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The musical vehicle for singer/songwriter Ian Passey...


Regularly championed by BBC 6 Music and famed for withering social critique, The Humdrum Express breezily delivers offbeat observation, social commentary and sharp wit; fused with familiar cultural references, surreal characters and subtle puns.

Solo gigs mix high-tempo, wordy acoustic folk with acerbic poems and irreverent chat.

Full band shows are an exhilarating blend of swirling indie clatter, Oxfam mod and sardonic punk-pop cabaret!


"Brilliant, observationally...

part of me just wants to stand up and applaud"


- Steve Lamacq

"The Humdrum Express (singer/songwriter Ian Passey) continues to document the quirks of modern times in a unique and infectious manner" 

- Rhythm & Booze

Festival At Home, Cryptic Self Pity, Double Edged Swords, Copy Cats, Leopard Print Onesie, E-Petition, Online Beer Club, Motivational Wall Art and Denim In The Dugout have all been championed by Steve Lamacq on his 6 Music drive time show.


Previous gigs include dates with John Cooper Clarke, Bob Mould, Ian McCulloch, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Wedding Present, Hugh Cornwell and Miles Hunt.


Ian performed his first live BBC 6 Music session on 30th Jan 2019.


"The missing link between Billy Bragg and Half Man Half Biscuit"


- Attila The Stockbroker

"A new cure for insomnia that's more than just a myth
Audio books by former Arsenal striker Alan Smith"