    U2
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Walk Of Life
    Dire Straits
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Last Dance For Me
    The Drifters
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • Got My Mind Set On You
    George Harrison
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • All These Things That I've Done
    The Killers
  • When We Collide
    Matt Cardle
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Lonely Boy
    Black Keys
  • I Will Wait
    Mumford and Sons
  • I Predict A Riot
    Kaisercheifs
  • Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
  • Look Good On The Dancefloor
    Artic Monkeys
  • Times Like These
    Foo Fighters
  • Read My Mind
    The Killers
  • Are You Ready For Love
    Elton John
  • Valerie
    Amy Winehouse
  • Human
    The Killers
  • Let Me Entertain You
    Robbie Williams
  • Love Me Like You
    The Magic Numbers
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Can't Stop
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Hey Soul Sister
    Train
  • Uprising
    Muse
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Jet
  • Locked Out Of Heaven
    Bruno Mars
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • Just The Way You Are
    Bruno Mars
  • I'm Yours
    Jason Mras
  • She's So Lovely
    Scouting for girls
  • Candy
    Robbie Williams

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

  • Twist And Shout
    The Beatles
  • Great Balls Of Fire
    Gerry Lee Lewis
  • Reet Petite
    Jackie Wilson
  • Back In The U.S.S.R
    The Beatles
  • Jailhouse Rock
    Elvis Presley
  • Shake Rattle And Roll
    Bill Haley
  • Me And Julio
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Burning Love
    Elvis Presley
  • Twist Again
    Chubby Checker
  • All shook up
    Elvis Presley
  • Hard Dayís Night
    The Beatles
  • Rocking Robyn
    Jackson 5
  • Crocodile Rock
    Elton John
  • Blue Suede Shoes
    Elvis Presley
  • Return To Sender
    Elvis Presley
  • Rock Around The Clock
    Bill Haley
  • Hucklebuck
    Brendan Bowyer
  • The Young Ones
    Cliff Richard
  • La Bamba
    Richie Valens
  • Run Around Sue
    Del Shannon
  • Shake Your Tail feather
    Ray Charles
  • Houndog
    Elvis Presley
  • Do You Love Me
    The Tremelos
  • Oh Boy
    Buddy Holly
  • Saw Her Standing There
    The Beatles
  • Please Please Me
    The Beatles
  • Hold Your Hand
    The Beatles
  • Day Tripper
    The Beatles
  • Runaway
    Del Shannon

Sample Slow Songs

  • In My Place
    Coldplay
  • Cannonball
    Damien Rice
  • Stuck In A Moment
    U2
  • Angels
    Robbie Williams
  • Lucky Man
    The Verve
  • Crazy Love
    Van Morrison
  • With Or Without You
    U2
  • One
    U2
  • You Got A Friend
    James Taylor
  • The Dance
    Garth Brooks
  • Your Song
    Elton John
  • Heaven
    Bryan Adams
  • Alison
    Elvis Costello
  • Fields Of Gold
    Sting
  • Beneath You're Beautiful
    Labrinth
  • Yellow
    Coldplay
  • Wonderful Tonight
    Eric Clapton
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
    Garth Brooks
  • Stuck On You
    Lionel Richie
  • Romeo And Juliet
    Dire Straits
  • First Cut Is The Deepest
    Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart
  • Better
    Tom Baxter
  • Baby Can I Hold Your Tonight
    Tracy Chapman/Boyzone
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Have I Told You Lately
    Van Morrison
  • Run
    Snow Patrol
  • Handbags And Gladrags
    Rod Stewart/The Stereophonics
  • The A Team
    Ed Sheeran
  • Make You Feel My Love
    Bob Dylan/Adele
  • Chasing Cars
    Snow Patrol