Ryan with his Dogwood electric banjo strap on his recent tour of Europe
Whether playing straight-up bluegrass, be-bop, or modern country twang, Ryan Cavanaugh strives to be individual and innovative. Ryan started playing the 5-string banjo at the age of 10, and at 12 he was invited to play on stage with Doc Watson and Doug Dillard at a local performance. Around that same time Ryan began performing weekly at WPAQ radio in Mount Airy, and took first place at the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention's junior banjo competition. By the time he was a teenager he was invited by John McEuen, of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, to perform at the WYO Theater in Sheridan, Wyoming for John's "String Wizards" Tour. Ryan’s banjo style began to expand with the influences of Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, and Pat Metheney, among others. Ryan Cavanaugh has won numerous awards including master banjo awards at Rockygrass and Merlefest. www.ryancavanaugh.com
How does one describe Ryan Cavanaugh? There are no words to describe Ryan’s talent. His banjo playing can be likened more to the blazing speed of John McLaughlin. He is currently playing on a tour with jazz legend Bill Evans in Europe. Ryan is one of those musical virtuosos’s that only appears every so many years. Ryan’s primary focus is going to be advanced banjo techniques and Jazz. Ryan teaches plays and lives in Chapel Hill NC. Please support Ryan as he provides the world with some of the most amazing banjo speed you’ll ever hear!