Singing pianist

CJ Barton

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Versatile entertainer CJ plays your favourites from the 30s to the present day.
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Pop, rock, blues, ballads, jazz standards or knees up to make your party swing. Captivating entertainer C J Barton sings and plays a wide range of popular classics, from standards through to contemporary hits, including pop, rock, blues, funk and jazz. From smooth sultry crooning to pumping party singalongs, his versatility, experience and style provide the perfect backdrop to any event. CJ can also provide a band for your rock 'n' roll party, Beatles night or Cockney Knees Up.

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CJ's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Somerset M
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Fabulous! CJ was great. He did a fantastic job and really made my 50th birthday party on Sat night. My guests loved him and he even made the effort to perform my favourite song, having never done it before - I loved it. He was self sufficient, just got on with everything without much help from me!! I would 100% recommend him to anyone. Thank you CJ. Somerset

Marieluise H
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

We very much enjoyed having CJ play at my 40th birthday. He called me a few days before the party to discuss the set up and my particular wishes. He kept me informed when he was a little late due to an accident on the M1...which was obviously out of his control. He played the piano & sung brilliantly and was friendly and charismatic and took requests. He had the whole party singing a rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody (complete with a lyric sheet hand out for all) which was a highlight of a lovely day. Would definitely book again.

Kathryn C
5 years ago
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5 out of 5

CJ was a dream to work with; with so much else to do with the party organising I had minimal contact with him, bless him but he handled it like a dream. Didn't get lost (like most of the guests); set himself up; and judged the day perfectly in terms of music and volume. I'd even thrown him a bit of a curveball request but he did it! Very happy and he was great with the guests too.

From other customers:

Steve M
3 years ago, for a Birthday party in Mark Yate
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5 out of 5

Hi CJ, just wanted to put in writing what a fantastic night everybody enjoyed due to your outstanding performance. From the outset you got everyone on the dance floor, dancing and singing along with you, especially my 88 year old mum! Our guests are still talking about it now, it really made the night. We would not hesitate in booking you again and would highly recommend you to anyone who wanted to make their party go with a bang.

Claire G
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Colchester
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5 out of 5

I would just like to say a massive thank you to you and the guys for a wonderful evening. You have been the talk of the party and something mother-in-law will never forget. From start to finish you have answered all questions with a quick response to emails or calls. I highly recommend “The Cockney Sparrows”.

