Matt Semmens

“Born on the same day as the legendary Tom Jones, Dave Navarro and Prince…… Matt Semmens was simply born to entertain.” He has been caressing the ears of Novocastrians for the past 15 years with his dynamic performances and renowned for his virtuosic guitar ability. After topping the Hunter in his HSC, Matt headed straight to University and completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Newcastle Conservatorium. Whilst there he was given the opportunity to study with renowned teacher John Mills at the Welsh College of Music in Cardiff, Wales. Due to a solid background in music Matt is able to perform numerous musical styles including Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop. Matt Semmens has performed with many groups and ensembles over the years including Gosford Philharmonic String Ensemble, classical concerts, Catalina Jazz Band, Elephant Funk (jazz), local cover bands Scoota Boi, Quaan, Spook, Dynamite, Transit, Freestar and currently performs in his band FUNKY MUNKY. Well suited for all events Matt’s comical personality will have your ribs hurtin’ and your bootie shakin’. For all occasions Matt is the man!

Sample Song List

Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Nirvana – About A Girl
Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
Free – Alright Now
Chris Isaaks – Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
The Screaming Jets – Better
Pearl Jam – Black
Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
John Mayer – Bold As Love
Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Blues Brothers – Can’t Turn You Loose
Paul Kelly – Change Your Mind

Dana Lyons – Cows With Guns
Gnarles Barkley – Crazy
Radiohead – Creep
Mastodon – Curl Of The Burl
The Monkees – Daydream Believer
Cliff Richard – Devil Woman
Faith No More – Digging The Grave
They Might Be Giants – Doctor Worm
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
Incubus – Drive
Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls – Dumb Things
Faith No More – Epic
Jeff Buckley – Eternal Life
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
Foo Fighters – Everlong
Blues Brothers – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Kings Of Leon – Fans
Jimi Hendrix – Fire
Kings Of Leon – Four Kicks
Jimi Hendrix – Foxey Lady
John Cafferty – Garden Of Eden
The Beatles – Get Back
Primus – Golden Boy
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Counting Crowes – Hard To Handle
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Gotye – Hearts A Mess
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I Could Have Lied
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
Crowded House – It’s Only Natural
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
The Georgia Satellites – Keep Your Hands To Yourself
3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
ZZ Top – La Grange
Eric Clapton – Layla
Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
The Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division
Living Colour – Love Rears Up
Alice In Chains – Man In The Box
Josh Pyke – Middle Of The Hill
Alice In Chains – No Excuses
Pearl Jam – Nothing Man
Alice In Chains – Nutshell
Powderfinger – On My Mind (Swingin’)
Powderfinger – Passenger
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind
The Doors – Riders On The Strom
Led Zeppelin – Rock And Roll
Alice In Chains – Rooster
Johnny Cash – Rusty Cage
Sublime – Santeria
Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing
Fuel – Shimmer
Collective Soul – Shine
Birds Of Tokyo – Silhouettic
Carlos Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) – Smooth
Thirsty Merc – Someday, Someday
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul To Squeeze
Soundgarden – Spoonman
Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Suzie Q
Kings Of Leon – The Bucket
The Wombats – Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)
John Boutte – Treme Song
John Williamson – True Blue
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
The Church – Under The Milky Way
Stone Temple Pilots – Vasoline
Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child
Lanie Lane – What Do I Do
4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
Chris Isaaks – Wicked Game
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Oasis – Wonderwall
Alice In Chains – Would?
Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter
John Butler Trio – Zebra

Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance
American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
George Michael – Faith
Arrested Development – Everyday People
Beyonce – Single Ladies
Lynard Skynard – Sweet Home Alabama
AC/DC – Back in Black (Funky)
Reef – Place Your Hands
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Australian Crawl – Boys Light Up
Stevie Wonder – Superstitious
Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Ben Harper – Steal My Kisses
The Rolling Stones – Miss You
Flight Of The Concords – Business Times
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running
Inxs – New Sensation
Elvis Presley – A Little Less Conversation
Jackson 5 – Blame It On The Boogie
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Prince – Cream
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
The Commodores – Brick House
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Roller Coaster Of Love
Wild Cherry – Funky Music
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Prince – Kiss
Hot Chocolate – I Believe In Miracles
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Muse – Can’t Take My EYes Off Of You
Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You
Bob Sinclair – Love Generation
Quincy Jones – Peter Gunn
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
CAKE – Short Skirt / Long Jacket
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Pseudo Echo – Funky Town
Art Vs Science – Flippers
Spiderbait – Black Betty
Dukes Of Windsor – The Others
Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Chic – Le Freak
Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
Cee Lo Green – F@#K You
Rhianna – We Found Love
Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Steelers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle
James Brown – I Feel Good
Creedance Clearwater – Proud Mary
Poison – Nothing But A Good Time
Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Sneaky Sound System – U.F.O.
Body Rockers – I Like The Way You Move
The Presets – Talk Like That
Inxs – Pretty Vegas
Alt & The Lost Civilization – Tequilla
The Surfaris – Wipe Out
Kiss – Rock N Roll All Night
Kiss – I Was Made For Loving You
Inxs – Don’t Change
The Killers – Mr Bright Side
Blink 182 – All The Small Things
Pseudo Echo – Whip It
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love
Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
Blues Brothers – Shake Your Tail Feather
The Monkees – I’m A Believer

