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The Ransom Notes


Homeschooled siblings Amanda, Michael, and Amelia Ransom form The Ransom Notes—a group of talented young musicians from the Denver area that blend classical, Celtic, bluegrass, and gospel music in a way like no other. This professionally trained group of young adults first began playing together over a decade ago, and recently added the excitement of bluegrass music to their repertoire. At 22, Amanda plays violin/fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and provides vocals for the group. Michael is 18 and primarily plays the cello (an instrument unique to the world of bluegrass music), as well as a little mandolin, and also adds his fair share of vocals to each performance. The youngest member of the trio, 16 year old Amelia, plays violin/fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and a host of other instruments. In addition to writing and arranging a bulk of the music, she also shares in the lead and harmony vocals with her siblings and recently added a fiddle competition win to her list of accomplishments.

The band’s diverse range of music features everything from Bach to bluegrass and includes the Hot Rize classic "Colleen Malone," Amy Caan's energetic Irish fiddle tune "Catharsis," and original material such as the humorous "Just a Little Mixed Up." Whether playing in churches, a black-tie dinner, a wedding, or a bluegrass festival, this group of talented musicians is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The Ransom Notes are two-time country bluegrass showcase competition award winners who continue to emerge into the acoustic world of music with a fresh sound and desire to bless everyone they meet with every note they play. They recently performed in Washington, D.C. during the 2010 International VSA Festival. In addition to their busy performance and recording schedules here in the U.S., plans are currently underway for performances in England, Scotland, and Ireland.
The Ransom Notes