Ed was born in St. Louis Missouri on January 16th 1946, displaying his musical ability from an early age. Ed began playing piano around age seven. Forming his first band in the eighth grade, Ed played piano in the Rocketeers. Ed and his family moved to California in the early 1960ís. It was while living in Lake Elsinore and his involvement with the folk scene, Ed first heard Bluegrass music, and was hooked immediately. After that fateful day Ed pursued his music with a single-mindedness bordering on obsession. Ed has played Bluegrass music in the traditional style for over fifty years.
Although Ed can play all of the traditional stringed instruments at a professional level and sings Lead and Tenor, most of his career he has been known to bluegrass fans as the premier fiddler and mandolin stylist in the traditional vein. He has been a fixture in the Bay Area bluegrass scene for over fifty years. (He is referred to as the utility infielder for bluegrass music)
Currently Ed is the leader of Ed Neff & Friends and Blue & Lonesome. Ed Neff & Friends has the longest running weekly gig in Northern California. (twenty years and still going) They play every Thursday night at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma, CA.
Ed is well-known in the worldwide music community for preserving and interpreting the style of music created by Bill Monroe. Although heavily guided by this impressionistic style of mandolin playing, Ed has taken this influence to interpret and create his version of this tradition.
Ed’s other lifelong interests are gardening, cooking and collecting Asian art. And of course, his family and friends.