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Pete Cogavin

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About Pete

UK based Irish singer-guitarist with over a decade live experience performing for everything from weddings to international music festivals.
Singing guitarist

Irish singer-guitarist Pete has been a staple on the events scene in both London and the French Riviera for well over a decade and is one of the most versatile performers on the scene. Available with a range of ensembles to cater for all manner of events, Pete is equally strong at keeping a crowd dancing and singing till the wee small hours as he is at creating a warm ambience at cocktail receptions and marriage ceremonies.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Acoustic, Christmas, Traditional church music, Folk, Folk rock, Irish rock, Bluegrass, Country, Traditional Irish folk, Swing, Light music, Originals, Easy listening, Pop, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Motown, Soul, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop rock, Indie
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, New Year's Eve, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Lyricist, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Father and Son – Cat Stevens
Horse with no name - America
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Hit the Road Jack (Medley)
Stuck in the middle – Steeler’s Wheel
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
Moondance – Van Morrison
Free Fallin – Tom Petty
I want you back – Jackson 5
Thunder Road – Springsteen
Blinded by the light - Springsteen
Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
In the summertime – Mungo Jerry
You look wonderful tonight – Clapton
Feeling Good – Nina Simone
Proud Mary – Creedence
Dream a little dream – Mama Cass
What’d I say – Ray Charles
The Weight – The Band
The Night they drove ol’ Dixie down – The Band
What a wonderful world – Sam Cooke
Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder
Something tells me – Herman’s Hermits
Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
All along the watchtower – Dylan/Hendrix
House of the rising sun – Dylan/Animals
Take it easy – Eagles
These Days – Jackson Brown
Ooh lala (When I was younger) – Faces
Sloop John B – Beach Boys
Dedicated follower of fashion - Kinks
All my loving
Let it be
Come Together
Hide your love away
I’ve just seen a face
Norwegian Wood Hey Jude
Here comes the sun Girl
Back in USSR Blackbird
When I’m 64
+ any Beatles song can be learned upon request
Rolling Stones:
Miss you
Sympathy for the devil
Wild Horses
Dead Flowers
Honky Tonk Women
Simon and Garfunkel:
Mrs Robinson
Me you and Julio
The boxer
Sound of silence
Bob Dylan:
Like a rolling stone
Just like a woman
You can’t always get
Mr. Tambourine Man
Knockin on heaven’s door
Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues
It takes a lot to laugh...
Don’t think twice it’s alright
Subteranean Homesick Blues
Blues/Soul/Rock n’ Roll:
Mustang sally – Wilson Picket
Mercy - Duffy
Sweet Home Chicago
Nobody knows you when you’re down & out
I heard it through the grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Ain’t no sunshine – Bill Withers
Sitting on the dock of the bay – Otis Redding
Use Me – Bill Withers
Blue suede shoes - Elvis
Folsom prison blues – Johnny Cash
Lean on me – Bill Withers
Tracks of my tears – Smokey Robinson
A change is gonna come – Sam Cooke
Back to black – Amy Winehouse
Bittersweet Symphony - Verve
It ain’t over now – Lenny Kravitz
No diggity – I need a dollar – Thrift Shop –
Fresh Prince of Belair - Hotstepper (medley)
Sit down - James
Californication – Chili Peppers
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Last request – Paolo Nutini
Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
These Boots – Nancy Sinatra
Got my mind set on you – George Harrison
Stand by me – Ben E. King
Wish you were here – Pink Floyd
Brown eyed girl – Van Morison
Waterloo Sunset - Kinks
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
I’m a believer - Monkees
Be My Baby - Ronettes
My girl – Foundations/Otis redding
American Pie – Don McLean
Joker – Steve Miller Band
Take a walk on the wild side – Lou Reed
Save tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
All I wanna do – Sheryll Crow
7 nation Army (Swing version)
Chasing cars – Snow Patrol
Candy – Paulo Nutini
Dakota - Stereophonics
Mr Brightside - Killers
Rotterdam – Beautiful South
Angels – Robbie Williams
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
I want you back – Take that
Bubbly Toes – Jack Johnson
2000 - :
Shotgun – George Ezra
Shallow – Lady Gaga
Wasn’t expecting that – Jamie Lawson
A Team – Ed Sheran
Pompeii – Bastille
Scientist – Coldplay
Blame it on me/What are you waiting for – George Ezra medley
Yellow - Coldplay
Viva la Vida - Coldplay
Fix You - Coldplay
Green Eyes - Coldplay
Sparks -Coldplay
Pumped up kicks – Foster the People
Hey Ho - Lumineers
New Shoes – Paulo Nutini
Kids - MGMT
Time of your life – Green Day
One day like this - Elbow
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Rolling in the deep - Adele
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
Happy – Pharell Williams
Budapest – George Ezra
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Lonley Boy – Black Keys
All of me – John Legend Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
All about that Bass – Meghan Trainor
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
Don’t look back in anger
Wonderwall Champagne
Half a world away
Galway Girl
Whiskey in the jar
Wild Rover
Still haven’t found – U2
I used to love her – Saw Doctors
Volcano – Damien Rice
Blowers Daughter – Damien Rice
One – U2
With or without you – U2 Stay – U2
All I want – U2
Nothing compares – Sinead O Connor
Fisherman’s blues
Rocky took a lover – Bell X1
Rainy night in Soho
Pair of brown eyes
July – Mundy
Dirty Old Town – Pogues
Fairytale in NY – Pogues
+ any traditional Irish songs on request
Englishman in NY
Message in a bottle
So Lonely
Fields of Gold
Bob Marley:
3 little birds
No Woman no cry
Redemption song
Brass in Pocket – Pretenders
500 miles – Proclaimers
Just a gigalo – Louis Prima
To love somebody – Bee Gees
Babylon – David Gray
Steal my Kisses – Ben Harper
Blister in the sun – Violent Femmes
Should I stay - Clash
Hotel California - Eagles
The River - Springsteen
And it stoned me – Van Morrison
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway
Flowers on the wall – Pulp Fiction
Handle with care – Travelling Wilburys
Nobody does it better – Carly Simon
Up the junction - Squeeze
That’s Entertainment - Jam
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Breakfast in America - Supertramp
Don’t know why – Norah Jones
Walkin’ in Memphis – Marc Cohen/Cher
If I should fall behind - Springsteen
One man Guy – Loudon/Rufus Wainwright
Boys don’t cry – The Cure
I wanna be like you (Jungle Book) – Louis Prima
High and Dry – Radiohead
Mr Bojangles – Various
King of Spain – Tallest man on earth
Your song – Elton John
Talkin ‘bout a revolution – Tracey Chapman
Fly me to the moon - Sinatra
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Professionalism, Flexibility, Versatility, Excellent at reading the room, Ability to get people dancing when needed and be invisible when needed to!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

