Uncle Monk is an indie-acoustic duo featuring Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan. Uncle Monk's music is rooted in old-time and bluegrass influences. To this mix they have added unique musical and lyrical textures to create a sound with a new sensibility.
Tommy Ramone began his career as Tom Erdelyi, an engineer at the Record Plant recording studios. In 1974 he, along with Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee Ramone, formed the rock group Ramones and participated in the birth of Punk Rock, and Indie music.
Claudia Tienan, formerly with the group The Simplistics, is a partner with Tommy Ramone in Uncle Monk. Her penetrating lyrics and haunting vocals add facets and dimension to the songs. The music of the two artists complements each other. There is a Yin and Yang sensibility at work, a touch of light and dark, of bitter and sweet. Their critically acclaimed first album is available on Airday Records.