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

June 1, 2024, 6:15 PM, 69 Main Street (in front of former Witter Davis Furniture Co.)- Springville Art Crawl

Ol’ Paint

Our band will be playing in downtown Springville during Art Crawl festivities. Art Crawl starts with a parade, followed by music at various venues and ends up with an after party at the Springville Center for the Arts.

69 Main Street (in front of former Witter Davis Furniture Co. at Main & Pearl), Springville, NY [map]

June 8 and June 9, 2024,~12:15 to 5:15 PM – Allentown Art Festival/Trinity Episcopal Church

Ol’ Paint

We will be playing alternate hours with Paul Cena on organ with some special guests. Catch us around 12:15, 2:15 and 4:15. Get away from the hubbub of the Art Festival to tour the beautiful Tiffany and La Farge stained glass windows in the peaceful main sanctuary while listening to our band as it alternates sets with Paul Cena, organist extraordinaire. Free admission, tips appreciated.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202 [map].

Third Saturday of every month-Old Time Music Acoustic Jam

June 15, 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]

June 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – Crane Library

Ol’ Paint

Woody Guthrie In His Own Words: This is a special presentation of Dust Bowl Songs of Woody Guthrie with introductions and narration drawn from Woody’s own writings. Free admission.

Crane Library, 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14222 [map].

July 27, 2024, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM-Clarence Hollow Farmers’ Market

Ol’ Paint

Shop, munch and listen. Free admission, tips appreciated.

Clarence Hollow Farmers’ Market, 10717 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031 [map].

August 4, 2024 – Private Party, Buffalo, NY

Ol’ Paint

August 16, 2024, 5:00 PM – Fitz Books & Waffles

Ol’ Paint

Woody Guthrie In His Own Words: This is a special presentation of Dust Bowl Songs of Woody Guthrie with introductions and narration drawn from Woody’s own writings. Free admission, tips appreciated.

Fitz Books and Waffles, 433 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY 14203 [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 24, 2024, 12:00 PM Musical Sunday Brunch-Congregation Beth Abraham Registration closed/waitlist only: you will be informed if a spot opens up if you get on the waitlist.

Ol’ Paint

In this inaugural Sunday Brunch Music Series at Congregation Beth Abraham, we will play an ~ 45 minute set after attendees have a chance to visit for a bit. Grab a bagel, grab a book and kick back to enjoy folk and traditional music in the CBA library/social hall.

Advanced Registration required by emailing: See note above re: registration closed/waitlist only.

Congregation Beth Abraham, 1073 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222 [map]. Parking available on side streets and Elmwood Avenue. Free admission, tips appreciated.

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].  

August 6, 2023 – Private Party, Buffalo, NY

Ol’ Paint

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