LONDON BARS: WC Clapham, Arches Wine Bar, Powder Keg, Rincon LONDON MEMBERS CLUBS: Eight, Upstairs RIVIERA BEACH BARS: Anjuna Beach, Eze Countless CHATEAUS, RESTAURANTS AND BARS throughout France

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Rolling Stones, The Police, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Waits, The Dubliners

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

Nice Jazz Festival 2012 Nice Fete du Port 2012 - crowd of 8,000 in attendance Weddings at Chateaus throughout France Wedding on Lake Como's only island Have performed for the owner of the Dallas Cowboys on his chartered yacht as part of strolling band

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

When performing solo, I am very flexible! If I can make the change to make you happy, I will!

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

DJ service at an extra cost, music between sets, no problem at all!

How much time do you need to set up?

For solo performance, one hour max. Can do faster if necessary for the event.

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

If you like!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, unless it is a particularly large event where additional PA and lights hire may be required.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

With reasonable notice, I'm happy to learn 2-3 songs.


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)£180
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£300


From customers:

Rachel (, 6 years ago

“We stumbled upon Pete singing in London and were instantly sold – we couldn’t wait for him to finish his set so that we could ask him if he would sing at our wedding in Italy. Luckily for us, he said yes! Pete was an absolute dream from beginning to end – from learning songs we had specifically requested, to meeting up with a friend of ours secretly on various occasions to practice a number of duets to sing as a surprise, to trekking all the way to Italy with his guitar and then absolutely blowing us and our guests away on the day – we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Pete was a highlight of our day and gave us memories that we will treasure forever. And the best part? We have made a lifelong friend!”

Stephanie P, 1 year ago

‘I’ve booked Pete several times as a solo performer, and as frontman for the amazing Cardinals duo and trio. He is so versatile and so professional, and is just brilliant at reading a room. Whether it be to create a classy atmosphere for drinks receptions or to get a whole ballroom of people dancing from the first song, he’s an amazing artist to have as part of any event. Guests always ask ‘where did you find him?!’