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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

  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • Can’t Hurry Love
    Phil Collins
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats
  • My Girl
    Madness
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Just can’t get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • All right
    Supergrass
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • She’s Electric
    Oasis
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Things
    Bobby Darin
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Last Dance For Me
    The Drifters
  • Got My Mind Set On You
    George Harrison
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • 3 Steps To Heaven
    Dean Martin
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Walk Of Life
    Dire Straits
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Dakota
    The Stereophonics
  • Learn to Fly
    Foo Fighters
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • In The Morning
    Razorlght
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Jet
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • I Will Wait
    Mumford and Sons
  • Wagon Wheel
    Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Time Is Running Out
    Muse
  • Fill My Little World
    The Feeling
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • All The Small Things
    Blink 182
  • When You Were Young
    The Killers
  • Uprising
    Muse
  • Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs
  • Seven Nation Army
    White Stripes
  • Somebody Told Me
    The Killers
  • Express Yourself
    Labrinth
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • Don't Stop Believing
    Journey
  • We Are Young
    Fun
  • Last Night
    The Strokes
  • Just The Way You Are
    Bruno Mars
  • Let Me Entertain You
    Robbie Williams
  • Get Lucky
    Daft Punk
  • Spitting Games
    Snow Patrol

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

  • Make You Feel My Love
    Bob Dylan/Adele
  • Angels
    Robbie Williams
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Beneath You're Beautiful
    Labrinth
  • The A Team
    Ed Sheeran
  • Your Song
    Elton John
  • Wonderful Tonight
    Eric Clapton
  • First Cut Is The Deepest
    Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart
  • Better
    Tom Baxter
  • Run
    Snow Patrol
  • Man Who Can't Be Moved
    The Script
  • The Voyage
    Christy Moore
  • Handbags And Gladrags
    Rod Stewart/The Stereophonics
  • Chasing Cars
    Snow Patrol
  • Lucky Man
    The Verve
  • Have I Told You Lately
    Van Morrison
  • In My Place
    Coldplay
  • One
    U2
  • Cannonball
    Damien Rice
  • Fields Of Gold
    Sting
  • With Or Without You
    U2
  • Wicked Game
    Chris Isaccs
  • Heaven
    Bryan Adams
  • Baby Can I Hold Your Tonight
    Tracy Chapman/Boyzone
  • Alison
    Elvis Costello
  • Yellow
    Coldplay
  • Stuck In A Moment
    U2
  • Crazy Love
    Van Morrison
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
    Garth Brooks
  • Romeo And Juliet
    Dire Straits