Feb 12, 2024

Folk musician Tom Neilson to present satire through music at UU Fellowship in February

Posted Feb 12, 2024 3:16 PM
Tom Neilson
Tom Neilson


Folk musician Tom Neilson will present his satire and social commentary through music on Friday, February 16, at 7 p.m., at Salina's Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 901 Beatrice St.

Suggested donation is $15-20.  For info contact 785-201-2780.

Neilson is a storyteller who weaves an autobiographical sketch of songs and stories that are both historical and contemporary. He begins with his dairy farm roots and proceeds to the Vietnam War, civil rights, liberation struggles, unions, pipelines, censorship, Raytheon, breastfeeding, oligarchy, parenting, sexuality, humanism, lost loves and whatever else there is time for.  Tom will tell you he is just a farm boy with a guitar who likes a good ball game and human rights.

His work has resulted in over 30 awards, to include two Song Of The Year Awards from Independent Musicians; two CD of the Year awards from Just Plain Folks International and a 2015 nomination for the United Nations Nelson Mandela Award for lifetime achievement in peace and justice.

In 2017 he received the Arab American Women Association Award for his human rights work through performance art for Palestine.A member of AFM Local 1000, he has performed his music in 22 countries on five continents. As his 100-year-old mother says, he is “predictably unpredictable.”Michael Stock of WLRN, Miami, FL says “Tom does a great job of reminding people of what is really important and the power of folk music to say it.

Says another reviewer, “He is light, warm, funny, compassion-filled, heart-felt LIFE just pouring out of a guitar with a sharp wit, a seasoned experience, and a big fat uncompromising bunch of truth behind it. He's the kind of sweet & playful that we need.”Performing with him is his wife and accomplice, Lynn Waldron, who provides harmonies and lyric cues. They live in Greenfield, MA.

This article was originally posted on 01.14.2024