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:: Southampton UK Based Artist Touring Worldwide Since 2004 :: 

DJ Selector  /  Percussionist / Singer / Filmmaker / Multimedia Artist / Producer / Lover of Dinosaurs & Good Coffee


This story begins the year 2003, in the city of Southampton, UK. After unknowingly saying "yes" to perform at an 'open record decks' event in Southampton at the age of 19, Tom 'Uplifter' Earwaker brought along some percussion, a small box of Reggae, Dub & Ska LP's and a pair of Walkman headphones read more...

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The Uplifter at La Makhno, Geneva (Switzerland)

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The Uplifter 'Stroud' Record Release Event at Brunel Goods Shed

Brunel Goods Shed, Station Road, Stroud, GL5 3AP

The official public release of The Uplifter 'Stroud' Vinyl + Music Video. Also performing will be the wonderful: * John Street Ska Orchestra Komodo*

ALL AGES SHOW

Ticket price: £7 in advance from SVA // £8 on the door

The Uplifter at The Railway Inn // Winchester

The Railway Inn, 3 St Paul's Hill, Winchester

'DERAILED' is a monthly event taking place at The Railway Inn, Winchester. Organised by poets and artists alike, these events are a welcomed rarity to Winchester's music and arts scene. I myself have been to two 'Derailed' events, both of which were excellent. £5v on the door // First act on at 7:40pm. I'll be on stage at 10pm.

The Uplifter at SVA (UK)

SVA (Stroud Valley Artspace), 4 John Street, Stroud

The Uplifter + Stroud = an exquisite vibe... For many years The Uplifter shows have been received wonderfully at SVA. This special venue for multimedia art can be found in the town of Stroud, nestled in the valley of the Cotswolds. There's a proper fierce vibe when doing shows in Stroud... These shows sell out, advanced tickets advised x Tickets £7 in advance / £8 on the door 3am finish

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The Uplifter at De Barras // Clonakilty (Ireland)

De Barras, 55 Pearse Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

The Uplifter hosts Friday 19th May at West Cork's legendary venue, De Barras... Everyone's played here from Damien Rice to Noel Redding to Christy Moore. Been keen to play on this stage for a while now :)

The Uplifter at The Talking Heads

The Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton

The Uplifter is most at home when on stage at Southampton's premier venue, The Talking Heads. Since doing shows at the original venue 10 years ago, the very special atmosphere has somehow transported to the and improved venue in it's new city central location

All Ages Show

The Uplifter at Mettricks (Guildhall)

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Southampton Cultural Quarter, 1 Guildhall Place, Southampton

// Free Show / All Ages Show \ Tom doesn't drink or smoke... But he does drink a ton of coffee! It makes sense to do a show as close as possible to the coffee machine and crew that make the best coffee in Southampton!

The Uplifter meets The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra

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The Goods Shed, Station Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire

The Uplifter meets Stroud sensations The Mighty John Street Ska Orchestra hot off the heels from their amazing perfomance at WOMAD Festival!

★ Tickets £6 advance from SVA // £8 on the door ★

★ All Ages // Family Friendly // Beautiful Historic Venue Building ★

The Uplifter @ Elementary Didgeridoo Festival

Baskerville Hall Hotel, Clyro Court, Hay-on-Wye

The Uplifter appears at this brilliant festival in the beautiful settings of the Brecon Beacons, Wales. A family-friendly festival that prides itself in bringing the spotlight to the wonder of the didgeridoo as an instrument alongside world music performed by artists across the globe.

Great music, food and atmosphere from this festival's 4th instalment.

For more information visit the festival's website here: http://www.elementarydidgeridoofestival.co.uk/

The Uplifter at The Talking Heads

The Talking Heads, 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton

The Uplifter is back at it's favourite venue!

NEWS FLASH! These shows in 2016 are taking a new tack... Shows in 2016 at the new Talking Heads START AND FINISH EARLIER Which to be honest, we're quite excited about. People who travel to the shows can easily get to the train station before last train (station less than 10 mins walk) and we get to finish the show at a sociable hour rather than leaving at around 6am once we're all packed away :D

So, here are the details:

Show starts - 7:30pm Show finishes - 11:30pm Trains - Southampton Central 10 mins walk

Venue Address: The Talking Heads 16-22 The Polygon Southampton Hampshire SO15 2BN United Kingdom

Tel: 02380 361970

I can't shout from the roof tops enough about the following: 1. The new Talking Heads venue looks and sounds AMAZING 2. The location of the venue is a stones throw away from the train station with ample parking 3. The staff at the venue are PROPER LOVELY :) 4. We genuinely can't wait!

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The Uplifter Blog : Vinyl + Music Video Launch - Won't forget that in a hurry.

