Wayne Fugate in the American roots styles of bluegrass, blues, jazz, and old-time music, swinging gracefully from these styles to his other musical loves of classical, Gypsy jazz and World music. Wayne was recently on Broadway playing mandolin and guitar on Steve Martin and Edie Brikell's five-time Tony nominated musical Bright Star and played on the show's first National Tour. Wayne is a founding member of the widely acclaimed eclectic string band Uncommon Ground. He also performs and tours with Mandolin Madness, an ensemble with Barry Mitterhoff. Other projects include “Lisa’s Pieces,” where he performs alongside with GRAMMY® Award winning fiddle phenom, Lisa Gutkin (from the Klezmatics) and “The New York Mandolin Ensemble”, one of the country’s premiere mandolin-centric chamber orchestra groups. Wayne can be heard on the soundtracks of the Emmy nominated film Home and the Louis B. Mayer award winning short film, Respects. Other film credits include a performing appearance in the award-winning film A Bread Factory, starring Tyne Daly, James Marsters and Janeane Garofalo. Wayne is the author of two instructional and tune books for mandolin available through Alfred Publishing and Mel Bay.
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