“Passage Through Mediocrity” EP

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Pyramid Studios, UK.

Available on all digital platforms from Friday 3rd April 2020.


Sartorial steampunk styled alternative folk-rockers Dandy Man punch out an eclectic mix of original songs which have ear worm tendencies and a story to tell. Formed back in 2016 by Dan Mortimer and Joan Farnese, Dandy Man are on a musical journey, performing at festivals and showcase sessions – Hastings Circus of Curiosities, Surrey Steampunk Convivial, Enchanted Market, Readipop Festival, Reading Beer Festival, GSMC Rock Week to mention just a few. Coming very soon .. “Passage Through Mediocrity” EP. And if you have not seen it yet, check out our epic “Steam Punk” music video!

Meet the Band

Dan started songwriting four years ago having never thought it possible. The inspiration came from learning the ukulele and spending time with the lovely crowd that is the Reading Ukulele Group. Dan sings and now plays the tenor guitar rather than ukulele. His musical tastes remain eclectic as ever ranging from heavy rock to punk to funk to folk to classical. If it is emotionally exciting or moving then it’s in Dan’s bag. Outside music he has been known to waft a table tennis bat, loves the Yorkshire Dales and has started to develop a penchant for steampunk regalia.

Always a lover of theatre, singing and music, Joan rediscovered her joy of playing music with others a few years ago at RUG, through that met Dan and the rest is Dandy Man history. She loves all animals and her husband, not necessarily in that order, and is under therapy for her UAS (ukulele acquisition syndrome). ‘If someone had told me that in my 50’s I would be playing a rock(?) band I would’ve said they were mad!’……

Stewart’s first love is the acoustic guitar but playing the cajon has become a close second. He is also a songwriter who has performed solo and is a founding member of country / folk band – “Dreamsellers”.

Rick plays guitar, piano, writes and performs his own songs. But for Dandy Man, Rick is our bass player and resident dude. Enough said!

Drummer Dave (because all drummers are called Dave??) joined the band at the start of 2019. He learnt his trade performing for funk band (Not Souled Out) and as a cajon player for ukulele group – Small Strings. Dave is also a fan of steampunk and fits the Dandy Man mould perfectly.

Live Dates

Acoustic set – just Dan and Joan at the Jolly Anglers, Kennet Side, Reading – to support a great cause.
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We love this event! It is indeed splendid. Experience a steampunk gathering in all its finery and hear some tunes from us.
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Past Gigs (Highlights)

  • Surrey Steampunk Convivial 2019
  • Hastings Steampunk Weekender – Circus of Curiosities 2019
  • Readipop Festival 2019
  • Rising Sun Arts Centre – Support for Charlie Harper (UK Subs)
  • Twyford Beer Festival 2018 and 2019
  • Graham Steel Music Company Rock Week
  • Bracknell Oxjam Music Festival
  • Reading Beer Festival 2018
  • Ukulele and Spring Festivals,  Old Court, Windsor
  • Enchanted Market, Bracknell
  • Friday Night at the Global Cafe (RISC)
  • Reading, Saturday Night at the Rose and Crown, Sandhurst
  • Friday Night at the Dukes Head, Wokingham
  • Music Sunday – Cellar Bar, South Hill Arts Centre, Bracknell

+ countless open mics and showcase sessions

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Our Music

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Recorded at Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, February 2019

Sound recorded and mixed by Roger Jeynes, video directed and produced by Rob Kelly – Charborough Media, Ascot, England

Recorded at Pirate Studios in Reading.

Recorded by Jeanette Macklin at Hastings Circus of Curiosities Steampunk Weekender 2019.

Hiring Dandy Man

Our line-up:

Dan Mortimer
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

Joan Farnese
Vocals, Ukulele

Rick Sinfield
Bass Guitar

Stewart Campbell
Lead Guitar

Dave Edwards
Drums or Cajon

The Dandy Man live sound is without synth and other incidental instrumentation you hear on studio recordings.
If required we can strip down the sound (e.g. cajon rather than drums) to fit with an acoustic style stage / setting. Contact us via our social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter