Joseph Gillis

Why book Joseph Gillis?

I perform classic and new covers from rock, folk, mountain and pop and have dozens of original songs. I will professionally deliver excellent vocals with guitar accompaniment for your event. If you prefer all cover songs, or all original songs, there will be no problems. All original songs have been road tested. Currently, my show consists of myself, a microphone, a hollow-body electric guitar and a public address system. Updated February 25, 2013 by Joe.


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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates


Without particular direction, individuals in attendance are treated to songs from the most popular artists that are well-known but which are not part of setlists being performed by most artists in most venues. An example would be Van Morrison. Brown Eyed Girl is part of so many setlists, but I choose to bring Into the Mystic and other classic Van Morrison songs instead. Audiences often dance and sometimes, you can hear a pin drop folk get to listening, and sometimes, the music is drowned out by roaring laughter or the applause of great news from the emcee. its all good. Please feel free to book Joe Gillis or contact Joe for more details.

Additional Booking Notes

I have my own public address system, I also have all the gear I need to perform, no renting or borrowing. I also have dependable transportation and I am a professional, which means I behave as a professional. I only need the little page lights I have for my lyrics and sheet music, so if you would prefer lighting, you'll have to either set it up or arrange it with me somehow, I am open. I only require one outlet, I only plug in an amp, a very small mixing board and the PA - all which goes through my extension cord.The PA is powerful, a 550 watt Behringer. I only use it for vocals.

Joseph Gillis

Primarily, I perform on electric guitar and sing covers and original music. The artists are listed in a setlist here on Gig Salad. I have many song choices from Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Guided By Voices. Mountain music by Hazel Dickens, Bill Munroe, and Doc Watson and dozens of others can be performed on tenor banjo or on the guitar. Folk music by John Prine, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Elizabeth Cotton and blues tunes by The Allman Brothers and Odetta are included in the setlist. Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton and Chris Isaacs are a few pop artists whose songs I cover. When you play hundreds of songs, its hard thinking of what to play, so I have a songbook with a couple hundred songs I perform best. I have a very powerful single PA speaker and mixing board that I use with a professional Shure microphone for vocals and perform on the guitar through a beautiful sounding Fender tube amp. This is your event. I want you to know what to expect. I also want to know what you'd prefer. I aspire to be unpretentious, so typically, I perform in street clothes. No hat, no tie, no makeup. I do not regularly dress to be the best-dressed person in the room, so typically, i do not try that when I am on stage. However, this being your event or at your venue, i can dress as well as you prefer and if I cannot wear something preferred, it will be made clear before being booked, so there are no surprises for you. I am not the boss if you hire me for your event. Well, I am the boss of me to the extent that i show up on time, perform my very best, and exit spotlessly, but booking me is not your taking on of another to do list. As a professional, you can count on me being part of the team making your event or the evening at your venue, a success in every way imaginable.

