You’ll have already read our interview with Neil Nathan, where we spoke about his latest single, ‘The Folly Of War’. Now we take a deeper dive into the song and video.
With deep roots in the art of storytelling, folk music is so much more than just putting lyrics together with a melody. Rather, the folk song transports the listener to places unknown, and stirs up in their soul visions beyond the reality of here and now. Neil Nathan takes that one step further, and with his storytelling folk songs, such as latest release, ‘The Folly Of War’, he opens up a conversation about topics that even if the listener hadn’t known were important, will be in no doubt about by the end of the track. Nathan sparks discussions on social issues, spirituality, and life lessons, touching the very soul of those who hear his music, inspired by the greats like Cat Stevens and George Harrison, with more recent indie-folk, such as Band of Horses. and Wild Pink.
With the ongoing illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Neil Nathan followed in the protest tradition of Arlo Guthrie, and Bob Dylan, when he wrote his anti-war anthem, ‘The Folly Of War’. The accompanying video makes use of footage and graphics from wars of years past, while the song draws all listeners together, focusing on how we can be united by love, and Nathan’s compelling vocals meshing seamlessly with the uplifting instrumentals. The song and video for ‘The Folly Of War’ were created in part to raise money for World Central Kitchen, in order to provide meals for displaced Ukrainians, and you can also purchase one of the fundraising t-shirts he’s made for the song, available here.