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An award winning professional saxophone player for all occasions. The perfect choice of musician to add wow to your event.
Naul, Co. Dublin, K32 H766, Ireland
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John is a professional saxophonist and clarinettist with a wealth of experience in the music industry. He has played in Ireland's leading venues such as the National Concert Hall, Olympia and Gaiety Theatres. He has performing experience in all styles of music and performs with some of Ireland's leading wedding and corporate bands. A versatile and high energy musician, John can play all styles of music suiting all occasions and musical tastes. He can play to his own top class backing tracks or freestyle alongside your DJ. Guaranteed to get your party or event going A graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, John has a masters degree in performance from Maynooth University.

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Most booked in region, 2022
6th Anniversary
This act has been working with Encore for over 6 years
10 gigs
Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Traditional church music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Avant garde, Christmas, Baroque, Classical crossover, Musical theatre, Electro-Swing, Ibiza club, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Covers, Disco, Funk, Karaoke, Top 40, Contemporary classical, Early music, Medieval music, Experimental
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Wedding, Corporate event, Theatre / Show, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Cruise
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Other skills:
Musicologist, Examiner, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Arranger, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Community music worker, Composition teaching, Singing teaching
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John's Song list

Club/Dance Ibiza Style:
1. Jubel - Klingande
2. Baker Street (Remix) or original - Gerry Rafferty
3. Careless Whisper (Remix) or original - George Michael
4. Love in a hopeless place - Calvin Harris
5. This is What You Came For - Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
6. Freed from Desire - Gala
7. This Girl - Kings Cook-in’ on 3 Burners
8. Don’t You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia —
9. Insomnia - Faithless:
10. Wake Me - Up: Avicci
11. Pjanoo - Eric Prydz
12. Children - Robert Miles
13. Titanium - David Guetta
14. What is Love - Haddaway
15. Infinity - Guru Josh DJ Klass
16. Get Back - J Lo
17. Baianá - Bakermat
18. Changes - Faul & Wad Ad
19. Toss the Feathers, Remix of Irish Reel
20. One Day - Bakermat
21. Baby - Bakermat
22. Hey Brother - Avicci
23. Wake Me Up - Avicci
24. Don’t You Worry Child - Swedish House Mafia
25. Destination (Unknown) Calabria - Alex Gaudino
26. Mr. Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan
27. Man with the Red Face - Mark Knight
28. Piece of your heart: Meduza
29. Game of Thrones (Syntheticsax Saxophone Edit)
30. Only God Can Save Our Souls - Klingande
31. No Man No Cry - Jimmy Sax
32. Living - Bakermat
33. Calvin Harris - How Deep Is Your Love
34. Time – Jimmy Sax
35. We Found Love in a Hopeless place - Rihanna, Calvin Harris
36. Intoxicated - Martin Solvig
37. I Follow Rivers - Lykke Li
Jazz/ Blues
S’ Wonderful – George Gershwin
A Foggy Day – George Gershwin
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller
Airmail Special – Benny Goodman
All of Me – Gerald Marks
All the Things You Are – Jerome Kern
Angel Eyes – Matt Dennis
As Time Goes By – Herman Hupfeld
Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma
Begin the Beguine- Cole Porter
Black Orpheus – Luis Bonfa
Blue and Sentimental – Count Basie
Blue Bossa Kenny Dorham
Blue Moon – Richard Rogers
But Not for Me – George Gershwin
Bye Bye Blackbird – Ray Henderson
Pick Up the Pieces – Candy Dulfer
Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Caravan – Duke Ellington
Cheek to Cheek – Irving Berlin
Come Fly With Me – Jimmy Van Heusen
Creole Love Call – Duke Ellington
Days of Wine and Roses – Henry Mancini
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Don’t Get Round Much Anymore – Duke Ellington
Easy to Love – Cole Porter
Equinox – John Coltrane
Fascinating Rhythm – George Gershwin
Fly Me to the Moon – Bart Howard
Harlem Nocturne – D Rogers & E Hagen
Have You Met Miss Jones – Richard Rogers
How High the Moon – Morgan Lewis
I’ve Got Rhythm – George and Ira Gershwin
I’m Beginning to See the Light – Duke Ellington
I’m in the Mood for Love – Jimmy Mc Hugh
I’ve got a Crush on You – George Gershwin
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Cole Porter
In a Sentimental Mood – Duke Ellington
In the Mood Its All Right With Me – Cole Porter
It's All Right With Me - Cole Porter
Li'l Darlin'- Neal Hefti
Lullaby Of Birdland – George Shearing
Mack The Knife – Kurt Weill
Me And Mrs Jones – Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert
Misty – Erroll Garner
My Funny Valentine – Richard Rodgers
My Way – J. Revaux & C. Francois
New York New York – John Kander & Fred Ebb
Night and Day – Cole Porter
Over the Rainbow – Howard Arlen
Petit Fleur - Sidney Bechet
Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
Secret Love – Sammy Fain
Sing Sing Sing – Luis Prima
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Jerome Kern
Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael
Stompin’ at the Savoy – Benny Goodman
Summertime – George Gershwin
Sweet Georgia Browne – Ben Bernie
Swinging Shepherd Blues – Moe Kofman
Take Five – Paul Desmond
Take the A Train Billy Strayhorn
The Girl from Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim
The Lady is a Tramp – Richard Rogers
The Pink Panther – Henry Mancini
The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern
These Foolish Things - Jack Strachey
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – George Gershwin
What A Wonderful World – B Thiele & G Weiss
When I Fall In Love – Victor Young
When the Saints Go Marching In
You Make Me Feel So Young – Josef Myro
Pop/ Classics
A Whiter Shade of Pale
After the Love is Gone – Earth Wind and Fire
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
Angels – Robbie Williams
Angie – Mick Jagger
Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross
Bad Moon Rising – Clarence Clearwater Revival
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
Bamboleo – Gypsy Kings
Before I Cry – Lady Gaga
Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Careless Whisper – George Michael
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Chocolate Jesus – Tom Waits
Count On Me – Bruno Mars
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Dance Monkey - Tones and I
Diggin’ My Own Grave – Lady Gaga
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Fantasy – Earth, Wind and Fire
Flashdance – Irene Cara
Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley
Grenade – Bruno Mars
Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
Help Me Make It Through the Night – Kris Kristofferson
Hey Jude – The Beatles
Home - Michael Bublé
Honesty – Billy Joel
I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles
I Don’t Care – Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran
I Feel It Coming the Weeknd – Daft Punk
I’ll Never Love Again – Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper
I’m Still Standing – Elton John
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Imagine - John Lennon
I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
La Bamba – Richie Valens
Let’ s Groove – Earth Wind and Fire
Livin’ la Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Losing My Religion – REM
Mission Imposible – Lalo Schfrin
My Heart Will Go On – James Horner (Titanic)
Night Fever – Bee Gees
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
Ob La Di, Ob La Da – The Beatles
Only You – Buck Ram
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Never Going to Give You Up – Rick Astley
Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
See you Again – Wiz Khalifa
Senorita – Shaw Medes Camila Cabello
Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
Sex Bomb – Tom Jones
Shallow Lady – Lady Gaga
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
Smooth Operator – Sade
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zepplin
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Sugar – Maroon 5
The Final Countdown – Europe
The Sound of Silence – Paul Simon
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
This Girl – The Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners
This is What You Came For – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Titanium – David Guetta
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Waiting for That Day – George Michael
We Will Rock You – Queen
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge / Michael Bolton
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Eric Clapton
Who Wants to Live Forever – Queen
YMCA – Village People
You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Your Latest Trick – Dire Straits
Your Song – Elton John
Ceremony Music
I Can play a suitable range of classical and popular pieces to compliment your ceremony. If you have a particular choice I can learn it.
Customer questions

