Bow N' Banjo
Erica and Jody like to explore the versatility of each instrument that is typically unfamiliar to listeners. The banjo has an impressive capacity for warm and melodic tones that is not often showcased in a traditional banjo repertoire. When paired with the cello, the wide range of both instruments and tonalities is accentuated. Similarly, the cello has rhythmic/chordal abilities and the capacity to perform lead melodies.
Bow N' Banjo plays many different styles of music ranging from classical to bluegrass to modern pop favorites, as well as their own originals. From artists as diverse as Bach, Bill Monroe, the Beatles, and Rihanna, they offer a one-of-a-kind duo to truly set your event apart.
Erica Ransbottom graduated from Georgia State University in 2009 with a degree in cello performance where she studied with cellist Martha Gerschefski and Pamela Deveport. Erica had the honor to work with cellists such as Lynn Harrell, Christopher Rex, Astrid Schween, and Daniel Laufer in her studies.
Presently, Erica is a freelance musician that performs with regional orchestras and is a member of special events trio Luna Strings. In addition to the classical field, Erica has branched out into other genres of music including bluegrass and popular music. Highlights from Erica's performance career include playing alongside Rod Stewart, Disturbed, Josh Groban, Amy Grant, Edwin McCain, Trampled by Turtles, Chris Tomlin and Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Jody has been performing and teaching for 20 years. He currently maintains a schedule of over 25 students per week. He has played guitar and banjo for artists such as Jim Lauderdale, Randy Kohrs, and Alan Munde.
The highlights of his musical career include performing on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Merlefest, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. His musical studies and interests range from bluegrass, jazz, and classical to the unique rhythms of Latin America and Cuba. These multitudes of sounds inspire his original compositions.
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