Axiom – A Little Ray Of Sunshine
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
Bryan Adams – Back To You
John Lennon – Beautiful Boy
Daniel Boone – Beautiful Sunday
Gene Vincent – Be-Bop-Ba-LuLa
Jack Johnson – Better Together
John Butler Trio – Better Than
John Butler Trio – Betterman
The Beatles – Blackbird
Jimi Hendrix – Bold As Love
Colbie Caillit – Bubbly
Powderfinger – Burn Your Name
John Denver – Country Roads
Michael Buble – Crazy Love
Bobby Mcferrin – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Sting – Englishman In New York
Jeff Buckley – Everybody Here Wants You
Michael Buble – Everything
Crowded House – Fall At Your Feet
Sting – Fields Of Gold
Bright EYes – First Day Of My Life
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
Jack Johnson – From The Clouds
Steve Earle – Galway Girl
Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love
Dan Sultan – Goddess Love
John Mayer – Gravity
John Butler – Groovin’ Slowly
The Wedding Singer – Grow Old With You
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
The Travelling Wilbury’s – Handle With Care
Mel Tormé – Happy Together
Grinspoon – Hard Act To Follow
Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Radiohead – High And Dry
UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You
The Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
The Parliaments – I Wanna Testify
The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand
James Morrison – I Won’t Let You Go
Foster The People – I Would Do Anything For You
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
1927 – If I Could
Newton Faulkner – If This Is It
Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Bob Marley – Is This Love
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Madness – It Must Be Love
Nizlopi – JCB Song
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Old Man River – LA
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
John Denver – Leaving On A Jet Plane
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Lenny
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Jose Feliciano – Light My Fire
The Pogues – Love You Till The End
The Doors – Love Me Two Times
Paolo Nutini – Loving You
Keith Urban – Making Memories Of Us
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Diesel – Masterplan
Extreme – More Than Words
U2 – Mysterious Ways
Inxs – Never Tear Us Apart
The Shins – New Slang
Kings of Leon – On Call
Old 97’s – Question
Dire Straits – Romeo And Juliet
Johnny Cash – Rose Of My Heart
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Sara Smile
Jeff Buckley – Satisfied Mind
Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
Josh Pyke – Sew My Name
Ben Harper – Sexual Healing
ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
Jack Johnson – Sitting, Waiting, Wishing
Dave Dobbyn – Slice Of Heaven
John Mayer – Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
Uncle Kracker – Smile
The Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
Chris de Burgh – So Beautiful
John Legend – So High
Joss Stone – Some Kind Of Wonderful
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Somebody To Love Me
The Starting Line – Something Left To Give
John Mayer – Sucker
Roy Orbinson – Sweet Dreams Baby
Jack Johnson – Taylor
Cold Play – The Hardest Part
Jack Johnson – The Horizon Has Been Defeated
Paramore – The Only Exception
Brad Paisley – Then
Hunters & Collectors – Throw Your Arms Around Me
Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Diesel – Tip Of My Toungue
Diamond Rio – Unbelievable
King Of Leon – Use_Somebody
Blue Juice – Video Games
John Mayer – Waiting On The World To Change
Gary Moore – Walking By Myself
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – What A Wonderful World / Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Cat Stevens – Wild World
The Whitlams – Winter Lovin’
Bernard Fanning – Wish You Well
The Wannadies – You And Me Song
Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Sonia Dada – You Don’t Treat Me No Good No More
Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile

Pearl Jam – Alive
Dragon – April Sun In Cuba
Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Pearl Jam – Betterman
Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Cold Chisel – Khe Sanh
Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock
Hunters And Collectors – Holy Grail
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
Ac/Dc – Long Way To The Top
Van Morrison – Moondance
The Commitments – Mustang Sally
Alice Cooper – Poison
The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
Kings Of Leon – Sex_On_Fire
Blur – Song 2
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Suck My Kiss
Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
Darryl Braithwaite – The Horses
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
John Farnham – You’re The Voice

Jose Feliciano – Affirmation
Joseph Kosma – Autumn Leaves
Diana Krall – Deed I Do
Duke Ellington – Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Elephant Funk – Don’t Hesitate
Elephant Funk – Elephant Funk
Elephant Funk – Flip, Flop, Flap
Hoagy Carmichael – Georgia On My Mind
Elephant Funk – Green Frogs
Elephant Funk – Heavy Water
Isham Jones – It Had To Be You
Elephant Funk – Keep It Up
Elephant Funk – Little Orange Friend
Elephant Funk – Moodswings
Jim Kelly – Mr. Stern
Richard Rogers – My Funny Valentine
Antonio Carlos Jobim – One Note Samba
Duke Ellington – Satin Doll
Elephant Funk – Stones Are Rolling
George Gershwin – Summertime
Billy Strayhorn – Take The “A” Train
Elephant Funk – Undecided
Wes Montgomery – West Coast Blues