Singing guitarist

Martin John

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I am a full-time professional DJ, singer, guitarist & pianist. DJ or live musician or both - perfect for any occasion!
Singing guitarist
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Hello! My name is Martin John and I am an accomplished, versatile and professional full time musician & DJ. I have been performing at weddings, parties, private functions, pub & club gigs since the early 2000s. I have my own professional PA system and lighting rig. My equipment is PAT tested and I have Public Liability Insurance. My agency ratings are always 5* and my reviews speak for themselves. For live music, I have a repertoire of 160+ songs from the 1950s to present day - please see the full repertoire below. I can adapt the repertoire to suit your event easily and I'm more than happy to learn a couple of songs specifically for your occasion. I can provide music for any part of your occasion: singing guitarist to get everyone dancing and singing? DJ sets to keep people on the dancefloor? Ambient background music to enhance the event? Specific songs for your special day? You name it and I can provide it! Either on piano or from behind the decks or by being a singing guitarist or pianist. As a DJ I have played at all sorts of functions: weddings, parties, corporate events and pub & club gigs. I use a DDJ two-channel mixer with a full range of effects to enhance my mixes. My library currently stands at 12,000 songs from all genres. I am not precious about what I play - I am happy to tailor my playlist entirely to your occasion. If you'd like to leave the music entirely to me with a few suggestions - that is fine. Or if you'd like to provide the full playlist exactly as you want it - that is also fine. I am happy to MC as much or as little as you'd like - either singing and talking to encourage guests to the dancefloor or simply focusing on the music keeping the dancefloor as full as possible. Have a listen to my DJ mix in the media section. I have performed solo and in various bands for nearly 20 years all over the UK, having performed on the same bill as mainstream bands and artists at festivals and private events. My bands have won Battle Of The Bands competitions and I have been in various function bands that have played at weddings and parties. I have also produced music that has been used for adverts, computer games and animations. My set up includes a 2800W PA system and a multi effect lighting rig (strobes, pars, derbys and a laser). I also make use of various effects to enhance my live performance: a loop pedal, vocal harmoniser and a delay pedal for ambient sweeping guitar solos. Clients are often keen to book me for my versatility - they would like live music and a disco afterwards, or a mixture of live and disco throughout the event. It means they do not have to go through multiple suppliers or have to worry about one act packing away whilst the other sets up often in the same space. So I can be the one-stop shop for your event to make sure all your musical requirements are organised professionally and all in one package. So please do get in touch to discuss or make a booking - I do get booked up far in advance so the sooner the better.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Electronic, Electronica, House, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Pop, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Power rock, Reggae, Christmas, Folk, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Progressive rock, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Covers
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Songwriter, Fluent improviser, Live looping, Singing teaching, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

