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! : September 12th, 2013 (don't faint)
St. Patrick's Day in Waterbury, CT
March is finally here and we'll be back at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT for a lively show of Irish music on March 17th. 5:30-7:30PM.
Thanks to everyone who supported our benefit at the City Hall Café in Woodbury, CT last month. We raised almost $3000 for an orphanage in West Africa, and the money will go to it directly.
I had a great time in Switzerland. (Check out our new video on You Tube-Willie Nininger and Band at Camping Jungfrau). Thanks to all those who helped with the shows, and sorry to all the people I didn't get to see. Next time...
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.
Check out Willie's "Spotlight on Connecticut" interview on Youtube.It's 25 minutes and has a live song at the end.
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!
March 12, 2014
Torrington, CT 1:30PM
- Workman Home
March 13, 2014
Essex, CT 5PM
- Essex Meadows (assisted living)
March 13, 2014
Southbury, CT 2PM
- River Glen Rehab
March 15, 2014
Southbury, CT 7PM
- Heritage Village Irish Dance/Concert
March 16, 2014
- Oxford Greens Irish Show
w/ Jan Nininger on vocals and guitar
Ken Melton on percussion
March 17, 2014
Waterbury, CT 5:30PM
- Mattatuck Museum Irish Show
w/ Jan Nininger and Ken Melton
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....