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For presenters

Here are some useful tools for anyone planning to work with The Problematics. If you need something that we have not included here, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Download a PDF presskit (coming shortly).


Play our demo track or listen to live recordings from one of our concerts.


Click on an image to view and download a high-resolution photo.


Click on the image below to download an 11 x 17, print-quality poster to which you can add your own details (PDF, 2.7MB).


Please let us know if your venue or festival will supply sound; The Problematics can supply a sound system for use in most smaller venues. If you require us to provide equipment for a larger space or event, we would be happy to send you a quote. Drummer can be added as needed.

System: BOSE L1.

Microphones: Shure Beta 57A (Mike), Shure Beta 57A(Lorraine).

Amplification: (Lorraine) Fender (bass head,generic cabinet); (Mike) VOX AC30C2, Roland 360 Cube, Acoustimax (pre-amp), Korg effects box (6 DOD guitar effects pedals).

Instrumentation: (Lorraine) Fender Mustang bass, Fender Precision bass, Acoustic double bass (maker unknown), Stewart McDonald mandolin (A-style), miscellaneous percussion (4 drum conga set, various hand percussion); (Mike) Fender Stratocaster/black, Fender Stratocaster/white, Gibson ES-335, Tradition S-200 Goldtop, Epiphone Les Paul Special II, Danelectro DC-59 Reissue, Airline DX-44, Regal resonator guitar, Morgan Monroe Rocky Top/F-style mandolin, Kieran Maloney/A-style mandolin, Trinity College octave mandolin, Takamine (G-406S-LH) acoustic guitar, Martin D-18 acoustic guitar.

Additional equipment (to be rented or provided by presenter) for in-house/festival sound systems: two junction boxes to accommodate electric and acoustic instruments.

Stageplot: Viewed from audience, Lorraine left, Mike right.

The Problematics are happy to take special requests and can prepare music specifically for your event.


A Well Respected Man – The Kinks
All For Me Grog – Traditional Celtic
Ain’t Got You/I Got Everything I need – The Blues Brothers
Any Old Time – Jimmy Rogers
Anyone Who Had a Heart – Dusty Springfield
Authority Song – John Mellencamp


Baby I Need Your Lovin – Johnny Rivers
Bagel Blues – Michael Messitt
Banana Republics – Jimmy Buffett
Banks Of Newfoundland – Stan Rogers
Be My Baby – Ronettes
Biloxi – Jesse Winchester
Black Velvet Band – Traditional Celtic
Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt
Boat Drinks – Jimmy Buffett
Born On The Bayou – CCR
Brandy – Looking Glass
Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
Bye Bye Baby  – Martha Wells


Canned Music – Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks
Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat – Herman’s Hermit’s
Can’t You See That She’s Mine – Dave Clark Five
Cherry Cherry– Neil Diamond
Crescent City – Lucinda Williams
Comes a Time – Neil Young
Crazy Man Michael – Traditional Celtic
Come a Little Bit Closer – Jay & The Americans
Come Monday – J. Buffet 
Come See About Me – The Supremes
Comes A Time – Neil Young
Cheeseburger in Paradise –J. Buffet
Crying  – Roy Orbison 


Day Tripper – The Beatles
Dimming Of The Day – Richard Thompson
Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
Do You Believe In Magic – The Lovin Spoonful
Do You Know What I Mean –L ee Michaels
Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis
Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Cryin – Gerry/Pacemakers
Drive My Car – The Beatles
Dukes’ Mood – Ellington


Eight Days a Week – The Beatles


Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
Ferry Across the Mersey – Gerry and the Pacemakers
Fever – Peggy Lee
Fields of Athenry – Bobby Sands
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
First Look – Jimmy Buffett
For What It’s Worth/ Season Of Witch/Feelin Alright – S. Stills
From Me To You – The Beatles
Full Circle – Gene Clark


Girl From Ipanema – Getz/Gilberto
Give One Love – Orleans
Glad All Over – Dave Clark Five


Happy Together – The Turtles
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Help Me Rhonda – Beach Boys
Here Without You – The Byrds
Honey Don’t – The Beatles
How Can I Miss You – Dan Hicks
How Come My Dog Don’t Bark When You Come Round – Dr. John
Hurts So Bad – Little Anthony


