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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

  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • Video Killed The Radio Star
    The Buggles
  • The King Of Rock And Roll
    Prefab Sprout
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • Friday Iím In Love
    The Cure
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • Sit Down
    James
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Canít Hurry Love
    Phil Collins
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South
  • All right
    Supergrass
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Oliverís Army
    Elvis Costello

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Things
    Bobby Darin
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Read My Mind
    The Killers
  • Last Night
    The Strokes
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • Wheels
    Foo Fighters
  • Heartbeat
    Scouting for Girls
  • Love Me Like You
    The Magic Numbers
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • I Will Wait
    Mumford and Sons
  • Drops Of Jupiter
    Train
  • Look Good On The Dancefloor
    Artic Monkeys
  • Can't Stop
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Chelsea Dagger
    The Fratellis
  • Lonely Boy
    Black Keys
  • Day We Caught The Train
    Ocean Colour Scene
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Are You Ready For Love
    Elton John
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • I Predict A Riot
    Kaisercheifs
  • Moves Like Jagger
    Maroon 5
  • Learn to Fly
    Foo Fighters
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Jet
  • When You Were Young
    The Killers
  • Riptide
    Vance Joy
  • Pick A Part That's New
    The Stereophonics
  • Candy
    Robbie Williams

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
    Garth Brooks
  • Wonderful Tonight
    Eric Clapton
  • Baby Can I Hold Your Tonight
    Tracy Chapman/Boyzone
  • The A Team
    Ed Sheeran
  • In My Place
    Coldplay
  • Fields Of Gold
    Sting
  • Stuck On You
    Lionel Richie
  • No Woman No Cry
    Bob Marley
  • Make You Feel My Love
    Bob Dylan/Adele
  • One
    U2
  • Cannonball
    Damien Rice
  • Stuck In A Moment
    U2
  • Chasing Cars
    Snow Patrol
  • Wicked Game
    Chris Isaccs
  • Angels
    Robbie Williams
  • Beneath You're Beautiful
    Labrinth
  • You Got A Friend
    James Taylor
  • Crazy Love
    Van Morrison
  • Run
    Snow Patrol
  • Man Who Can't Be Moved
    The Script
  • Have I Told You Lately
    Van Morrison
  • The Voyage
    Christy Moore
  • Better
    Tom Baxter
  • Yellow
    Coldplay
  • Alison
    Elvis Costello
  • Your Song
    Elton John
  • Romeo And Juliet
    Dire Straits
  • Handbags And Gladrags
    Rod Stewart/The Stereophonics
  • Lucky Man
    The Verve