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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

  • Rock The Kasbah
    The Clash
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • Dignity
    Deacon Blue
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins
  • In between Days
    The Cure
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • Gold
    Spandau Ballet
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • A Message To You Rudy
    The Specials
  • Dancing on the ceiling
    Lionel Richie
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Going Underground
    The Jam
  • With or without you
    U2
  • All right
    Supergrass
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Turning Japanese
    The Vapors
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • She’s Electric
    Oasis

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • 500 Miles
    The Proclaimers
  • Mrs Robinson
    Simon and Garfunkel
  • Crackling Rose
    Neil Diamond
  • Forever In Blue Jeans
    Neil Diamond
  • Rhinestone Cowboy
    Glen Campbell
  • Ever Seen The Rain
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Got My Mind Set On You
    George Harrison
  • Saturday Night At The Movies
    The Drifters
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Good Looking Woman
    Joe Dolan
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Stuck In The Middle
    Steelers Wheel
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Walk Of Life
    Dire Straits
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • Concrete And Clay
    Unit Four plus Two
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Vertigo
    U2
  • Just The Way You Are
    Bruno Mars
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • Little Lion Man
    Mumford and Sons
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • Impossible
    James Arthur
  • Happy
    Pharrell Williams
  • Times Like These
    Foo Fighters
  • Home
    Philip Philips
  • Heartbeat
    Scouting for Girls
  • Express Yourself
    Labrinth
  • All The Small Things
    Blink 182
  • Dance With Me Tonight
    Olly Murs
  • Look Good On The Dancefloor
    Artic Monkeys
  • Molly's Chamber
    Kings of Leon
  • When We Collide
    Matt Cardle
  • Day We Caught The Train
    Ocean Colour Scene
  • Hey Brother
    Avicii
  • Use Somebody
    Kings of Leon
  • This Love
    Maroon 5
  • Jenny Don't Be Hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Wheels
    Foo Fighters
  • In The Morning
    Razorlght
  • Riptide
    Vance Joy
  • Moves Like Jagger
    Maroon 5
  • Chocolate
    Snow Patrol
  • Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • I'm Yours
    Jason Mras

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

  • Run
    Snow Patrol
  • Have I Told You Lately
    Van Morrison
  • Cannonball
    Damien Rice
  • Stuck On You
    Lionel Richie
  • Lucky Man
    The Verve
  • With Or Without You
    U2
  • One
    U2
  • Romeo And Juliet
    Dire Straits
  • Fields Of Gold
    Sting
  • The Voyage
    Christy Moore
  • In My Place
    Coldplay
  • The A Team
    Ed Sheeran
  • No Woman No Cry
    Bob Marley
  • Heaven
    Bryan Adams
  • Angels
    Robbie Williams
  • Your Song
    Elton John
  • Stuck In A Moment
    U2
  • First Cut Is The Deepest
    Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart
  • The Dance
    Garth Brooks
  • Wicked Game
    Chris Isaccs
  • Baby Can I Hold Your Tonight
    Tracy Chapman/Boyzone
  • Man Who Can't Be Moved
    The Script
  • Better
    Tom Baxter
  • Make You Feel My Love
    Bob Dylan/Adele
  • You Got A Friend
    James Taylor
  • Lego House
    Ed Sheeran
  • Yellow
    Coldplay
  • Crazy Love
    Van Morrison
  • Beneath You're Beautiful
    Labrinth
  • Alison
    Elvis Costello