Neia Lively - Traditional and Contemporary Folk Music

Neia Lively has been performing folk and traditional music since the 1970’s. Drawn to music from the United States and the British Isles, she sings a cappella or accompanies herself on guitar, banjo, and ukulele. Her influences include the “high and lonesome sound” of the music of the Appalachian Mountains and the work of singer/songwriters who paint vivid pictures of ordinary people’s lives.

Early in her career as a special educator, Neia played children’s songs in a variety of venues. Moving on to music for adults, she played at PeopleArt Coffeehouse in its early days on Lexington Avenue and performed for Buffalo Friends of Folk Music. In Charlottesville, Virginia she appeared at the Prism Coffeehouse and in Urbana, Illinois she sang at the Red Herring.

For many years she was a guitarist and vocalist in a contradance band in Texas, Squirrelheads in Gravy, along with twin fiddles, banjo, and upright bass.

Neia returned to her hometown of Buffalo in 2018 and is thrilled to be back. In addition to her solo work, she performs in the trio Ol’ Paint with Phil Knoerzer and Tom Naples. From 2023 to 2024, she was in The 198 String Band that played historical music in Buffalo and New York City. She also played in The Lively Fish throughout that time in the greater Buffalo area.

Neia presents her songs with a rich, strong contralto voice while exploring a wide range of topics pertaining to life’s struggles and joys. Audiences find her concerts to be unique and engaging.

Upcoming Gigs

Third Saturday of every month-Old Time Music Acoustic Jam

July 20, 2024, 3:30 – 5:30 PM- Crane Library, 633 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY (second floor, elevator available; free parking on Elmwood and Highland Avenues)

The inaugural jam was on November 18, 2023. For further information see this link: Old Time Jam at Crane Library (note: date may not be updated in link–we meet every month on the third Saturday). Free admission.

Come join the jam or pull up a chair to listen!   Musicians at all levels are welcome.[map]

Past Gigs

May 26, 2024, 1:00-4:00 PM- Daily Planet Coffee Shop

Neia Lively

Stop by to have some coffee or tea, a sandwich or snacks and listen to my solo set in this comfortable space on the corner of Parker and Hertel Avenues. Free admission, tips appreciated.

Daily Planet Coffee Shop, 1862 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo NY 14216 [map].

March 2, 2024, 7:00-7:20 PM- Buffalo Friends of Folk Music

Neia Lively

Opening for Garnet Rogers. I will be the opening act for Canadian Singer/Songwriter Garnet Rogers. $25 general admission/$20 for members.

Buffalo Friends of Folk Music , Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St, Williamsville NY 14221 [map]

February 16, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM- The Buffalo History Museum

The 198 String Band

Music of the Civil War Era: $5 general admission/free for members.

The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo NY 14216 [map]

November 7, 2023, 2:30 to 3:45 PM – Baruch College City University of New York

The 198 String Band

Music of the Civil War Era: A Baruch College History Department Friedman Seminar Event

Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center,55 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10010 [map]

August 26, 2023, 11:00 to 11:30 AM – Elmwood Village Art Festival

Elmwood Village Art Festival, Buffalo, NY

Neia Lively  

I’ll be playing on the main stage on Bidwell Parkway at Potomac Avenue [map].  

July 1, 2023- 9:30 to 11 AM – Elmwood Village Farmers Market

Neia Lively

I will be the one playing under a tree.

Neia Lively