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Dan J Cobley

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About Dan J Cobley

You pick the music and the style, and I’ll add my twist and make your day perfect! From down-tempo relaxed sets, to upbeat floor-fillers!
Singing guitarist
Crewe
Public liability insurance of £5 million

I’ve been playing guitar and singing for most of my life and I love nothing more than playing a song which really shouldn’t work, but just does! If you want your set list to go from Craig David to Bruce Springsteen to Paul Simon to Calvin Harris, give me a call and I’d love the challenge! I’ve performed in huge venues such as Wembley, Old Trafford, St James’ Park and the Halliwell Jones stadium, but now you'll find me most nights gigging around the North West, or in Liverpool on Mathew Street at one of my multiple residencies! I love nothing more than performing in small venues and getting the whole crowd’s attention, or making somebody’s special day even more perfect. I play all sorts of music, and nothing is too much trouble. Let me perform for you!

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Genres:
Acoustic, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Blues, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Americana, Covers, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Alternative rock, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Songwriter, Composer, Transcription, Accompanist, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Community music worker
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Dan J Cobley's Song list

I can play any song you’d like - I prefer doing it this way!!
Examples of songs I regularly play or get requested are below:
Example Varied Party Set (grouped into medleys): 

Walk Of Life - Dire Straits

Budapest - George Ezra

You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon

Mamma Mia - ABBA


American Boy - Estelle

How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison


Fast Car - Tracy Chapman

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

7 Days - Craig David

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

You’re The One That I Want - Grease


The Galway Girl - Steve Earle

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks


Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac

C’Est La Vie - B*witched

Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root

Naive - The Kooks

No Scrubs - TLC

Pony - Ginuwine

I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys

Faith - George Michael

Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean


Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

That Don’t Impress Me Much - Shania Twain

Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan

Belter - Gerry Cinnamon

Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons

With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles


Half The World Away - Oasis

A Little Respect - Erasure

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

Laid - James

Valerie - The Zutons

Stacey’s Mom - Fountains of Wayne

Boys Of Summer - Don Henley

Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi


Babylon - David Gray

Friday I’m In Love - The Cure

There She Goes - The La’s 

I’m a Believer - The Monkees


Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

Kiss - Prince


All The Small Things - Blink 182

Rock N Roll Star - Oasis

Purple Rain - Prince

Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver



Pure Cheese (My favourite genre):

C’Est La Vie - B*witched

That Don’t Impress Me Much - Shania Twain

Faith - George Michael

Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira

Whenever Wherever - Shakira

Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

Torn - Natalie Imbruglia

Ironic - Alaina Morrissette

Life Is A Rollercoaster - Ronan Keating

Murder On The Dancefloor - Sophie Ellis Bexto
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R’n’B/Hip Hop:

No Scrubs - TLC

No Diggity - Blackstreet

7 Days - Craig David

Candy Shop - 50 Cent

Express Yourself - NWA

Pony - Ginuwine

Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira

It Wasn’t Me - Shaggy

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley


70s/80s Disco:

Never Too Much - Luther Vandross

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

Faith - George Michael

I’m Your Man - Wham!

Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean

Kiss - Prince

How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan

I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

Take On Me - a-Ha

September - Earth Wind and Fire

Believe - Cher


Rock/Pop Classics:

Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears

Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi

A Little Respect - Erasure

Mamma Mia - ABBA

Boys Of Summer - Don Henley

Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac

Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

Purple Rain - Prince

Africa - Toto

I’m a Believer - The Monkees

We Built This City - Starship

You Make My Dreams - Hall And Oates

Together In Electric Dreams - The Human League

Take It Easy - The Eagles

Hotel California - The Eagles

Summer Of ‘69 - Bryan Adams

The Gambler - Kenny Rogers


Indie/Alternative/Pop-Punk:

Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys

A Certain Romance - Arctic Monkeys

Laid - James

Sit Down - James

Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve

Whistle For The Choir - The Fratellis

She Moves In Her Own Way - The Kooks

Naive - The Kooks

Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root

Belter - Gerry Cinnamon

Canter - Gerry Cinnamon

Sometimes - Gerry Cinnamon

Zombie - The Cranberries

Valerie - The Zutons

Mr Brightside - The Killers

There She Goes - The La’s

Friday I’m In Love - The Cure

Before I Fall To Pieces - Razorlight

Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols

Blame It On Me - George Ezra

Budapest - George Ezra

Dakota - Stereophonics

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg

Lonely Boy - The Black Keys

The Middle - Jimmy Eat World

Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus

Stacey’s Mom - Fountains of Wayne

First Date - Blink 182

All The Small Things - Blink 182

Not Nineteen Forever - The Courteeners


Laid Back/Chilled/Classic Acoustic:

