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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

  • She’s Electric
    Oasis
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • Oliver’s Army
    Elvis Costello
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • With or without you
    U2
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • Watching The Detectives
    Elvis Costello
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Friday I’m In Love
    The Cure
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • House Of Fun
    Madness

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Walk Of Life
    Dire Straits
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • Delilah
    Tom Jones
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • Got My Mind Set On You
    George Harrison

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Love Me Like You
    The Magic Numbers
  • When You Were Young
    The Killers
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs
  • Crazy
    Gnarls Barkley
  • Sex On Fire
    Kings of Leon
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Uprising
    Muse
  • When We Collide
    Matt Cardle
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    Jet
  • Pick A Part That's New
    The Stereophonics
  • I Predict A Riot
    Kaisercheifs
  • Are You Ready For Love
    Elton John
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • I Will Wait
    Mumford and Sons
  • Bones
    The Killers
  • Human
    The Killers
  • In The Morning
    Razorlght
  • Buck Rogers
    Feeder
  • We Are Young
    Fun
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas
  • Locked Out Of Heaven
    Bruno Mars
  • Express Yourself
    Labrinth
  • Jenny don't be hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • All These Things That I've Done
    The Killers
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • Vertigo
    U2
  • All The Small Things
    Blink 182
  • Heartbeat
    Scouting for Girls

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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