“Debut LP – releasing 8th Dec 2022!”

We’ve travelled the passage through mediocrity and now it’s time to crank up the indie rock vibe and hit you with the musical echoes of our sub conscious minds .. once upon a time, the words we share, once upon a time because we care. Something I / we have to say!

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Pyramid Recording Studios, Hurst, Berkshire UK.

Released 8th December 2022. Available on all digital platforms!

Something I Have To Say album cover

Annie Bonnie, Flat Earth Society, Life is Simple, The Race, Courage for Sale, Introspection, Steam Punk, Rosary, Speed Dating, Storytellers

Hit play to hear short 7 second clips of each track with added squiggles!

“Single out now!”

Conspiracy, eccentricity and daring is a heady cocktail. A rollicking indie rock tribute to “Mad” Mike Hughes. Karman line or bust!

Released 25th August 2022. 

“Single out now!”

If Jack Sparrow met Anne Bonny he would be in deep Pirate trouble. Just ask Calico. Indie groove, big fat chorus, take me to the brig and gallows end.

Release 20th October 2022.


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Indie/folk rockers Dandy Man punch out an eclectic mix of fresh original tunes – something different – featuring big guitar choruses and a story behind every song. 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.  Discography includes LP “Something I Have To Say” and EPs “Passage Through Mediocrity”, “Demos” EPs. And finally, check out our “Annie Bonnie” and “Steam Punk” music videos!

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

Local bands, original material .. keeping music live!

Come see us at Blenheim Gardens and Bandstand – 3 to 3.45 pm and/or Variety Show at the Regal Theatre in the evening.

Hometown gig. We love it, they love us, every year we keep coming back for more!

Local solo, duos and bands, original material, keeping music live!

Past Gigs (Highlights)

  • Surrey Steampunk Convivial 2019
  • Hastings Steampunk Weekender – Circus of Curiosities
  • Minehead Victorian Steampunk Festival
  • Readipop Festival 2019
  • Rising Sun Arts Centre – Support for Charlie Harper (UK Subs)
  • Twyford Beer Festival
  • Graham Steel Music Company Rock Week
  • Bracknell Oxjam Music Festival
  • Reading Beer Festival
  • 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
  • Reading, Purple Turtle – Old Purple Whistle Test Sessions

+ countless open mics and showcase sessions

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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

We are open to doing support slots and charity events as well as paid gigs.

Contact us via our social media channels – Facebook, Instagram.