Welcome to Not Just Jack

Welcome to Not Just Jack Music, providers of entertainment for events and venues of all shapes and sizes! We are based in the north-east of England, but travel all over the place to play.

You can either find Jack playing quirky covers and originals, with his loop pedal in tow, or Jack and Stuart as a duo. Our sets are extremely varied, tailored to the location, event and atmosphere, but whether it’s a solo set of acoustic tunes at a wedding, or getting everybody singing and dancing along with a range of upbeat numbers, entertainment and satisfaction are guaranteed!

Depending on the event, we can strip it right back and play mellow, laid-back songs; we can mix little snippets of light-hearted banter with stories to get people laughing; or we can give out instruments and get people singing and dancing along.

So have a browse… Check out a bit about how we got into playing music, some sample tunes and testimonials, as well as upcoming gig dates, before contacting us with your enquiry. Always a giggle!

About Not Just Jack

The seed of Not Just Jack was planted back in September 2013, about 6,500 miles from home.

Jack studied Mandarin Chinese at Hainan University for a year, and had never played music in front of anyone before. In the second week of term, the class had to make a brief presentation about their homeland, and Jack made the mistake of saying to his good friend Vicky that he would sing a north-eastern folk song in his presentation. She duly announced this to the rest of the class, and things were never the same again!

It all spiralled, and Jack ended up, four weeks later, playing a song (in Chinese) in a provincial talent competition in an auditorium of about 800 people on a ukulele. This went well… Having won the competition, he continued to perform at venues and events dotted around the island, and got the bug.

Returning to the UK in summer 2014, Jack promised to Stu that he wouldn’t stop playing music publicly, and the unique entertainment style has developed over time from there on in!

Check out some photos from this journey below, and keep on reading for more. Then, get in touch with us 🙂

Where we play

Naturally, not every venue or event requires the same style and approach to its music. We pride ourselves on providing the right sort of ambience for each different set we play. Have a read of the below and see what sort of music we can provide.

Bars, pubs and parties
We have much experience playing music for bars, pubs and other venues, as well as at parties. Full PA is provided, as well as background music between sets if desired.
Whether it's a laid-back, background acoustic vibe you're after, or more a set of singalong covers to get people on their feet and dancing, Not Just Jack can provide!
We love playing at weddings, and are available to play bespoke romantic sets, first dance requests, as well as unique versions of popular covers to get people dancing long into the night.
Full PA is provided, and we can provide as much or as little music as you please. Making sure that everything goes how you want on your big day, we take requests - we'll only play songs you want us to!! Make your day even more memorable...
Totally unplugged
Some of our best, most enjoyable gigs have been very intimate private gatherings - birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations, or just for a dinner party you're hosting.
The inimitable brand of entertainment we offer is well suited to this sort of stage. A unique blend of background fingerstyle guitar, captivating storytelling and engaging music - no venue is too small!

Our music

One of the key things when looking to book musical entertainment is – clearly – the music…! Below you can see a sample of some of our recordings (video and audio) at various events and types of venue. Like us on Facebook for more, and don’t be afraid to get in touch to request more demos – or even better, come and see us at an upcoming gig!

Lady Marmalade @ Wilder's 31/5/17

A video from a couple of weeks ago...

Posted by Not Just Jack on Wednesday, 14 June 2017
She Moves In Her Own Way

A class night at The Colliery Tavern Boldon!! Thanks for having us, and look forward to coming back on 23rd December for some Christmas fun!

Posted by Not Just Jack on Sunday, 21 October 2018
Feather on the Clyde

This was requested at the weekend and it's a bloody lovely song. Look forward to cracking it out live.

Posted by Not Just Jack on Wednesday, 24 October 2018


Now, we can’t guarantee that this is 100% up-to-date, as we’re always learning new stuff, but this is certainly a relatively recent list of our music… Have a look through, and then use the contact form below to make an enquiry!

