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John Sharkey


2020 GIGS

20 Mar

CANCELLED – Pizza Express, Guildford, UK

18 APR

CANCELLED – Private Party, Dusseldorf, Germany

24 Apr

CANCELLED – Pizza Express, Guildford, UK

24 MAY

Farnham Sustainability Festival, Farnham, UK

26-27 SEP

Surrey Hills Wood Fair, Cranleigh, UK


Singer, guitarist, and harmonica player John Sharkey strives to provide a fun environment for those listening. From festive and “party charging” to soft and soothing, he plays quality acoustic rock with a huge repertoire of recognizable songs that are great for pubs, parties, and events.

In the summer of 2011, John moved from Florida to just outside Farnham in England’s beautiful Surrey countryside. Since then he has been playing local pubs, events, parties, and weddings. He looks forward to playing at your upcoming party or venue!

John’s main creative project is the Dirty Soapbox band. Please see the website for details.

Past Gigs

John has played for the following fine organisations:

  • Home Builders Association of Central Florida
  • Hot Olives Restaurant
  • Humane Society
  • Hunton, Brady, Pryor, Maso Architects
  • Jungle Jim’s
  • Logan’s Bistro
  • Mulvaney’s
  • Munitions Carriers Conference
  • Orlando Magic
  • Parachute Industry Association
  • Pizza Express, Guildford
  • (The) Princess Royal
  • (The) Queen’s Head
  • Scruffy Murphy’s Pub
  • Slingapours
  • (The) Station House
  • St. Margaret Mary Church
  • Steamers Riverside
  • Surrey Hills Wood Fair (2019, 2020)
  • Indian River Festival – Brevard Chamber of Commerce
  • UCF Athletics
  • UCF Alumni Association (Homecoming)
  • Universal Studios Florida – Jaws Ride (Get the connection?)
  • Urban Flats Bar & Restaurant
  • U.S. Coastguard Auxilary
  • Valencia Community College
  • Winter Garden Music Fest
  • (The) Woolpack
  • YMCA



Here from those that have booked!

I first heard Sharkey play in a local coffee shop and instantly loved his style. When my husband and I started planning our wedding, I knew right away one thing we wouldn’t disagree about was asking Sharkey to play at our reception. I had such a wonderful time and I owe some of that to Sharkey. He created an upbeat festive atmosphere. He incorporated several songs that I requested ahead of time and filled the rest of the afternoon with songs of his choice. Everything was perfect. I received so many compliments afterwards of what a great musician we had. Thanks, Sharkey for being part of one of the Happiest days of my life. You were Awesome!

Christina H.

Lake Mary, FL

John’s catalogue of music is sure to please. From easy listening hits to the classics, he covers them all. We threw a 70’s party and he managed to incorporate his own unique sound into funk and disco that had the whole crowd dancing. From soothing background acoustics to party charging songs, John has something for every situation.

John B.

Longwood, FL

John is the kind of person that does well in any setting. We have hired John for private parties many times and many of our friends have hired him from being a guest. From formal to more laid back, John has always been able to have to right music and make each party a great success. I would recommend John to anyone as long as it does not interfere with one of our events.

Frederic G.

Orlando, FL

John, you have been a hit ever since we heard you! You have played at several of our events and you are always exactly what we want. Guests of all ages continually compliment your services! It has been a pleasure working with you, and we greatly appreciate your tremendous talent and professionalism. If you ever need a reference please let us know!

David and Lauralyn H.

Titusville, FL

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