SINGING GUITARIST & SINGING PIANIST REPERTOIRE:
1950s & earlier:
George Gershwin - Summertime
Andre and Schwandt - Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again
Rodgers And Hammerstein - You'll Never Walk Alone
Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Cliff Richard - Livin' Doll
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley - All Shook Up
1960s:
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
Bob Dylan - Mr Tambourine Man
Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin'
Ralf McTell - Streets Of London
Simon & Garfunkle - Kathy's Song
Simon and Garfunkel - Sound Of Silence
The Beatles - Blackbird
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Marvin Gaye - Aint No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye - Heard It On The Grapevine
The Temptations - My Girl
Elvis Presley - I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Beatles - For No One
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles - In My Life
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Beatles - Something
Bruce Channel - Hey Baby
Little Eva / Kylie Monogue - Locomotion
Mamas and Papas - California Dreamin’
Moody Blues - Nights Of White Satin
Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale
Simon and Garfunkle - Mrs Robinson
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Day In The Life
The Beatles - Hard Day’s Night
The Beatles - Ticket to Ride
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
The Monkeys - I’m A Believer
The Zombies - She's Not There
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary
The Beatles - Come Together
The Top Notes - Twist And Shout
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Otis Redding - Sitting On The Dock Of A Bay
1970s:
Glenn Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Paul Simon - Slip Slidin’ Away
Rod Stewart - Sailing
Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer
10CC - I’m Not In Love
Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley - Always On My Mind
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
John Lennon - Imagine
Madness / Labi Saffre - It Must Be Love
Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard
The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
David Bowie - Life On Mars
David Bowie - Starman
Don McLean - American Pie
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Part 1)
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
Bob Marley - Jammin'
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Money
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
T Rex - 20th Century Boy
Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine
Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Lionel Richie - Easy
1980s:
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
The Cure - Lovesong
The Smiths - There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
Michael Jackson - Billy Jean
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Sting - Englishman In New York
The Proclaimers - Sunshine On Leith
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Crowded House - Don’t Dream It’s Over
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
The Police - Every Breath You Take
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
U2 - With Or Without You
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Gloria Jones / Soft Cell - Tainted Love
1990s:
Blur - End Of The Century
James - Sit Down
Ocean Colour Scene - The Day We Caught The Train
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me
Primal Scream - Movin' On Up
Radiohead - High And Dry
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
Crowded House - Four Seasons In One Day
Crowded House - Weather With You
Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's
Lou Bega - Mambo Number 5
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
Randy Newman - You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Robbie Williams - Angels
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Sinead O’Connor / Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U
Sting - Fields Of Gold
The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You
Britney Spears - Hit Me Baby One More Time
Blur - Country House
Crowded House - Fall At Your Feet
Crowded House - Private Universe
Queen - These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Santana ft. Rob Thomas - Smooth
Ash - Girl From Mars
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Oasis - Don’t Look Back In Anger
Oasis - Wonderwall
Radiohead - Creep
2000s:
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Coldplay - Yellow
Damien Rice - Amie
Elbow - One Day Like This
James Blunt - 1973
Nora Jones - Come Away With Me
Bob Dylan / Adele - To Make You Feel My Love
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
The Zutons / Amy Winehouse - Valarie
David Gray - Babylon
The Killers - Mr Brightside
Britney Spears - Toxic
2010s:
Little Nas X - Old Town Road
Calvin Harris ft. Rag 'n' Bone Man - Giant
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Rihanna - We Found Love
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
Camila Cabello - Havana
Chainsmokers ft. Coldplay - Something Just Like This
Clean Bandit - Rock-A-Bye
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
George Ezra - Shotgun
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
Callum Scott - Dancing On My Own
Clean Bandit - Rather Be
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance With Me
CLASSICAL
Beethoven - Fur Elise
Beethoven - Ode To Joy
Handel - Zadoc The Priest
JS Bach - Air On The G String
JS Bach - Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Pachelbel - Canon In D
Vivaldi - Spring
Wagner - Bridal Chorus

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Richard B, 14 days ago

Martin was brilliant. He was engaging and friendly on the day as well as a talented musician. We had a session in advance to discuss the event and play list. He was super flexible and even learnt some new song for us. Thank you Martin!

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Evelin H, 7 months ago

I hired Martin for my husband 50th birthday party. From beginning Martin made a great impact. He sang some beautiful songs at the reception and helped us decide what and when to play. Gave us some great tips and at the disco he played wide range of music like pop, raggaeton, 80s etc. Everyone loved the music and the disco lights. We would hire Martin again . Thank you. Eve and Raf

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Ged B, 9 months ago

We booked martin for our wedding. It was important to us that we play a little something for everybody. After a phone consultation he made us feel very at ease and he made us even more excited for the day. He even learnt some songs to sing for us one he sang for our first dance which was a really lovely touch. Martin was very professional he turned up early and nobody even noticed him setting up. He was a true entertainer, everybody was commenting on how fab his singing was and because he does a mixture of singing and dj'ing it was a good balance. The only down fall was it felt like it went too quickly. Thanks for every thing Martin.

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Martina F, 9 months ago

Amazing performer, last minute booking and as he was available he made it happen. 5 stars all round!!!!!

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John P, 11 months ago

Thank you for your performance and Disco on Saturday. The wedding ceremony performance was amazing as was the evening. We had many people complimenting on what a great job you did all day. Everyone loved it including us. Thanks for helping make our day so special.

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Darren G, 1 year ago

Well, what can I say! Everyone commented on how good you were and how on the money you were with the song choices. Unlike some DJ’s who spin and good track and then lose momentum, you possess the skills to keep people going all night. You are a very talented man and it absolutely made the party a smash.

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