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Professional sax and woodwind player for all occasions
Naul, Co. Dublin, K32 H766, Ireland
Public liability insurance of £10 million
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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 from orchestral to solo work and performs with some of Ireland's leading wedding and corporate bands. A versatile and exciting musician, John can play all styles of music suiting all occasions and musical tastes. A graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, John has a masters degree in performance from Maynooth University.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
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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Event types:
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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Song list

Club/Dance Ibiza Style:
Baker Street – Electro House Version Gerry Rafferty
Blue Bossa Nu-disco version Kenny Dorham:
Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock
Changes Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau:
Children Synthetic Sax:
Hello [Adele club cover] DJ Fomichev & DJ Pahomoff:
Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh
Jubel Klingande:
Lambada Sax remix Kaoma:
No Man, No Cry Jimmy Saxq
Porto Jimmy Sax:
Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo
The Man with The Red Face
This Girl - Kungs
Toss the Feathers (Irish Reel) Dance Remix
Wake Me Up Avicci:
Vandaag - Bakermat
Yurima: River Flows in You (from Twilight) Electronic Dance Version
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.
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa
It's a Kind of Magic - Queen
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.


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)£80
Up to 1 hour£190
Up to 2 hours£280
Up to 3 hours£320
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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Karmen S, 1 month ago

John was fantastic, really made our whole event! Thanks so much!

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Faizan S, 11 months ago

John was amazing to work with and made the day special

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Joe K, 1 year ago

We had John Murphy play the saxophone at the Ronald McDonald House Jingle Bell Ball last Saturday. He played background music as our guests entered the banqueting hall. John was fantastic and even joined in with the Dublin Ukulele Collective when they played for our guests.

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Enda O, 2 years ago

John is an outstanding musician with a proven record of top quality playing across several musical genre. Always punctual, professional and personable, he will go above and beyond to guarantee highest levels of satisfaction. It is always an absolute pleasure working with John and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

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