Ryan Cavanaugh

by David Bandrowski

Ryan Cavanaugh's innovative ideas of how and what is played on the 5-string banjo are occupied by few musicians alike. Hailing originally from North Carolina, Cavanaugh's first appearances as a child featured his hard-driving styles on WPAQ radio and with Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Cavanaugh is a champion of premier traditional banjo contests RockyGrass, MerleFest, FiddleFest and Renofest.

Under the wings of jazz sax man Bill Evans, Cavanaugh meticulously developed a technical approach and songwriting craft entirely his own, while not compromising his instrument to play new genres.

"One of the best technical players ever."
- Béla Fleck, Elmore Magazine, 2011

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