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CJ's Song list

A Foggy Day in London Town 
A Nightingale Sang in Barclay Square
Ain't Misbehavin'
All of Me
As Time Goes By
Autumn Leaves
Ballad For Adeline
Bei Mir Bist Du Schein
Blue Monk
Bye Bye Blackbird
Chi Mai
Danny Boy
Don't Get Around Much Any More
The Entertainer
Fly me to the Moon
Girl From Ipanema
Happy Days Are Here Again
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
I Only Have Eyes For You
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
It's Only A Paper Moon
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
Love Story
Mood Indigo
Monk's Dream
My Funny Valentine
Night And Day
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
On Broadway
Outskirts Of Town
Round Midnight
Stormy Weather
Take The A Train
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Way You Look Tonight
The Wedding
Two Sleepy People
What A Difference A Day Made
When I Fall In Love
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Windmills Of My Mind
You Made Me Love You
All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
Every Day I Have The Blues - Count Basie
Great Pretender - The Platters
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
I Hear You Knockin' - Smiley Lewis
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
My Babe - Little Walter
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
Only You - The Platters
Outskirts Of Town - Johnnie Ray
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
Rockin' Pneumonia - Huey "Piano" Smith
Rock & Roll Music - Chuck Berry
Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
Ruby Baby - The Drifters
Shout - Isley Brothers
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochrane
That’ll Be The Day - Buddy Holly
That’s All Right - Elvis Presley
Tipitina - Professor Longhair
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Willie & The Hand Jive - Johnnie Otis
The Wonder Of You - Ray Peterson
All You Need Is Love - Beatles
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bright Lights, Big City - Jimmy Reed
Dancing In the Street - Martha and the Vandellas
Delilah - Tom Jones
Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Don't Let Me Down - Beatles
Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Get Back - Beatles
He Ain't Heavy - The Hollies
Hey Jude - Beatles
Hey Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
Hi Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
I Can't Live (If Livin' Is Without You - Nilsson
I'm A Believer - The Monkees
I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane - John Denver
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan
I Wanna Be Loved - Solomon Burke
Lady Madonna - Beatles
Let's Work Together - Canned Heat
Little Sister - Elvis Presley
Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Obladi Obloada - Beatles
Oh Darling - Beatles
On Broadway - The Drifters
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Stand By Me - Ben E King 
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin
These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
When I'm Sixty-four - Beatles
Yesterday - Beatles
You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
After Midnight - JJ Cale
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers  
All By Myself - Eric Carmen
All Right Now - Free  
All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
Are You Ready For The Country - Neil Young
As Long As I can See The Light - Cr'nce Cl'ter Revival
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Bessie Smith - The Band
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Candle In the Wind - Elton John
Case Of You - Joni Mitchell
Changes - David Bowie
Cocaine -  JJ Cale
Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) - Cockney Rebel
Cool For Cats - Squeeze
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Crocodile Rock -  Elton John
Dancing Queen - Abba
Daniel - Elton John
Don’t Stop Me Now - Queen
Fire and Rain -  James Taylor
Forever Young - Bob Dylan
Gertcha - Chas & Dave
Get It On - T.Rex
Heroes - David Bowie
Hey Baby - JJ Cale
Honky Cat - Elton John
Hotel California - Eagles
I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King
If You Don’t Know Me By Now - The Bluenotes
If You're Not Back in Love By Monday - Millie Jackson
Isn't It A Pity -  George Harrison
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
Lady Marmalade - Labelle
Lean On Me - Bill Withers
Let It Be - Beatles
Let’s Stick Together - Bryan Ferry
London Calling - The Clash
Love Song - Lesley Duncan
May You Never - John Martyn
Moondance - Van Morrison
Money, Money, Money - Abba
Oh La La - The Faces
Ol’ 55 - Tom Waits
One After 909 - The Beatles
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Rocket Man - Elton John
Right Place Wrong Time - Dr John
Rockin All Over The World - Status Quo
Shape I'm In - The Band
Sideboard Song - Chas & Dave
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Stuck In the Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
Such A Night - Dr John
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Tom Traubert's Blues - Tom Waits
Travellin’ In Style - Free
Waterloo - Abba
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
You Can Close Your Eyes - James Taylor
Your Song - Elton John
You've got a Friend - Carole King
You Were Always on My Mind - Elvis Presley
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
And She Was - Talking Heads
Ain’t No Pleasing You - Chas & Dave
Baby Jane - Rod Stewart
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Celebration - Kool & the Gang
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Don't Get me Wrong - The Pretenders
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Every Breath You Take - Police
Freedom - Wham
Ghost Town - Specials
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
I Could Be So Good For You - Dennis Waterman
If You Don’t Know Me By Now - Simply Red
I’m Still Standing - Elton John
In Between Days - The Cure
I Scare Myself - Thomas Dolby
Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Jersey Girl - Tom Waits
Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Love Cats - The Cure
Only Fools And Horses - John Sullivan
Rabbit - Chas & Dave
Summer Of 69 - Bryan Adams
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Swordfishtrombone - Tom Waits
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
What’s Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
Whole Of The Moon - The Waterboys
With Or Without You - U2
Always Take The Weather With You - Crowded House
Angels - Robbie Williams
Common People - Pulp
Don’t Speak - No Doubt
Everything I Do - Bryan Adams
The Future - Leonard Cohen
Girls & Boys - Blur
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
Night Ride Home - Joni Mitchell
No Diggity - Blackstreet
No One Said It Would Be Easy - Sheryl Crow
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
One - U2
Parklife - Blur
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
Pictures Of You - The Cure
Smooth - Santana
Treat Her Right - Commitments
Tub Thumping - Chumbawamba
Walking After You - Foo Fighters
Wonderwall - Oasis
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
All Of Me - John Legend
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Cold Shoulder - Adele
Crazy - Gnarls Barclay
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Human - Rag’n’Bone Man
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
I Need a Dollar - Aloe Blacc
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
I Wish I Knew How - Lighthouse Family
Long Way Home - Norah Jones
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Old Town Road - Lil Nas X
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Price Tag - Jessie J
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Someone like you - Adele
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Stay with me - Sam Smith
Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
Take me to church - Hozier
Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
We Can Rule The World - Take That              
Yellow - Coldplay
You Know I’m no Good - Amy Winehouse​

CJ's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£225
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£285


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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Sure, no problem. But please note that if this service is required after the agreed performance times, there will be an additional charge.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to allow an hour for this, though if timings are tight I can do it in 20-30 minutes.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

I like to discuss this with you beforehand. I have a very large repertoire, and can generally adjust what I play to suit your particular tastes.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

With a little advance notice this is fine. For example, I'm often asked for a particular song for the first dance at a wedding. If I don't know it already, I'll learn it.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My approachability, my flexibility and my ability to create a good party atmosphere at any event.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Everything from sitting-rooms to concert halls!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Just too numerous to mention. I like good music. Period.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Probably the main stage at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Covers, Funk, Motown, Soul, Pop, Funk rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Actor, Musical comedy, Lyricist, Composer, MC
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