January 2018 saw my first fully-self-produced 10" Vinyl come to fruition, alongside a Music Video created by Jake Earwaker Films

It's been a long journey from start to finish with this project, as well as an exciting embarkment into new territories - the learning curve in the studio has been near-vertical. For years I relied on friends to record alongside in the studio and eventually came to realise that the only way to get things done, quicker, and more creatively is to do it myself. The DIY approach…

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The Uplifter Blog : Up on the Roof...

Some people get kicks out of walking up mountains, feel tranquil in nature, feeling the grass beneath their feet... I, on the other hand feel all of those when on the top floor of a multi-storey carpark with a skateboard, my CD Walkman and flat, smooth concrete beneath my feet. I made a video about it a while ago which I will upload in the near future. The photograph above is a screenshot from the video. 

Each to their own :)

In the meanwhile, have a listen to this tune - Sums up my feelings entirely:


 

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The Uplifter Blog : - Helping my brother make a short film...


For months leading up to February 2017, all my brother Jake could think about was making a film that he has written and directed for a university project. This film is called 'Bulldoze' and is about young man's battle with anxiety and depression which manifests itself through the guise of a puppet. A puppet which is part of a collection of hand crafted creations by a good friend of mine, Jonathan Leach who is a very talented illustrator, costume maker, puppeteer and all round lovely guy.

The video is in…

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The Uplifter Blog : Birthdays, Blue Pasta & Brush Factories...


Before you ask, yes... That pasta did make a mess of my snare drum! January... What can I say about January... It kicked of with a sold out Uplifter show at SVA in Stroud. I really don't know how to thank the people of Stroud for the amount they support these show - I think I'm going to write a song for them. It feels like the only way to be able to genuinely show my appreciation for how much they have backed The Uplifter and attended countless shows for nearly 10 years. 

January is the month of my birthday…

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The Uplifter Blog : Travelling to Ireland to celebrate life...


My Grandmother, Mary Wright was born in Ireland in 1926 and had three children, each of which were fiercely creative. And so the cycle of creativity was born and slowly began to work its was through the generations... In december this year Grandma Uplifter passed away at the age of 90 and brought all of our family together to be with her in Ireland to celebrate her life. There really isn't much to say except that it was perfect.

The little town she lived in was all lit up with Christmas lights, the local…

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The Uplifter Blog : Travel Writing...



Creating anything at home whether it be show posters, recording music, writing lyrics etc seems to almost always equate to too many distractions to make anything at all. Perhaps it's just me? The postman's just knocked at the door, the neighbours' just popped round, the cat wants food, 'Ooh, I've not listened to that vinyl yet, let's give it a listen... You know, the usual. 

So I have resorted to combining creating with travelling... In order to get things done. The volume of creative output made in a two…

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The Uplifter Blog : Back to the Post Office


Since posting this video up on The Uplifter Facebook page last week, orders of the last 40 copies of The Uplifter 12" vinyl started to pop up in my email inbox quicker that I could ever have imagined. At the rate it's going this release might just sell-out! Selling out vinyl for some artists might be a regular occurrence but for me this is a first...

A promotional video like this combined with it being light hearted and a lot of fun to make seemed to have done the trick with regards to shifting the last…

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The Uplifter Blog : The Uplifter music now available on all formats including Cassette Tape!



The Uplifter music is now available as a digital download...

Since releasing The Uplifter 12" vinyl in 2013 I decided to finally dive into the realm of online digital downloads... It only took 3 years! The tunes are now available on iTunes, Amazon as well as The Uplifter website shop. Now that the vinyl is close to having sold out it seems like a good time to get the tune up online. I'm a huge fan of physical artefacts... I love all media from tape cassettes to CDs to vinyl and VHS - In fact I was watching…

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The Uplifter Blog : Fishing, Music & Food in Ireland


Fishing, Music & Food...

For as long as I can remember August has always meant one very important thing for all of my family and I... Our annual trip to visit my grandmother in Ireland.


Ireland has always been an extremely significant place for my family and I, particularly amongst those of us who are creative - which is pretty much everyone on my Mother's side. Musicians, painters, photographers... Most of my family are doomed/blessed with knowing only how to make a living through the creative arts. Ireland…

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The Uplifter Blog : Cups of tea and punk rock...


As a teenager I was really into the US and UK 90's Punk Rock/Ska scene - Bands like NOFX, No Use For A Name, Rancid, Pennywise were all firm favourites but one band that for some reason shone highly above the rest were Snuff. My friends and I saw Snuff at countless shows at venues like the Garage in Islington, London Astoria (Tottenham Court Road), ULU (now University College London)... the list goes on. 

There were two things that I connected with as a teenager listening to bands like Snuff: 

1. They didn't…

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