"consummate and gifted performer with a human & compassionate touch...one of the most savvy political songwriters I know."

"Does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it."

"Tom is fabulous; politically cutting-edge, incisive, warm, & very funny. His raucous political satire & social commentary, quick wit, & pointed humor had everyone laughing & engaged."

"People are still talking about Tom's performance, which brought just the right balance of biting political commentary, humor, personal storytelling, and memorable music to our house concert. His songs, his voice, and his guitar wrapped it all up into one great package."

"Neilson brings together some of the finest elements of song & comedy."

"Creative & compelling, he skewers the outrageous behavior of the greedy & powerful in corporations, the media, & government."

"With children he is remarkable for his unusual combination of playfulness, tenderness, and respectful forthrightness. He is 'way cool' and kids know it."

"At AFD's founding convention in San Antonio, he showed the role of music in the political process."

"Sophisticated lyricist, wonderful voice, superb educator."

"Armed with guitars and vocal harmonies, Tom and Mark shoot from the hip on stage."

"great documentation of people's stories and local history."

"Whether singing a rollicking, pure nonsense children's song, a tender love ballad, or a protest song with a sense of urgency, Tom's honest, forthright voice & his solid guitar work are spellbinding."

"entertains and informs about contemporary issues and local problems."

"tells the stories about people's struggles against greed and violence."

"Tom's contemplative and moving critique of the media's manipulation of the news is perceptive, intelligent, and right on. Using a blend of lyrical humor, stark fact, and compelling rhythm, he speaks to all of us who struggle towards truth."

"It would be great to turn on the radio and hear Tom sing the news each day."

"He will teach you about the world you live in."

"Humor, compassion, and outrage in songs about real people's struggles."

" Uncensored political satire that responds to lies and oppression with passion and wit."

Your poetry, juxtaposition of thoughts/words, your musicality and your incredible range are an absolute delight. We loved the concert!

Your generosity for show opener Chris (great)  and Wiley are exemplary. When  Lynn’s voice is added what a treat and wholeness.

Tom is a very much in-demand performer for the environment and his songs tell stories (truthful stories) about activists and whistle blowers and government cover ups, things we know scantly from the news; but thanks to his songs, we see the human side of what happens after the headlines stop. He adds humor, so it's fun believe it or not!


“Tom Neilson is a national treasure.”

His scope, depth and breadth of original, often funny, social issue/justice songs are unparalleled. This has earned him the moniker of (Bard Insurgent) and many songwriting awards including winning @ Kerrville Folk Festival.   Ralph Nader