About

John Mailander is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who moves listeners in concert halls, festivals, and music camps at home and abroad. A sought-after performer, teacher and recording artist, John is known for his deeply rooted voice on the fiddle, mandolin, and other stringed instruments.

John is a current member of Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers. He has toured and performed with some of the greatest names in the acoustic music world and beyond, including Billy Strings, Joy Williams, Molly Tuttle, Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, Ruth Moody, Col. Bruce Hampton, Joe K. Walsh, Peter Rowan, Lee Ann Womack, Missy Raines, Danny Paisley, Laurie Lewis, and John Reischman, to name a few. He was the featured fiddler for Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's musical, Bright Star, for its debut run in Poughkeepsie, New York.

A San Diego native, now based in Nashville, TN, John is an in-demand session musician. His debut solo album, Walking Distance, featuring an all-star cast of improvisational musicians from the New England music scene, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. John’s latest album of original music, Forecast, was released in January 2019.

Photo by  Michelle Stone .

Photo by Michelle Stone.

As a teacher, John has been on staff at some of the most prestigious music camps in the Americas, including the Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week, Swannannoa Gathering, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, and Nimblefingers Old Time & Bluegrass Music Workshop. He also keeps a busy private instruction schedule, teaching students all over the country in person and online. His first instructional book, A Fiddler's Guide to Moveable Shapes, was published in Fall 2017. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

John plays instruments by Jonathan Cooper, Lawrence Smart and Austin Clark. He endorses D'addarrio strings. He also highly recommends Grace Design Preamplifiers, Calton Cases, Earthquaker Devices, Bartlett Fiddle Mics and Alchemist Brewing.

All of John’s qualities - kindness, intelligence, humor, curiosity, integrity and love of beauty - show up every minute in his musicianship.
— Darol Anger
John Mailander’s music sits squarely at the intersection between taste and skill. His musical abilities are surpassed only by the incredible heart in his playing.
— Joe Newberry