John Cleave Solo

John C. is a Brisbane based solo vocalist / guitarist specializing in the hits of the 50’s thru to the 90’s. Favourites include hits from the Eagles, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison eras with some top Aussie band hits from Crowded House, BeeGees, Paul Kelly, INXS, Icehouse, etc. Add some lively dance sets as the function progresses and you have an evening of music that appeals to all ages and have the guests wanting more. As one of the most versatile of musicians, John can draw from a huge repertoire of music from the Easy Listening, Pop, Rock, Rock & Roll and Country genres to provide exactly the type of music required for any function, be it dinner music through to a lively rock party set


On 5th April, I had a 40th birthday function at Gallopers Club, Hamilton. John provided the music and it was totally enjoyed by all the guests, making the party a huge success, I was still receiving comments about how good the music was a month later. I have no hesitation recommending this artist to anyone planning a function

Hamish Nimmo
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John C. is a Brisbane based Vocalist / Guitarist specialising in easy listening hits from the 50's through to todays music. With an extensive repertoire that boasts loads of favourites from the Country Rock/Pop/Rock & Roll genres and accompanied by acoustic guitar and quality backing tracks, John has a musical product that is ideal for pub and club functions, weddings and private parties. With a broad repertoire, the music can be tailored to suit the mood and musical taste of the guests.

Crowd pleasing hits include easy listening classics made famous by artists from way back such as The Eagles, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Buffet, Johnny Cash and more through to the hits of the 90's and beyond. Enjoy the easy-listening favourites while you enjoy drinks and conversation then dance to more up-tempo music as the function progresses.

Featuring John Cleave (vocals and guitar), this musician is veteran of the Brisbane music scene with a musical career that commenced in the 70's in a band in Longreach, western Queensland. John has had a long career working in larger Brisbane bands playing for weddings private functions, pubs and clubs in and around Brisbane until the late 80's, most notably as lead guitar, lead and backing vocalist in the popular "Ventura" 5 piece band and then the very successful "Rare Vintage" 3 and 4 piece band which was in demand for pubs and club gigs, weddings and dinner dances in the 80's. Rare Vintage was touted by some entertainment agents as being the best wedding band in Brisbane at the time.

In the mid 80's, Rare Vintage (by then a 3 piece band) was merged to form a 5 piece country band, Joan Ridgewell and Cool Water, bringing a strong backing vocal and instrumental lineup to Joan’s impressive vocals. This band competed in and received nomination for the Queensland Country Music awards in that year but were not successful in winning. Rare Vintage continued to gig as a 3 piece band when not required for functions with the country group.

Following a 10 year+ break from the industry in the 90's, John formed the Cool Cargo duo, an all electric guitar band with a country rock style and then several years later re-formed as the Cool Revival duo with keyboard and a more easy listening style. In 2012, with the retirement of the keyboard player, the decision was made to go solo with acoustic guitar retaining the influences of both previous bands. These days it is more about playing for the enjoyment rather than income so quotes for functions are very competitive.

If you're after an experienced act that will turn any night of entertainment into a party and won't break the budget - then this musician may be just what you're looking for, the best music played at the right volume for the most competitive price.

Setlist

  • It is not possible to present a set list that suits all types of function.
  • A dinner set at a wedding is going to be vastly different music and tempo compared to a final set at a lively pub gig.
  • The final set list will be a collection of songs that are appropriate for the function being played and will have been hits in their era and/or at the present time.

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On 5th April, I had a 40th birthday function at Gallopers Club, Hamilton. John provided the music and it was totally enjoyed by all the guests, making the party a huge success, I was still receiving comments about how good the music was a month later. I have no hesitation recommending this artist to anyone planning a function
Hamish Nimmo
10/05/2014

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