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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

  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Video Killed The Radio Star
    The Buggles
  • The King Of Rock And Roll
    Prefab Sprout
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • My Girl
    Madness
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • Sheís Electric
    Oasis
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South
  • Oliverís Army
    Elvis Costello
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • Going Underground
    The Jam
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • Friday Iím In Love
    The Cure
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Just canít get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • Canít Hurry Love
    Phil Collins
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • With or without you
    U2
  • All right
    Supergrass

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Got My Mind Set On You
    George Harrison
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Knock 3 Times
    Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Last Dance For Me
    The Drifters
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Bones
    The Killers
  • When You Were Young
    The Killers
  • Impossible
    James Arthur
  • Uprising
    Muse
  • We Are Young
    Fun
  • Riptide
    Vance Joy
  • Last Night
    The Strokes
  • Let her go
    Passenger
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • I Predict A Riot
    Kaisercheifs
  • In The Morning
    Razorlght
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • Sex On Fire
    Kings of Leon
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • Vertigo
    U2
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • Let Me Entertain You
    Robbie Williams
  • Mr Brightside
    The Killers
  • Dakota
    The Stereophonics
  • Lonely Boy
    Black Keys
  • Fill My Little World
    The Feeling
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • Get Lucky
    Daft Punk
  • Time Is Running Out
    Muse
  • Drops Of Jupiter
    Train
  • Learn to Fly
    Foo Fighters

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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