August Watters (Director, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello)
Jim Dalton (mandolin, mandocello)
Marilynn Mair (mandolin, mandola, mandocello)
Mitch Nelin (mandocello)
Active: 2004 – 2008
Recordings: Sip A Little New
The New England Mandolin Ensemble is dedicated to revitalizing this traditional American format by exploring new directions as well as old. Its members come from diverse musical backgrounds, from jazz and classical to bluegrass and folk music traditions around the world. All are seasoned performers and teachers who are exploring contemporary paths for mandolin, as well as maintaining meaningful connections to tradition.
NEME founder and director August Watters is a mandolinist and professor of ear training at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The New England Mandolin Ensemble features some of today’s leading mandolinists, including classical mandolin icon Marilynn Mair (Roger Williams University), multi-stylistic virtuoso Jim Dalton (Boston Conservatory), and mandocello specialist Mitch Nelin.