Tom 'Tommy' Gardner joined Danny Quinn in 1998 to form The Uncle Brothers after co-writing several tracks on Danny's "Don't Miss The Boat" CD for children. He has been a singer-songwriter for many years but really found his niche after The Uncle Brothers were born, writing dozens of songs both with Danny and solo.
Tom began singing and writing children's music when his own kids (he has three) were in elementary school. This led to many great song ideas and to the beginning of his classroom workshops for creative song and lyric writing. His song, "Rainbow" (Two Big Kids) won the KidSing 2001 songwriting contest (grand prize) and his other songs ("I Can", "When We're Happy We Laugh") won honorable mention in the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting contest.
Tom also performs for younger children (preschool to about 7 years old). His solo CD for younger children, "My Candy Tree", was released on Blackwater Records in 2003 and won the 2004 Parents Choice Award, Recommended. His next CD was for kids of all ages, "Kangaroo Waffles", which is already received critical acclaim by the press, teachers, and parents. His most recent Cd, "Lobster Conga" is already becoming a family favorite.
He is in the studio now recording his forth kids cd, "Dizzy Chicken".
Tom has appeared on WFUD, WRCR, WLIR, Rockland World Radio, and several local TV appearances.
Since the passing of his founding partner Danny Quinn in 2014, Tommy continues to keep the spirit of his music alive with his fun, upbeat, and interactive shows in preschools, elementary schools (Stand Up To Bullying, Positive Choices, Reading, Fun with Health & Fitness, holiday shows, and more), libraries, town summer concerts, camps, private parties, and more.
Performances available as a solo, duo, or trio to fit any budget
Recently, Tommy ventured into the world of adult music with a duo/trio called The Hooley Shooters, performing fun, lively Irish and American pub favorites in libraries, pubs/restaurants, private and corporate events, and, of course St. Patrick's Day and other Irish affairs. The unique feature of these two bands is that they use the same talented musicians, Axel Belohoubek, Barry Wiesenfeld, and others.