Stages, Coffeehouses and House Concerts

Stages, Coffeehouses and House Concerts

“His songwriting is exquisite!”Linneman’s River West Inn, Milwaukee


“incisive satire, social commentary, and musical wit” Sidney Kahn, Philadelphia


“Creative & compelling; skewers the outrageous behavior of the greedy & powerful in corporations, the media, & government.” Ray Korona, People’s Voice Café Collective, New York City


“Last night’s concert with award-winning folk musician Tom Neilson finished with a standing ovation as part of a sustained and thunderous applause. The concert was filled with the wit, humor, and poignancy that we have come to expect from him. His stage presence with Lynn Waldron had its characteristic tight harmonies, timing, and playfulness. As always, the show was funny, nourishing, inspiring, thoughtful and at times hilarious as they addressed bombs to breast feeding; corruption to contraception; old loves to hawks and doves.

But last night’s show was uniquely special because as sideman, he had an eleven year old boy named Wylie, playing mandolin. This is another aspect of Tom to be appreciated; a professional musician, sharing the stage and giving the spotlight to a child. Their duets were show stopping; the “old man” and the boy in sync; a professionalism and confidence from Tom’s tutelage; a grandfather’s mentoring and loving glance as they frolicked on Endocrine Disruptor and played beautiful harmonies to the tragedy of Gaza.

Tom and Lynn are a dynamic duo. They are now a terrific trio. You should make every effort to book them.” Lisa Turowsky, Hummingbird Hall


“Probably one of the musical highlights of my entire life,”Nia Maxwell, Fiddlers dream, Phoenix


“Everyone needs a good dose of Tom Neilson.” Shalom Center for Continued Learning


“Avery good spokesperson for environmental concerns and an exceptional songwriter with heart and content.” Norm McDonald, O2’s, Live Oak, FL


"Creative & compelling, he skewers the outrageous behavior of the greedy & powerful in corporations, the media, & the government."Ray Korona, Peoples' Voice Café Collective, NYC


"Just for a couple of hours I felt like I was in San Francisco and not in Valdosta. Beautiful music and lyrics, lots of food for thought and laughter, and presented by two wonderful human beings." audience member, Valdosta, GA


"Sophisticated lyricist, wonderful voice, superb educator."Marie Falbo, Stone Soup Collective, Orlando, FL


"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."Susan Link, Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley, MA


"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."Sarah Underhill, People's Music Network


"Humor, compassion, and outrage in songs about real people's struggles."Java Hut, Sunderland, MA


"Uncensored political satire that responds to lies and oppression with passion and wit."Peter Underdown, The House, Amherst, MA


“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.”Walt Cudnohufsky,


“Tom is an interesting cat. He was great. He's had his boots on the ground (in a peaceful, humanitarian way) and done more in his life than most of us could have in a dozen lifetimes. It is reflected in his songwriting and storytelling. His music serves as a signpost. There was a beautiful vibe at Woodrow St. I felt 'energized' as I walked to my car. Pacifists are an endangered species these days, and ‘Truth is a concept that's just as tough to come by.”Ted Krzyzanowski

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"We have had house concerts with Tom Neilson who, with his amazing stories, left us in tears and then laughing at introductory stories to his songs pointing out the absolute absurdity and criminality of those in charge." Lynn Petrovich, Oakhurst, NJ

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"Thank you for putting facts into poetic music. Makes me feel less alone knowing you and your fans understand what is going on in the environment." Ashley, Pittsburgh, PA

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"Tom sings out with vision, energy and musicianship." Daniel Millstone

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"Your song about "40 Years" was a wonderful listening and thinking experience for me . . . healing, theraputic, lovely experience . . ." Jennie C., Tucson, AZ

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"Tom Neilson's folk music concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville was terrific and inspiring! He has extraordinary songwriting ability and a very pleasant voice without a trace of arrogance. Lynn Waldron is partnered with Tom, and accompanies him with her lovely soprano harmonies. Tom is uproariously funny and irreverent songs were interspersed with poignant, deeply moving ones. Most songs were introduced with equally moving and informative short stories from this master storyteller. Tom gifted us with songs about being in love and songs about a passion for justice." Wendy Geiger, Jacksonville Meeting, FL

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"Powerful lyrics sung with conviction and passion." Allen Johnson, Christians For The Mountains

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"I do not have adequate words to describe how it felt to listen to "Morality": The Garden of Eden "shot all to hell" and saying you are "for peace while you're dropping a bomb" are the iconic word pictures for this time. You are indeed an insurgent troubadour in the best sense." Thank you. Dexter Kamilewicz, ME

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"18 Cows and Gaza are beautiful musically and in how they go right to the core issues. Thank you for doing this work." Alex M. Houston, TX

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"Tom is a very good spokesperson for environmental concerns and an exceptional songwriter with heart and content." Norm MacDonald, Live Oak, FL

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"Tom and Lynn's music, humor and satire are totally unmatched by anyone else I've ever heard!" Sue Murphy Ward, NY