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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

  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • Going Underground
    The Jam
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • Oliver’s Army
    Elvis Costello
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • She’s Electric
    Oasis
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Wonderwall
    Oasis
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • With or without you
    U2
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Delilah
    Tom Jones
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • Things
    Bobby Darin
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner
  • Forever In Blue Jeans
    Neil Diamond
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Fans
    The Kings of Leon
  • Vertigo
    U2
  • Wagon Wheel
    Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs
  • Lonely Boy
    Black Keys
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Naïve
    The Kooks
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • Spitting Games
    Snow Patrol
  • Valerie
    Amy Winehouse
  • Time Is Running Out
    Muse
  • Crazy
    Gnarls Barkley
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Read My Mind
    The Killers
  • Sex On Fire
    Kings of Leon
  • Last Night
    The Strokes
  • Pick A Part That's New
    The Stereophonics
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • I Predict A Riot
    Kaisercheifs
  • Love Me Like You
    The Magic Numbers
  • Look Good On The Dancefloor
    Artic Monkeys
  • Use Somebody
    Kings of Leon
  • Learn to Fly
    Foo Fighters
  • Moves Like Jagger
    Maroon 5
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Riptide
    Vance Joy
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • Starlight
    Muse

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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