John Cleave Soloist
Location: Banyo, Brisbane
Country: Australia

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  John Cleave 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, Buddy Holley, 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.

 The song list contains music from several music genres and does not represent a set of music that will be played at any particular function. The song list caters for several different types of function such as pub, club, wedding and private patrties.

A dinner music set for a wedding will be vastly different to a late night set at a lively pub gig. The set list for a particular function will be a collection of songs that are appropriate for the type of function.

There are over 130 songs available and a 4 hour gig will use about 60 tunes.


All Shook Up

Elvis Presley

Already Gone

The Eagles

And I Love Her           


Another Saturday Night         

Cat Stevens

Bad Moon Rising



Screaming Jets

Better Be Home Soon

Crowded House

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Brookes & Dunn

Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

Billie Jean

Michael Jackson

Blue Suede Shoes

Carl Perkins

Bye Bye Love

Everley Bros

Can’t Help Fallin In Love

Elvis Presley

Come Back Again

Daddy Cool

Come Monday

Jimmy Buffet

Come With Me Now


Cool Change  


Copperhead Road

Steve Earle

Cotton Fields


Country Roads

John Denver


Elton John

Daydream Believer


Diamonds On The Inside

Ben Harper

Don’t Be Cruel           

Elvis Presley

Down On The Corner



Everley Bros

Dream Lover

Bobby Darin


The Cars


James Taylor


James Taylor

Flame Trees

Cold Chisel

Follow Me      

Uncle Kracker

Folsom Prison Blues

Johnny Cash

Free Fallin'

Tom Petty

Girl From Yesterday


Green Door

Shakin Stevens

Green Limousine

The Badloves

Handle Me With Care

Travelling Wilburys


James Taylor

Hey Soul Sister          


Heartache Tonight

The Eagles

Ho Hey


How Sweet It Is          

James Taylor

Help Me Make It Through The Night

Johnny Nash

How Deep Is Your Love


Hurts So Good

John C Mellencamp

I love a Rainy Night

Eddie Rabbitt

I Want To Dance With You


I’m A Believer


It's Your Love

Tim McGraw

If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body

Bellamy Bros

Just The Way You Are          

Billy Joel

Just To See You Smile

Tim McGraw

Knocking On Heavens Door

Bon Dylan

Lay Down Sally

Eric Clapton

Layla – Acoustic

Eric Clapton

Let's Twist Again

Chubby Checker

Lights On The Hill

Slim Dusty

Love Is All Around

Wet Wet Wet

Let’s Stick Together

Bryan Ferry



Long As I Can See The Light


Lookin’ Out My Back Door


Losing My Religion


Love I s All Around

Wet Wet Wet

Love Is In The Air

John Paul Young

Lyin' Eyes

The Eagles


Alan Jackson

Maybe Baby

Buddy Holly

My Girl

The Temptations

Me & Bobby McGee

Kris Kristofferson


Van Morrison

Mustang Sally


Never Tear Us Apart


Old Time Rock & Roll

Status Quo

Only Wanna Be With You

Hootie And The Blowfish

Peaceful Easy Feelin’


Pretty Woman

Roy Orbison



Rave On

Buddy Holly

Ring Of Fire

Johnny Cash

Return To Sender

Elvis Presley

Rock And Roll Heart

Eric Clapton


Vance Joy

Rockabilly Rebel


Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley

Save Tonight

Eagle Eye Cherry

Sea Of Heartbreak

Jimmy Buffet

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

Otis Redding

Solitary Man

Neil Diamond

Some Days Are Diamonds

John Denver

Song Sung Blue

Neil Diamond

Stuck On You

Elvis Presley

Suspicious Minds

Elvis Presley

Summertime Blues

Alan Jackson

Sweet Caroline

Neil Diamond

Teach Your Children

Crosby, Stills & Nash

Teddy Bear

Elvis Presley

Tequila Sunrise


That’ll Be The Day

Buddy Holly

The Gambler

Kenny Rogers

Time Of Your Life


To Her Door

Paul Kelly

Too Many Times

Mental As Anything

Travellin’ Man

Dr Hook



Walkin’ In Memphis

Marc Cohn

Walk In The Room

Status Quo

Who’ll Stop The Rain


Why They Call It The Blues

Elton John

Wont Back Down

Tom Petty



Wild World

Cat Stevens

You Got It

Roy Orbison


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