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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

  • Just can’t get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • The King Of Rock And Roll
    Prefab Sprout
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • Wonderwall
    Oasis
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • All right
    Supergrass
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • My Girl
    Madness
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • With or without you
    U2
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Walk Of Life
    Dire Straits
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • 3 Steps To Heaven
    Dean Martin
  • Last Dance For Me
    The Drifters
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • Knock 3 Times
    Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • I Will Wait
    Mumford and Sons
  • Locked Out Of Heaven
    Bruno Mars
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • Jenny don't be hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • You Are All That I Have
    Snow Patrol
  • Crazy
    Gnarls Barkley
  • Hey Soul Sister
    Train
  • She's So Lovely
    Scouting for girls
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • Let her go
    Passenger
  • Don't Stop Believing
    Journey
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Dani California
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Seven Nation Army
    White Stripes
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Fans
    The Kings of Leon
  • Wheels
    Foo Fighters
  • Vertigo
    U2
  • Steady As She Goes
    The Racontours
  • Read My Mind
    The Killers
  • Wagon Wheel
    Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas
  • Are You Ready For Love
    Elton John
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • Use Somebody
    Kings of Leon
  • Uprising
    Muse
  • Spitting Games
    Snow Patrol

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

  • With Or Without You
    U2
  • Baby Can I Hold Your Tonight
    Tracy Chapman/Boyzone
  • Wicked Game
    Chris Isaccs
  • Make You Feel My Love
    Bob Dylan/Adele
  • You Got A Friend
    James Taylor
  • No Woman No Cry
    Bob Marley
  • Romeo And Juliet
    Dire Straits
  • Stuck On You
    Lionel Richie
  • Heaven
    Bryan Adams
  • Better
    Tom Baxter
  • Handbags And Gladrags
    Rod Stewart/The Stereophonics
  • One
    U2
  • Crazy Love
    Van Morrison
  • Have I Told You Lately
    Van Morrison
  • Chasing Cars
    Snow Patrol
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Wonderful Tonight
    Eric Clapton
  • Cannonball
    Damien Rice
  • The Dance
    Garth Brooks
  • Stuck In A Moment
    U2
  • Yellow
    Coldplay
  • Fields Of Gold
    Sting
  • Run
    Snow Patrol
  • In My Place
    Coldplay
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
    Garth Brooks
  • The Voyage
    Christy Moore
  • The A Team
    Ed Sheeran
  • First Cut Is The Deepest
    Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart
  • Beneath You're Beautiful
    Labrinth
  • Alison
    Elvis Costello