This is the website of singer-songwriter Willie Nininger.Thanks for visiting. Check out the calendar to see where Willie will be playing, learn about the CD's, play music samples, find out what he's been up to lately and take a second to give us your email address so we can let you know about anything exciting, like a performance near you.
LATEST BLOG ENTRY! : August 14th, 2012 (don't faint)
Bob Dylan Freewhelin' Jam
Returning to the original (for me) Folk City (103 W. 3rd St. NYC) on Tuesday, May 21st to participate in a re-creation of Mr. Dylan's 2nd album.(the one with Suzie Rotolo on the cover). My wife and I will be covering all 5 verses of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall", accompanied by Mike Heaphy on the harmonica. Show starts at 8PM $5. many other cool performers...
I have been woefully absent from my website for the last couple weeks, but I have been busy-getting ready for my wedding to Jan Scruggs (May4th). I have taken some time out from our preparations to update our gig calendar and will try to get back into a regular website mode once the dust settles after our Honeymoon.
Thanks to all who supported Jan's and my benefit for the Community Services Council of Woodbury;we raised $1500.
Thanks to the 100 people who showed up for our tribute to Phil Ochs and Leonard Cohen at the Southbury Jewish Federation. And to Sonny Ochs, Phil's sister who came and offered some fascinating commentary.
New bookings or gig questions? Call Jan at Jantastic Events:(203) 510-9905
Check out Youtube for our video montage (by Palin Smith) from the Woodbury 350 Celebration.
Willie on Youtube! (Mr. Cellophane)
Due to the efforts of fellow Heritage-Villager Marvin Shapiro, my performance of "Mr. Cellophane" from the show Chicago is now available on youtube. Click here to check out the video. You can also log in to youtube (if you haven't already), register your comments and rate the video. Definitely something a little different for me. Let me know what you think.
Willie appears on Winter's Night compilation
12/20/04 - Rounder records has reissued the legendary On a Winter's Night compilation CD. Willie's song On a Winter's Night is the title track for the compilation. This new remastered version includes a number of new songs and artists not included in the original edition. Christine Lavin was instrumental in putting the recording together originally and in its new incarnation. The original record, first released 15 years ago, spawned the equally legendary Winter's Night concert tours which have continued throughout the years .
Among the artists on the disk in addition to Willie and Christine are Judy Collins, Patty Larkin, John Gorka, the late great Dave Van Ronk, Cliff Eberhart, Bill Morrisey, David Mallet and David Wilcox. You can purchase the CD at your local record store ( if you've got a good one) or click here to purchase and hear sound samples at Amazon.
A little something live from Passim
Here's a bit of a radio concert from a few years ago at Passim in Cambridge. A little talk and a live version of Freshman, a popular song from live shows that never quite made it onto a CD. Click here to listen. Apologies for the sound quality, which isn't perfect.
And if you got this far, you earned a free song. Download the song below on me. Hope you enjoy. And if you do, why not buy the CD? You can now buy it online by clicking on the image below or the link on the CD information page for this CD under discs. We'll have the rest of the CD's on line within a few weeks. (We've been saying that for a long time now and it hasn't quite happened, but its still the plan)
Download one on me right here
Here's a live version of what I call the Lone Ranger Meets the William Tell Overture. It will make sense when you listen. From Passim in Cambridge, same show as the clip above. Enjoy. Willie
Lone Ranger Live
live acoustic bluegrass flat pick guitar version of the Willam Tell Overture - not kidding.....
Come see a show!
May 27, 2013
Southbury, CT 11AM
May 30, 2013
Town of Southbury Memorial Day Celebration
Main Street South
w/ Jan Nininger
Sheffield, CT 7PM
Sheffield Senior Center
w/ Jan Nininger
open to public
Great Barrington, MA 11AM
Claire Teague Senior Center
May 31, 2013
Newington, CT 2PM
May 31, 2013
Newington Senior Center
Stockbridge, MA 9-12PM
June 7, 2013
Red Lion Inn (The Lion's Den)
w/ Jan Nininger
Naugatuck, CT 7PM
Old Corner Café
w/ Jan Nininger and Ken Melton
178 North Main Street
Check out the new blog
Snippets from recent entries are below. click on the blog link above or the article links below for more...
Hello Blog! February 23, 2007
Hello Everybody. Willie here, sitting in my kitchen at my computer, wading through my website, trying to navigate the treacherous waters of modern technology towards the shore of online competency.
Pretty soon I will wander down the street and set up my sound system for another Friday night at the Olive Tree. I almost always enjoy myself there,(good place to try out new material), and you can't beat it for convenience. The "lounge" seats about 35 people and someone usually ends up onstage with me, singing or playing some kind of percussion instrument.When my Dad, Eugene was alive, I actually had enough time to wheel him in for the first set, and then, with the help of my friend Pete Burkhardt, get him back in the car, back home, into bed and back to the club in about 10 minutes. I miss that. Read More....