I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
I Go To Pieces – Peter and Gordon
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline
I Just Wanna Make Love To You – Muddy Waters
I Knew I’d Want You – Gene Clark
I Need You – Beatles
I Only Wanna Be With You – Dusty Springfield
I Scare Myself – Dan Hicks
I Want Candy/Not Fade Away – The Strangeloves/B. Holly
I’m Still In Love With You – D. Robillard
In My Room – Beach Boys
In Spite Of Ourselves – John Prine
Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
Israelites – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
I’ve Just Seen A Face – The Beatles
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
I’m Tired – Blazing Saddles – Mel Brooks
I Need You – Beatles
It Ain’t Me Babe – Turtles/B. Dylan
It’s All Over Now – Bobby Womack
It’s My Party – Leslie Gore



Johnny Jump Up – Gaelic Storm
Johnny Tarr – Gaelic Storm
Jolene – Dolly Parton
John Barleycorn – Traffic


Keep Me In Your Heart – Warren Zevon


Lipstick, Powder and Paint – Big Joe Turner
Look out for my Love – Neil Young
Louise – Paul Siebel
Love From Me To You – The Beatles
Love Me Like A Man – Bonnie Raitt
Livin it Down – Delbert McClinton 


Mad Mission – Patti Griffin
Maid on The Shore – Stan Rogers
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Me & Bobby McGee – Kris Kristofferson
Mercy Mercy – Dave Covay
Mermaid Song – Michael Messitt
Mick Ryan’s Lament – Tim O’Brien
Milkshake Mama – Dan Hicks
Moondance – Van Morrison
Morning Blues – Traditional Blues
My Girl – Temptations


Nashville Cats – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Nautical Wheelers – Jimmy Buffet 
Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues


Ode to Billy Joe – Bobbie Gentry
One After 9 0 9 – The Beatles
Oh Suzie Q – CCR


Peel Me A Grape – Diana Schorr
Please Please me – The Beatles
Poppa Come Quick – Bonnie Raitt
Poor Side of Town – Johnny Rivers
Pink Cadillac – Springsteen
Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffet


R.O.C.K. in the USA – Mellencamp
Rain – The Beatles
Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash


Santa Baby – Joan Javits
Sealed with a Kiss – Bryan Hyland
Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers
Seventh Son – Johnny Rivers
She Belongs To Me – Bob Dylan
She Cried – Jay & the Americans
She Just Wants To Dance – Keb Mo
Since I Fell For You – Lenny Welch
Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Slip Sliding Away – Paul Simon
Smooth Operator – Sade
South City Midnight Lady – Doobie Brothers
Streets Of London – Ralph McTell
Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 
Summer Song – Chad and Jeremy
Surfer Girl – Beach Boys
Suzie Q/Born on the Bayou- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Spooky – Classics Four
Stormy Monday – T Bone Walker
Stuck in the Middle With You – Steeler’s Wheel



Take Me To The River – Al Green
Tell Me Why – Neil Young
Tequila Sunrise – The Eagles
That’s My Number 54-46 – Toots & The Maytalls
That’s What I Like About You – The Romantics
The Authority Song – John Mellencamp
The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
The Road That Never Ends – Kealii Reichel
These Boots Are Made For Walkin – Nancy Sinatra
Things We’ve Said Today – The Beatles
This Diamond Ring – Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Thrill is Gone – B.B. King
Teach Your Children Well – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
To Love Somebody – Bee Gees
To Sir, With Love – LuLu



Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
Unchain My Heart – Ray Charles
Up On The Roof – The Drifters


Volcano – Jimmy Buffet


Walkin One & Only – Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights – Freddie Fender
When You Walk – The Searchers
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Wicked Game – Chris Isaac
Woman Be Wise – Sippie Wallace
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Wild Rover – Traditional Celtic
What Do You Do When It Quits Being New – Lyle Lovett
Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival


You Really Got a Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles

…plus Holiday/Christmas classics ….and Traditional Celtic/Irish classics