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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

  • Video Killed The Radio Star
    The Buggles
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Cant Hurry Love
    Phil Collins
  • Just cant get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • Shes Electric
    Oasis
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • Friday Im In Love
    The Cure
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • My Girl
    Madness
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • With or without you
    U2
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Delilah
    Tom Jones
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Things
    Bobby Darin
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Walk Of Life
    Dire Straits
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Lonely Boy
    Black Keys
  • In The Morning
    Razorlght
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • I'm Yours
    Jason Mras
  • She's So Lovely
    Scouting for girls
  • I Will Wait
    Mumford and Sons
  • Let Me Entertain You
    Robbie Williams
  • Somebody Told Me
    The Killers
  • Riptide
    Vance Joy
  • Dakota
    The Stereophonics
  • Buck Rogers
    Feeder
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Read My Mind
    The Killers
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • Look Good On The Dancefloor
    Artic Monkeys
  • Valerie
    Amy Winehouse
  • Steady As She Goes
    The Racontours
  • Jenny Don't Be Hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • Last Night
    The Strokes
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Jet
  • Human
    The Killers
  • Day We Caught The Train
    Ocean Colour Scene
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Dani California
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Learn to Fly
    Foo Fighters
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • Nave
    The Kooks
  • Vertigo
    U2
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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