Wayne Fugate is one of the New York area's most versatile mandolin players. He makes his musical home in the space in, around and between the American roots styles of Bluegrass, Blues, Swing, and Old Time music, and can move gracefully from these styles to any of his other musical loves in the worlds of Classical, Quebecois and Scandinavian music.
Wayne recently played both the Broadway production and First National Tour of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's bluegrass-infused, five-time Tony nominated show, "Bright Star" and has acted as musical consultant for several College and Regional productions of the show.
Closer to home, Wayne splits his time between a few projects that include playing alongside Grammy Award winning fiddle player Lisa Gutkin (from the Klezmatics) in a new venture called "Lisa's Pieces" and performing baroque period and contemporary classic music with the "NY Mandolin Ensemble", one of the premier chamber groups in the country, playing this music on mandolin family instruments. Wayne has also authored a few instruction and tune books including the widely distributed and positively reviewed "Mastering Mandolin” for Alfred Publishing.
Wayne can be heard on the soundtracks of Emmy nominated film "Home" and Louis B. Mayer award winning short film, "Respects". Other film credits include an arranging credit and performing appearance in the internationally acclaimed, award-winning film "A Bread Factory", starring Tyne Daly, James Marsters and Janeane Garofalo.
He is active as a mandolin teacher, offering both private instruction and workshops at prominent festivals and music camps throughout the country.
Wayne makes his home in New York's Hudson Valley. He is married to a tremendously talented actress, has three incredibly wonderful and beyond amazing kids, is the proud human "parent" to a cat named Miles and is not-so-secretly obsessed with NY Giants football, technology and gadgets of all kinds.
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