This pipeline ain't gonna pass:
"People For A New Society has proudly nominated Tom Neilson, Ed.D for the 2015 Nelson Mandela Award. Tom's work has spanned decades and continents sharing comprehensive and sobering interpretations of sociology and history with an easily digestible and entertaining format designed to inform and inspire..... Peace.

       The UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize recognizes the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity in the promotion of reconciliation and social cohesion, and in community development, guided by the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

D. Petrovich, People For A New Society

- Tom has just been nominated for his third IMA (Independent Music Awards) Song Of The Year for his song about whistleblowing, "It's A Crime    


As a result of being hit on the interstate over a year ago, I lost partial use of my left hand, hence have not worked since April 2014.   For this reason, you see a fairly empty calendar. I have remained busy songwriting (so much material to work with!) and performing at events with sidemen Bruce Colegrove and Ben Grosscup playing guitar while Lynn and I sing.  I was particularly busy producing the recent winter PMN weekend concert.

THE GOOD NEWS: Through multiple therapies, I am feeling the return of motor skill and strength and will be playing guitar as Music Director in the "Voices Of Working People's History" production on May 1. 

And, I am now booking the “BLOWING THE WHISTLE” tour from December 2015 through April 2016. The hand may not come back 100%, but close enough for folk music. I have bookings in NJ, NY, NC, SC, FL, AL, MS, LA, OK, AZ, CA, CO, OH and other states waiting, as I juggle the venues into a sensible route. If you want to book a concert, or other program, (church, school, living room, union hall) now is the time to do it. Please be in touch. Thanks for keeping the music alive! tom


Music for Social Change

“This is very good music. And very good politics.” Tom Paxton

“One of the most savvy songwriters I know.” World Soul Records

“Does a great job of reminding people of what is really important, and the power of folk music to say it.” Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami, FL

Tom and Lynn performing Same Sex Marriage at PMN Winter Gathering 2015

Tom performing Gotta Have TheBalls at Great Labor Arts Exchange 2013 

Tom's new song in video for forest protection against clear-cutting 

Climate Chaos & the Quabbin Woodlands

Tom at Freedom Square

Winner- Kerrville Folk Festival

Winner- South Florida Folk Festival

Winner- IMA People's Choice Song of the Year for Social Action


"Individuals have duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."  Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal 1950