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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

  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • My Girl
    Madness
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South
  • Just can’t get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • She’s Electric
    Oasis
  • The King Of Rock And Roll
    Prefab Sprout
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • Forever In Blue Jeans
    Neil Diamond
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • Knock 3 Times
    Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • She's So Lovely
    Scouting for girls
  • Jenny don't be hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • Buck Rogers
    Feeder
  • Seven Nation Army
    White Stripes
  • Get Lucky
    Daft Punk
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • Use Somebody
    Kings of Leon
  • Dani California
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Crazy
    Gnarls Barkley
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • When You Were Young
    The Killers
  • Are You Ready For Love
    Elton John
  • Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • Fill My Little World
    The Feeling
  • Let her go
    Passenger
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas
  • Just The Way You Are
    Bruno Mars
  • Time Is Running Out
    Muse
  • Day We Caught The Train
    Ocean Colour Scene
  • Last Night
    The Strokes
  • Fans
    The Kings of Leon
  • Uprising
    Muse
  • We Are Young
    Fun
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • Wheels
    Foo Fighters
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • Rolling In The Deep
    Adele

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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