Cynthia Sayer

"The Realist Banjo Pickup is fantastic!  It boosts my natural acoustic sound while enabling me to maintain my full dynamic range – everything I want in a pickup."

Multi-award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed as one of today’s premiere 4-string banjoists. Praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by The New York Times, her electrifying, swing-based performances enchant audiences worldwide. 

An American Banjo Hall Of Famer, Cynthia is the first banjoist to win the 2019 Bistro Award and 2018 Global Music Awards, the first 4-string banjoist ever featured at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2018, and will be the first 4-string banjoist on the cover of International Musician Magazine (Dec 2020).

Sayer first rose to international prominence as a founding member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band, and has played with leading jazz, popular, and roots music artists including Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Andy Statman, Les Paul, Marvin Hamlisch, Wynton Marsalis, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, and many others. 

A multi-instrumentalist heard on feature film and TV soundtracks, Cynthia’s 9 feature albums have received multiple nominations and awards. She has appeared on numerous national TV and radio shows. played at The White House, performed with The New York Philharmonic, and is the subject of a Trivial Pursuit question. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, DownBeat, Fretboard Journal, People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and countless other local, trade, and foreign media outlets. 

Cynthia endorses Ome Banjos, GHS Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and The Realist Banjo Pickups by David Gage.