1973James Blunt
1996The Lake Poets
50 Ways to Leave Your LoverPaul Simon
7 YearsLukas Graham
Accidentally in LoveCounting Crows
Ahead of MyselfJamie Lawson
All StarSmashmouth
All These Things I've DoneThe Killers
Baby It's Cold OutsideDean Martin
BabylonDavid Gray
Bad DayDaniel Powter
Banana PancakesJack Johnson
Before I Fall to PiecesRazorlight
Better TogetherJack Johnson
Black Horse & the Cherry TreeKT Tunstall
Bonfire HeartJames Blunt
Books from BoxesMaximo Park
BreakevenThe Script
Breakfast at Tiffany'sDeep Blue Something
BrokenJake Bugg
Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
California GrownTyler Rich
California GurlsKaty Perry
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of YouAndy Williams
CannonballDamien Rice
Castle on a HillEd Sheeran
Chelsea DaggerThe Fratellis
City By The SeaThe Lake Poets
Cold In OhioJamie Lawson
Country SongJake Bugg
CrazyGnarls Barkley
Don't You Know How Busy & Important I AmTom Rosenthal
EdinburghThe Lake Poets
Everything Has ChangedEd Sheeran
Fairytale of New YorkThe Pogues
Fast CarTracy Chapman
Feather on the ClydePassenger
Feeling GoodMichael Buble
Feliz NavidadMichael Buble
Filipino MaidVin Garbutt
Fly Me to the MoonFrank Sinatra
Free Fallin'John Mayer
FriendsThe Lake Poets
Galway GirlEd Sheeran
Get Counting Lucky StarsMedley
Give Me LoveEd Sheeran
Good PeopleJack Johnson
HallelujahRufus Wainwright
Handbags & GladragsStereophonics
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)John Lennon
HeavenBryan Adams
Here TonightJon Allen
Hey Soul SisterTrain
Hey YaObadiah Parker
Hips Don't LieShakira
Ho HeyThe Lumineers
Home Newcastle
Hotel CaliforniaEagles
Hounds of LoveFutureheads
How'd You Love Me?The Lake Poets
HumanThe Killers
I Believe In A Thing Called LoveThe Darkness
I Can't Help Falling In Love With YouElvis Presley
I HatePassenger
I Kissed A GirlKaty Perry
I Knew You Were TroubleTaylor Swift
I Want You Back / Price TagMedley
I Will Follow You into the DarkDeath Cab for Cutie
I'm A BelieverThe Monkees
I'm YoursJason Mraz
IgnitionR Kelly
It Wasn't MeShaggy
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ChristmasMichael Buble
It's Hard to Get Around the WindAlex Turner
Keep On WalkingPassenger
KissTom Jones
Lady MarmaladePatti LaBelle
Land of 3 RiversVin Garbutt
Last ChristmasWham!
Last RequestPaolo Nutini
Let It GoJames Bay
Let Me Entertain YouRobbie Williams
LIFEGOESONNoah and the Whale
Little By LittleOasis
Little ItalyLittle Comets
Living in the MomentJason Mraz
Lost BoyThe Lake Poets
Mardy BumArctic Monkeys
Me & Julio Down By The SchoolyardSimon & Garfunkel
Merry Christmas EveryoneShakin' Stevens
More Than WordsExtreme
Mr BojanglesRobbie Williams
MudfootballJack Johnson
My Old Man's A DustmanLonnie Donegan
Never KnowJack Johnson
New ShoesPaolo Nutini
Night & DayJon Allen
Old Dun CowFutureheads
One WeekBare Naked Ladies
ParadiseGeorge Ezra
Pencil Full Of LeadPaolo Nutini
Poker FaceLady Gaga
Pumped Up KicksFoster the People
RainThe Lake Poets
RenegadesX Ambassadors
RiptideVance Joy
Rockin Around the Christmas TreeBrenda Lee
Same Brimful for 5 YearsMedley
Same JeansThe View
Santa Claus Is Coming To TownMisc.
Shape of YouEd Sheeran
She Moves In Her Own WayThe Kooks
She's ElectricOasis
ShipyardsThe Lake Poets
ShotgunGeorge Ezra
Should I Stay or Should I Go?The Clash
Simple as ThisJake Bugg
Skinny LoveBon Iver
Slow Dancing in a Burning RoomJohn Mayer
Somebody I Used To KnowGotye
Someone Told MeJake Bugg
Song for BrentoOriginal
Stacy's MomFountains of Wayne
Staring at the StarsPassenger
Stealing AwayJon Allen
Summer of 69Bryan Adams
Tainted LoveSoft Cell
Take Your GuessTom Rosenthal
The A TeamEd Sheeran
The Wrong DirectionPassenger
Thinking Out LoudEd Sheeran
This is the LifeAmy Macdonald
Too CloseAlex Clare
TornNatalie Imbruglia
Under The SeaDisney
VelocityMaximo Park
Wagon WheelMumford & Sons
Wake Me UpAvicii
When I GoSlow Club
White ChristmasBing Crosby
Winter WonderlandBing Crosby
With or Without YouU2
YOLOTom Rosenthal
You're BeautifulJames Blunt
You've Got a Friend in MeRandy Newman
Your Body Is a WonderlandJohn Mayer
Your FaceThe Lake Poets


Of course, we understand the importance of recommendations. You can listen to all the recordings you like, but it’s never quite the full picture… So here are a few testimonials of people who we’ve played for!

  • A truly captivating act whose storytelling and earnest wit help deliver an engaging set of truly original songs peppered with some well-chosen covers with their own inimitable twist!

    Jon Tait Promoter
  • It was great to have Not Just Jack and their amazing performance at our Christmas gathering at home - they quickly created a warm, relaxed and intimate atmosphere at our party with their music and entertaining tales. Not to be missed!

    Yvonne Carlin-Page
  • The locals like their music - regular bands continue to set a high standard. Our first booking of Not Just Jack two years ago was a bit of an unknown, but wow, what a surprise! A mix of covers and original songs, the loop pedal, percussion and, of course, great voices... So enjoyable that we booked them again a year later!

    Chris Turner Shadforth Village Hall
  • Not Just Jack is the best band I have ever had the pleasure of shaking a shakey egg to. Always great entertainment and quality music. Worthy of your full attention... and great value too!!

    Andy Wallace

Upcoming events

Below you can find a list of our past and upcoming gigs. If you’re interested to book us, feel free to click RSVP and come and see us play – we’d be very happy to have a chat! Alternatively, you can use the contact form to send your enquiry directly.

Get in touch

You’ve made it this far! Now, all that’s left is to send us a message…

Whether you’re interested in booking Not Just Jack for your event or venue, want to find out more about our music, or if you simply want to have a chat, use the form below to get in touch with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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You can always drop us an email with your enquiry :)

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