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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

  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • Oliver’s Army
    Elvis Costello
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Wonderwall
    Oasis
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • Video Killed The Radio Star
    The Buggles
  • Going Underground
    The Jam
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • All right
    Supergrass
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • The King Of Rock And Roll
    Prefab Sprout
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Knock 3 Times
    Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • 3 Steps To Heaven
    Dean Martin
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Things
    Bobby Darin
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Forever In Blue Jeans
    Neil Diamond
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Look Good On The Dancefloor
    Artic Monkeys
  • Heartbeat
    Scouting for Girls
  • Let Me Entertain You
    Robbie Williams
  • Dakota
    The Stereophonics
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • I Predict A Riot
    Kaisercheifs
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • Little Talks
    Of Monsters and Men
  • Crazy
    Gnarls Barkley
  • Dani California
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Fill My Little World
    The Feeling
  • Vertigo
    U2
  • Pick A Part That's New
    The Stereophonics
  • Rolling In The Deep
    Adele
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas
  • We Are Young
    Fun
  • Fans
    The Kings of Leon
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Locked Out Of Heaven
    Bruno Mars
  • Happy
    Pharrell Williams
  • Somebody Told Me
    The Killers
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • Sex On Fire
    Kings of Leon
  • Drops Of Jupiter
    Train
  • Hey Soul Sister
    Train

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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