Sartorial alt-folk steampunk 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, continually performing at festivals, showcase sessions and open mics in Reading, Bracknell and surrounding area. To date, they have released one home-cooked album, a studio recorded EP and the 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”.
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.
Join Graham Steel for an annual celebration of some of the great new music that is emerging, featuring three heats (9th, 10th, 11th January) with the winner of each heat and the overall runner up going through to the Final (18th January) at The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell. Bands so far confirmed include Hester and the Heathens, End of Year Disco, Helta Skelta, Dandy Man, Skoria, Rise of the Machine, Nerve Endings, Broken Device, Dead Men, Skinny Bob & Halvar. We are grateful to Charborough Media who will be supplying the prize of studio time, a video and photo shoot. Doors open each night at 7.30pm and tickets are £5.00 in advance and £7.00 on the door.
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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Hiring Dandy Man
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Vocals, Ukulele, Flute
(if venue / stage can take a drum kit)
The Dandy Man live sound is without synth and other incidental instrumentation you hear on the EP.
If required we can strip down the sound (e.g. cajon rather than drums) to fit with an acoustic style stage / setting.