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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

  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • Town Called Malice
    The Jam
  • All right
    Supergrass
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • Just canít get enough
    Depeche Mode
  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • Friday Iím In Love
    The Cure
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • Going Underground
    The Jam
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • Video Killed The Radio Star
    The Buggles
  • Happy Hour
    The Housemartins
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys
    Deep blue something
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • My Way
    Frank Sinatra
  • Let Your Love Flow
    Bellamy Brothers
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Maggie May
    Rod Stewart
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • Last Dance For Me
    The Drifters
  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Pearly Shells
    John Frawley
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison
  • Delilah
    Tom Jones
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Crazy
    Gnarls Barkley
  • Dakota
    The Stereophonics
  • Uprising
    Muse
  • Ho Hey
    The Lumineers
  • Bones
    The Killers
  • Lonely Boy
    Black Keys
  • Spitting Games
    Snow Patrol
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • Valerie
    Amy Winehouse
  • Happy
    Pharrell Williams
  • Sex On Fire
    Kings of Leon
  • Fans
    The Kings of Leon
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Let her go
    Passenger
  • Times Like These
    Foo Fighters
  • I Gotta Feeling
    Black eyed peas
  • Just The Way You Are
    Bruno Mars
  • Can't Stop
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • All These Things That I've Done
    The Killers
  • Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • Love Me Like You
    The Magic Numbers
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs
  • Jenny don't be hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • Impossible
    James Arthur
  • Let Me Entertain You
    Robbie Williams
  • In The Morning
    Razorlght

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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