Set List

I perform over 115 covers and maybe 3 dozen originals. I will not perform an original if that is what you prefer, no problem at all.
Allman Brothers - Dreams --
Hoyt Axton - Snowblind Friend --
The Band - Long Black Veil --
The Band - Wheels on Fire --
The Band - Tears of Rage --
The Beatles - Girl --
The Beatles - I'll Follow the Sun --
The Beatles - Glass Onion --
The Beatles - In My Life --
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville --
JJ Cale - Call Me the Breeze --
JJ Cale - Cajun Moon --
Tennessee Ernie Ford - Dark as a Dungeon --
The Clash - Guns of Brixton --
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight --
Cheech and Chong - Up in Smoke --
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come --
CCR - Portersville --
CCR - Lodi --
Sam Cooke - Change Gonna Come --
Elizabeth Cotton - Ain't No Lie --
Hazel Dickens - Mannington Mine --
Hazel Dickens - Don't Put Her Down --
Donovan - Season of the Witch --
Donovan - Sunshine Superman --
Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna --
Bob Dylan - She's an Artist --
Bob Dylan - The Man in Me --
Bob Dylan - High Water for Charlie Patton --
Bob Dylan - Shelter from the Storm --
Bob Dylan - Simple Twist of Fate --
Bob Dylan - I Shall Be Released --
Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice its Alright --
Bob Dylan - Mississippi --
Bob Dylan - Foot of Pride --
Bob Dylan - In the Summertime --
Elton John - Rocketman --
Elton John - Daniel --
The Flatlanders - Bhagavan Decree --
The Flatlanders - Julia --
The Flatlanders - Dallas --
Fleetwood Mac - Hypnotized --
Funkadelic - Can You Get to That? --
The Grateful Dead - I Know You Rider --
The Grateful Dead - Dark Hollow --
The Grateful Dead - He Was a Friend of Mine --
The Grateful Dead - Comes a Time --
Jerry Garcia - Catfish John --
The Grateful Dead - Comes a Time --
The Grateful Dead - High Time --
The Grateful Dead - Standing on the Moon --
The Grateful Dead - Ripple --
The Grateful Dead - Black Peter --
Guided By Voices - Hold on Hope --
Guided By Voices - Bright Paper Werewolves --
Guided By Voices - Melted Pat --
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game --
Terry Jacks - Concrete Sea --
Waylon Jennings - Because You Asked Me Too --
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says --
Kraftwerk, The Robots --
LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations --
John Lennon - Jealous Guy --
John Lennon - Watchin' the Wheels --
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Ballad of Curtis Lowe --
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds --
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry --
Bob Marley - Redemption Song --
Meat Puppets - Backwater --
Meat Puppets - Lake of Fire --
Bill Monroe - In the Pines --
Van Morrison - And It Stoned Me --
Van Morrison - Into the Mystic --
New Riders of the Purple Sage - Lonesome L. A. Cowboy --
Odetta - The Gallows Pole --
Tom Petty - Into the Great Wide Open --
Tom Petty - Won't Back Down --
Tom Petty - Learning to Fly --
Pink Floyd - San Tropez --
Pink Floyd - Breathe-Time-Breathe --
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here --
Pink Floyd - Bike --
Pink Floyd - See Emily Play --
Pink Floyd - Fearless --
Pink Floyd - Pigs --
John Prine - Paradise --
John Prine - Angel from Montgomery --
John Prine - Hello in There --
Prince - Nothing Compares 2 U --
The Ramones - I Just Wanna Have Something to Do --
The Ramones - I Wanna Live --
Keith Richards - Locked Away --
The Rolling Stones - Backstreet Girl --
The Rolling Stones - Sweet Virginia --
The Rolling Stones - Sittin' on a Fence --
Bob Seger - Sunspot Baby --
Small Faces - Itchycoo Park --
Simon and Garfunkel - America --
Steppenwolf - Tenderness --
George Strait - Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind --
Talking Heads - Naive Melody --
Peter Tosh - Stop that Train --
Traffic - Feelin' Alright --
Allen Toussaint - I'll Take a Melody --
Allen Toussaint - Sittin' Here in Limbo --
The Velvet Underground - All Tomorrow's Parties --
The Velvet Underground - Sweet Nothin --
The Velvet Underground - Who Loves the Sun --
The Velvet Underground - Cool it Down --
The Velvet Underground - Waitin for the Man --
Hank Williams - Mansion on a Hill --
Townes Van Zandt - Cocaine --
Townes Van Zandt - Waitin' Around to Die --
Tom Waits - Downtown Train --
Tom Waits - Tom Traubert's Blues --
Tom Waits - Time --
Doc Watson - Spikedriver's Blues --
Neil Young - Out on the Weekend --
Neil Young - Harvest --
Neil Young - Wonderin' --
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night --
Neil Young - Long May You Run --
Warren Zevon - Carmelita --
Warren Zevon - Mutineer

Influences & Inspiration

John Prine influences my stage presence as did the late Jerry Garcia. A good late friend influences my music often by having always asked "Why play it if you don't mean it". RIP Rick. Brian, a great friend influences me daily having asked so often of what ever song i am performing, "You love that song, don't you?" The first painting i ever painted brought out of me a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment that influences my music always. My mother's love, and that of Jesus, influences me to be the best person I can be, which informs my professional demeanor.

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Joseph Gillis to find out what their setup requirements are.

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