Free Fallin’ - Tom Petty

Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel

XO - Beyoncé 

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

Don’t Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin

Is This Love - Bob Marley

Let Her Go - Passenger

Dream Catch Me - Newton Faulkner

Graceland - Paul Simon

Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes - Paul Simon

I’m Yours - Jason Mraz

Candy - Paolo Nutini

New Shoes - Paolo Nutini

Last Request - Paolo Nutini

Kiss From A Rose - Seal

Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer

Til There Was You - The Beatles

Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

Wicked Game - Chris Isaak

Tenessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton

One Day Like This - Elbow

Something Like Olivia - John Mayer

Queen Of California - John Mayer

Dreams - Fleetwood Mac


Soul/Swing:

Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

Mr Bojangles - Sammy Davis Jr

Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra

Hallelujah I Love Her So - Ray Charles

My Girl - The Temptations

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

Stand By Me - Ben E King

Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin


Proper Classics/Everybody’s Favourites:

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Mr Brightside - The Killers

Don’t Look Back In Anger - Oasis

Wonderwall - Oasis

Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver

Valerie - The Zutons

American Pie - Don McLean

Proud Mary - Tina Turner

I’m a Believer - The Monkees

Dakota - Stereophonics


The Beatles:

Get Back - The Beatles

With a Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

Hey Jude - The Beatles

I Feel Fine - The Beatles

Come Together - The Beatles

Til There Was You - The Beatles

In My Life - The Beatles

Ob La Di Ob La Da - The Beatles


Oasis/Manchester Bands:

Half The World Away - Oasis

Songbird - Oasis

Wonderwall - Oasis

Rock N Roll Star - Oasis

Champagne Supernova - Oasis

She’s Electric - Oasis

Live Forever - Oasis

Waterfall - The Stone Roses

I Am The Resurrection - The Stone Roses

She’s a Star - James

Laid - James

Sit Down - James

Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve

Grounds For Divorce - Elbow

One Day Like This - Elbow

Not Nineteen Forever - The Courteeners


Irish Theme:

The Galway Girl - Steve Earle

Zombie - The Cranberries

Dirty Old Town - The Pogues

C’Est La Vie - B*witched


Christmas:

Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues

Last Christmas - Wham!

Step Into Christmas - Elton John

Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

Stay Another Day - East 17

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra

Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby

Auld Lang Syne (new year traditional)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They love the versatility of the music I play. If you want to go from 90s garage, to 50s soul, to Noughties cheesy-pop, go for it! I have good rapport with my audiences and love to play about with my sets.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Everywhere! In bands in the past, I've performed at Wembley, Old Trafford, St. James' Park - all sorts! I've performed in Yoga Studios on the beaches of France, and clubs in Wigan!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

There's an artist called Joey Landreth, who I love - I think he's probably the most down-to-earth, yet emotive singer/songwriter I could name!

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

I've played at the rugby Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford - that one made me slightly nervous!!! But I love any attentive audience, no matter how small.

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

I will always try to accommodate for this, so I never overbook myself. If timings/days change, please just give me as much notice as possible and we can try and work things out.

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

I can provide a Spotify playlist through the PA between my sets if there is a short break - this would be absolutely free! I'm afraid I can't offer a full DJ service though.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to try to set up and get settled around an hour before the performance starts at least. I can work around your schedule and provide some light music whilst setting up to get your guests ready!

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

My set lists are completely up to you! It's my speciality. I have a long repertoire of songs which I know to work amazingly well, but the overall style of the set is your choice, and you can request as many songs/artists as you'd like!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, everything I need!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Absolutely, this is all part of the deal!

Dan J Cobley's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£5
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£320

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Dan J Cobley's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Natalie P
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5 out of 5

A big thanks to Dan who sang at my husband’s 40th party. A true professional and would highly recommend. Amazing voice and we received so many compliments throughout the night. Thanks for incorporating my husband’s signature karaoke tune as well!

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Shannon B
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Dan was absolutely amazing, he got everyone up dancing the mood was so high for the whole wedding. He has received many compliments from our guests! Thanks so much!

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Sarah A
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Dan was the perfect addition to our afternoon drinks and everyone loved him. So professional and brilliant voice.

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Sarah L
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Dan was great... came in and set up with no fuss at all. His music and voice were perfect for our low key event and he adapted as per any requests from us! Would book again! Thanks Dan

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Haley (
6 years ago

Dan played all of the songs I requested and was extremely flexible throughout the day! Can't wait to book him again for a future performance.

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Haley (
6 years ago

After performing at my wedding, Dan was booked for me as a surprise performer at my baby shower! Another amazing performance!