Inspired by the late George Harrison, Tim took up the ukulele and soon teamed up with
, keyboardist for 'The Cars', and ukulele virtuoso. Together Greg and Tim formed 'The Diamond Hearts', and joined the widely eclectic troupe,
Following the release of Gregs' 'The Beatles Uke' CD in November, 2008, Greg Hawkes assembled The Greg Hawkes Ukulele Trio, with Tim on tenor ukulele and Greg Allison on baritone uke. The trio began performing regularly at venues like Johnny Ds and Club Passim.
Tim Mann's original material mixes a heavy dose of 60s British pop (Beatles, Kinks, Rolling Stones) with a pervading undercurrent of American roots rock (Byrds, Dylan, The Band, Neil Young) to form a blend of contemporary nostalgia, in the vein of Tom Petty and Elliott Smith.