I take a very easy going light hearted approach to teaching and like to base lessons around a students personal interests , aspirations and goals. Very good with beginners and entry level due to running numerous workshops at some of the prestigious ukulele events across the UK.
I have practiced, performed and composed music since an early age and studied music Practice at UCLAN achieving a 2.1. I am very well versed in the Ukulele , guitar and bass and have played at some of the most notable festivals in the world.
Quaintest Show On Earth
Composer / Producer / Performer - Ukulele, Guitar, Vocals (various other types instrumentation)
2013 – Present
Since 2013 QSOE have received acclaim on radio , stage and record by working with diverse groups of musicians and varied instrumentation. Their unpredictable live shows and eclectic influences make for a refreshingly curious act featuring both original material and new takes on classics. The band has also had a great response to its recorded releases with numerous tracks sought after for soundtrack/advertising .
• Ukulele Festival Of Scotland New Performers Finalists
• Perfumers at one of the most popular Ukulele Festivals in Europe - Grand Northern Ukulele Festival ( main stage Lawrence Batley Theatre) also Parbulele (Main Stage), Uke-a-Bay P (Main Stage), Ukulele Festival of Scotland (Main Stage) Ukulele Festival of Wale(Main Stage)
• ‘Twine’ Staff Pick For ' Since She Came Along ( Live Sofar Sounds set from Manchester ) selected from 125,913 other creatives
• Four feature length albums.
• Soundtrack / Advertising contributions.
• Whole song soundtrack / lead vocal / lead acting role contributions to Ordinary World ( 2013 Feature Length Indie Film )
• Soundtrack Contributions To ' The Night and The Liquor Johnboy ‘ Winner of The Audience Choice and the Judge's Choice Awards and starred Ralph Ineson ( The Office , Game of Thrones )
• Provided soundtrack to H&H Classic Car Barn Find : The New Avengers - 1976 John Steed Jaguar advertisement (over 104,000 views) The car went on to sell for £69,440 after an estimate of £10,000-12,000.
• Provided sound track according to specific brief / history of the car for Barn Find | 1964 Jaguar E-Type. Featured promotional video received over 212,000 video views also resulting in most independent downloads and streams of my music from any advertisement i have worked on.
• Provided soundtrack according to specific brief / car history for H&H Classics promotional video for the 1966 Costing Nathan Works Prototype (over 20,000 views), after a successful highly praised advertising campaign the car went on to sell for three times its estimate at over £80,000. Builder and driver of the Le Coupe De France winning car Roger Nathan has also gone to to say he really enjoyed the soundtrack and has been sharing it with his fellow enthusiasts.
• "Tom has provided H&H Classics with exceptional background music that both compliments and enhances our advertisements. He has been known to write material specific to the product, and on every occasion the product has fetched four or five times the predicted financial return. Tom has become affectionately considered our “voice of the barn find” vehicle, with videos featuring his music quickly becoming our most viewed and searched for YouTube videos. We will be certainly utilising his skills in the future for similar advertising campaigns." Reference - H&H Classics Digital Marketing Executive Michael Frost.
• Music submissions requested by The British Library / British Sound Archives.
• Held down successful artist residency in Japan in playing to both local audiences and tourist audiences from all over the world. Tanuki Nozawa - hotel / bar.
9285, Toyosato Nozawa-onsen
Yamanochi-machi Shimotakai-gun, Nagano, Japan
• First locally stocked independent artist in HMV Wigan.
• First ever ' HMV featured Local artist ' Wigan Branch.
Music played on following online platforms
24 7 entertainment
Radio play on following stations
Studio 109 Live & Online
Salford City Radio
Reform Radio Manchester
Northern Quarter Radio
Wigan Indie Radio
SRUK Magazine (national) Scleroderma & Raynauds UK
PHUK (national) Pulmonary Hypertension UK Magazine
Local Life Standish
Local Life Orrell
MK1 - E.C.D - 2009
Leaving Sanity - E.C.D - 2010
Lucid Dreamer - Quaintest Show On Earth - 2013
Das Giddy - The Stetsons Electric - 2013
Mon The Tudor ( Live Album ) - Quaintest Show on Earth - 2014
Delusions of Grandeur - Quaintest Show on Earth - 2015
Day to Day Parade - Quaintest Show on Earth -2017
The Journey Never Ends - Quaintest Show on Earth - 2017
Wax lyrical - Quaintest Show on Earth - 2018
Family and The Places We Used To Call Home - Quaintest Show on Earth - 2019
Day to Day Parade - Quaintest Show on Earth -2020 - HMV Re-issue
Perfect! Tom was very friendly and put me at ease immediately. It was my first lesson and we went through what I wanted to get out of my lessons. Would recommend!
Perfect! I have only just started having lessons with Tom, but so far, so excellent. He is very accommodating and inclusive. Unusually I am taking lessons together with my Dad and Tom managed to cater very well to the slightly different levels. On top of all that he is very personable and the lesson was a fun experience. Looking forward to more.
I've performed with (and called friend) Tom for over a decade, in places as local as my back garden, to as far as the mountains of Nagano, Japan. He is an expert musician, composer, studio and stage artist who is able to teach you everything you need to know from your first attempt to your eventual mastery of the art of music, but also a wonderful personality who will make sure every lesson is engaging and memorable. Wherever you are on your journey, Tom will be able to give you the advice, tuition and motivation you need to succeed.
Tom is a marvellous teacher who always goes the extra mile. He is very adept at ukulele and is a constant source of inspiration. Tom is also super at music composition and production and a good laugh to boot. 11/10
Tom is an outstanding musician that is very patient, reliable and helpful in ever light. His capacity to get along with people of all ages, from every walk of life makes me believe that he would be the perfect teacher for anyone seeking to learn and gain a better insight into the world of the ukulele. I would highly recommend him!
Tom is an expert ukulele player and a brilliant teacher. He’s really patient with his students and has loads of great uke tips and tricks to help you play better. Really talented nice guy
I've known Tom for many years, hes an outstandingly gifted musician and an all round great guy. He's friendly, reliable and I couldn't imagine a more ideal tutor.
Tom is an incredible talent and has a great depth of knowledge in his field. It’s been great to learn ukulele from him, highly recommend
I have seen Tom run uke workshops at all levels and clients really enjoy them. He is an expert player having performed at national uke festivals in Scotland, Wales and England.
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