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

We try to be understanding and flexible as events and weddings do not always run to time. If timings change before an event, please inform me.

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

My speaker operates via Bluetooth so it should be possible to link up with a phone/Ipod if necessary if you have a spotify playlist before I play.

How much time do you need to set up?

Setup time: usually around 30 minutes (depending on ease of access etc. I would require access to a power supply, Performing alongside DJ, John requires a Mic input on the DJ desk to perform over the DJ’s music.

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

If you have favourite songs or want them played in a particular order it can be easily accommodated.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I have the equipment needed for your event! I play on top quality instruments and excellent, new audio equipment to provide the best possible sound.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If there is a song that is not included on the song list, I may be already to play it. If there is a special song that you need, I can do it if given sufficient time to do so. There is an additional fee €30 approx if it requires a new track to be prepared which is not on my complete playlist which runs to hundreds of popular tunes.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My aim is to always hit the right notes for clients performing exactly what is required for any occasion whether it is a smooth jazz sound or a high powered energy packed performance.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in most of the leading hotel venues throughout the island of Ireland, from Antrim to Cork and Kerry and from Dublin to Galway. I have played in large concert halls and theaters to smaller more intimate venues.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love performers who show their love of their art in every note they play. It doesn’t matter what style they play you can feel their energy and commitment. That’s what I set out to do in any performance I am involved with.

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

Hard to highlight one but I have performed on tv programmes in the past, with symphony orchestras to stage musicals to pop groups and some of the best wedding bands out there.

John'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)£250
Up to 1 hour£290
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£400
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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John's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Gary P
18 days ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent work from John , pleasant , arrived early and a superb set list. Will book again

Reply from John
18 days ago

Thank you Gary. It was my pleasure to play and I look forward to the next time!

Graeme M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

John was brilliant!! Played the right songs at the right time from chilled out to start with to getting the place bouncing at the end!!! We loved it for our wedding and will be hiring John again!!

Reply from John
1 year ago

Thanks Graeme. It was a delight to play for such lovely people and I was made feel completely at home by everyone. I would look forward to getting another opportunity to perform for you all again!

Shannen M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

John was amazing!! All the guests loved it, His professionalism and communication was all excellent too. Thanks so much again John for playing at our wedding.

Reply from John
1 year ago

Thanks so much Shannen for those lovely words. You were so nice to deal with and there was a fantastic vibe at the wedding celebration which made performing so easy.

Lisa G
1 year ago
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4.5 out of 5

We booked John for the reception of our wedding in June 2022, he was aboustely amazing, really got the party started, very lively and can play to suit the crowd. Our crowd surely loved John, we were so happy that we picked John I would highly recommend John he is gifted can play to suit many events.

Reply from John
1 year ago

Thank you Lisa for your lovely words.

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From other customers:

Kiarna R
2 months ago, for a Wedding in Clane
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5 out of 5

Hi John, just wanted to send a quick message to say thank you so much, you were absolutely fantastic!! We really, really enjoyed it. Everyone was raving about you and the place was on fire when you played. So talented and can play anything! It was a pleasure to deal with you from start to finish and lovely to meet you last night. Will be recommending you to anyone I know getting married. Hope you got home safely and thank you again!😀

Natasha G
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Ennistimon
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5 out of 5

We hired John Murphy to play the saxophone for our cocktail hour. John is very flexible with requests! He was excellent at the wedding and is so talented! And as a jazz lover myself I enjoyed every bit of it during the cocktail hour. I’m from Malaysia and from the Indian descent and had requested to play a Tamil song on the saxophone and John absolutely nailed it. Everyone still talks about it! We don’t regret hiring John and would hire him again if there’s any occasion.

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