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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

  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Oliverís Army
    Elvis Costello
  • Wonderwall
    Oasis
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • Sheís Electric
    Oasis
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • The King Of Rock And Roll
    Prefab Sprout
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Canít Hurry Love
    Phil Collins
  • Friday Iím In Love
    The Cure
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Got My Mind Set On You
    George Harrison
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Things
    Bobby Darin
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Walk Of Life
    Dire Straits
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Delilah
    Tom Jones
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Knock 3 Times
    Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Learn to Fly
    Foo Fighters
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Jenny don't be hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • All These Things That I've Done
    The Killers
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • Don't Stop Believing
    Journey
  • Vertigo
    U2
  • Drops Of Jupiter
    Train
  • Impossible
    James Arthur
  • Fill My Little World
    The Feeling
  • Locked Out Of Heaven
    Bruno Mars
  • Jenny Don't Be Hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • Time Is Running Out
    Muse
  • Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
  • Spitting Games
    Snow Patrol
  • Valerie
    Amy Winehouse
  • Seven Nation Army
    White Stripes
  • Can't Stop
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Riptide
    Vance Joy
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • Sex On Fire
    Kings of Leon
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Just The Way You Are
    Bruno Mars
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • Bones
    The Killers
  • Pick A Part That's New
    The Stereophonics

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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