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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

  • Here Comes Your Man
    The Pixies
  • Missing you
    John Waites
  • Centrefold
    J Geils Band
  • All night long
    Lionel Richie
  • House Of Fun
    Madness
  • Rat Trap
    Boomtown Rats
  • Special Brew
    Bad Manners
  • The One I Love
    R.E.M
  • Video Killed The Radio Star
    The Buggles
  • Baggy Trousers
    Madness
  • Land Down Under
    Land Down Under
  • Ask
    The Smiths
  • Lost Weekend
    Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
  • The look of love
    ABC
  • I dont Like Mondays
    Boomtown Rats
  • The Love Cats
    The Cure
  • Come On Eileen
    Dexy's Midnight Runners
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him
    Joe Jackson
  • Blister In The Sun
    Violent Femmes
  • TRUE
    Spandau Ballet
  • Sit Down
    James
  • Oliver’s Army
    Elvis Costello
  • Lip Up Fatty
    Bad Manners
  • Walking On Sunshine
    Catriona and the Waves
  • Keep it all in
    Beautiful South
  • Faith
    George Michael
  • All right
    Supergrass
  • I Fought The Law
    The Clash
  • China Girl
    David Bowie
  • Hold me now
    Thompson twins

Sample 90s & 2000s Songs

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

Sample Country Songs

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

Sample Good Time Songs

  • Teresa
    Joe Dolan
  • Bright Side Of The Road
    Van Morrison
  • Lay Down Sally
    Eric Clapton
  • Dancing In The Dark
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Me & Bobby McGee
    Kris Kristofferson
  • I'm A Believer
    The Monkees
  • Me & Julio
    Paul Simon
  • Hurt So Good
    John Mellencamp
  • Make Me Smile
    Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel
  • Sweet Caroline
    Neil Diamond
  • American Pie
    Don McLean
  • Needles And Pins
    The Searchers
  • Brown Eyed Girl
    Van Morrison
  • Help Yourself
    Tom Jones
  • Little Old Wine Drinker Me
    Dean Martin
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
    Queen
  • Delilah
    Tom Jones
  • King Of The Road
    Roger Miller
  • Not Unusual
    Tom Jones
  • Sugar Sugar
    The Archies
  • Is this the way to Amarillo
    Tony Christie
  • Suspicious Minds
    Elvis Presley
  • River Deep Mountain High
    Ike and Tina Turner
  • Make Me An Island
    Joe Dolan
  • Proud Mary
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Call Me Al
    Paul Simon
  • Build me up Buttercup
    The Foundatations
  • Rocking All Over The World
    Status Quo
  • Take It Easy
    Eagles
  • Forever In Blue Jeans
    Neil Diamond

Sample Irish Songs

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

Sample Modern Songs

  • Learn to Fly
    Foo Fighters
  • Steady As She Goes
    The Racontours
  • Little Talks
    Of Monsters and Men
  • Riptide
    Vance Joy
  • Express Yourself
    Labrinth
  • Candy
    Robbie Williams
  • Valerie
    Amy Winehouse
  • Somebody Told Me
    The Killers
  • Moves Like Jagger
    Maroon 5
  • Starlight
    Muse
  • She's So Lovely
    Scouting for girls
  • The Cave
    Mumford and Sons
  • Can't Stop
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Jenny Don't Be Hasty
    Paolo Nutini
  • She Moves In Her Own Way
    The Kooks
  • We Are Young
    Fun
  • When You Were Young
    The Killers
  • Pick A Part That's New
    The Stereophonics
  • Wagon Wheel
    Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Look Good On The Dancefloor
    Artic Monkeys
  • Let her go
    Passenger
  • Locked Out Of Heaven
    Bruno Mars
  • Jerk It Out
    Caesars
  • All These Things That I've Done
    The Killers
  • Wheels
    Foo Fighters
  • Crazy
    Gnarls Barkley
  • Chelsea Dagger
    The Fratellis
  • Mr Brightside
    The Killers
  • All The Small Things
    Blink 182
  • This Love
    Maroon 5

Sample Old Time Songs

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

Sample Rock Songs

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

Sample Rock & Roll Songs

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

Sample Slow Songs

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