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Martin John

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Singing guitarist
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I am a full-time professional DJ, singer, guitarist & pianist. DJ or live musician or both - perfect for any occasion!

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
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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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

1950s & earlier:
Andre and Schwandt - Dream A Little Dream Of Me
George Gershwin - Summertime
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 - All Shook Up
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Bob Dylan - Mr Tambourine Man
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary
Elvis Presley - I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin'
Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire
Mamas and Papas - California Dreamin’
Marvin Gaye - Aint No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye - Heard It On The Grapevine
Moody Blues - Nights Of White Satin
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
Nina Simone - Feeling Good
Otis Redding - Sitting On The Dock Of A Bay
Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale
Ralf McTell - Streets Of London
Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack
Simon & Garfunkle - Kathy's Song
Simon and Garfunkel - Sound Of Silence
Simon and Garfunkle - Mrs Robinson
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
The Beatles - Come Together
The Beatles - Day In The Life
The Beatles - For No One
The Beatles - Hard Day’s Night
The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles - In My Life
The Beatles - Let It Be
The Beatles - Ticket to Ride
The Beatles - Yesterday
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
The Monkeys - I’m A Believer
The Temptations - My Girl
The Top Notes - Twist And Shout
The Zombies - She's Not There
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads
The Beatles - Something
10CC - I’m Not In Love
Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
Bill Withers - Ain’t No Sunshine
Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
David Bowie - Starman
Don McLean - American Pie
Elton John - Your Song
Elvis Presley - Always On My Mind
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
John Lennon - Imagine
Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven
Lionel Richie - Easy
Madness / Labi Saffre - It Must Be Love
Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard
Paul Simon - Slip Slidin’ Away
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - Money
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Part 1)
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Rod Stewart - Sailing
Simon and Garfunkel - The Boxer
Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie
The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Glenn Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
T Rex - 20th Century Boy
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy
Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer
Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Crowded House - Don’t Dream It’s Over
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
Gloria Jones / Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Michael Jackson - Billy Jean
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Sting - Englishman In New York
The Cure - Lovesong
The Police - Every Breath You Take
The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Proclaimers - Sunshine On Leith
The Smiths - There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It
U2 - With Or Without You
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Blur - Country House
Blur - End Of The Century
Crowded House - Fall At Your Feet
Crowded House - Four Seasons In One Day
Crowded House - Private Universe
Crowded House - Weather With You
Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's
James - Sit Down
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
Lou Bega - Mambo Number 5
Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Oasis - Don’t Look Back In Anger
Oasis - Wonderwall
Ocean Colour Scene - The Day We Caught The Train
Paul Weller - You Do Something To Me
Primal Scream - Movin' On Up
Queen - These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Radiohead - High And Dry
Randy Newman - You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Robbie Williams - Angels
Santana ft. Rob Thomas - Smooth
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Sinead O’Connor / Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U
Sting - Fields Of Gold
The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
Radiohead - Creep
The Rembrandts - I'll Be There For You
Bob Dylan / Adele - To Make You Feel My Love
Coldplay - Yellow
Damien Rice - Amie
Elbow - One Day Like This
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Jack Johnson - Better Together
James Blunt - 1973
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Nora Jones - Come Away With Me
Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)
The Killers - Mr Brightside
The Zutons / Amy Winehouse - Valarie
David Gray - Babylon
Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
Calvin Harris ft. Rag 'n' Bone Man - Giant
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
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Rihanna - We Found Love
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance With Me
Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Callum Scott - Dancing On My Own
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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Evelin H, 1 month 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, 3 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, 4 months ago

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

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Maggio C, 7 months ago

We were delighted with Martin who was very friendly and professional, and understanding of our terrible acoustic and lack of nearby parking. He got people dancing, which is what we wanted.

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John P, 6 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, 8 months 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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