Cavanaugh, Ryan


  • From North Carolina.
  • A child prodigy, he began playing the banjo at age 5 and performed as a child with Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, John McEuen and others.
  • Won banjo contests at Rockygrass, Merlefest, Renofest and other competitions.
  • Developed a technically advanced style of playing jazz and other genres on the banjo. Was awarded a teaching residency at the Berklee School of Music.
  • 2006, began touring with jazz saxophonist Bill Evans.
  • 2008, released “Songs from the New Frontier” album (no label).
  • 2015, joined the Jeff Austin band.
  • 2017, joined the Songs from the Road Band.
  • 2019, left the Songs from the Road Band to return to performing solo and collaborating with other artists.