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P.O. Box 367

Southbury, Connecticut 06488

United States

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This is the website for American singer, songwriter and guitarist Willie Nininger. ... more

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This is the website of singer-songwriter Willie Nininger. Thanks for visiting. Check out the calendar to see where Willie will be playing, 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.

Willie Nininger is an entertaining and versatile Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist, well known for his extensive repertoire, spontaneous sense of humor and flat-picking guitar technique. Willie plays in clubs and concerts across the US and Europe. While living in Switzerland he won the national "Entertainer of the Year" award. He has written songs for the "Captain Kangaroo Show" and kids' TV "After School Specials" and has appeared on TV variety shows. He performs the National Anthem for the NY Mets annually.

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The Boston Herald said of Willie, "Nininger was hilarious in and between songs, displaying a sly and daffy wit".

Equally successful over there, Willie won national Entertainer of the Year awards and played well over a hundred dates a year in clubs, theaters and at large summer music festivals performing solo and with his Europe-based band. In 2002, Willie returned to the United States to pick up where he left off. Join him at one of his gigs in the coming months and explore this site for more information, sound samples, CD purchases and news.
Willie was born in New York City . His parents both grew up in Kansas. Willie's father Eugene went to theUniversity of Kansas on a violin scholarship, but half way through school, he decided to become a doctor. He met Willie's mother Fern, who was in nursing school, at a baseball game. Eugene and Willie Willie and his brother Jim and sister Annie all took piano lessons while growing up, but didn't develop a keen interest in playing music until Eugene brought home a guitar one Christmas.
In 1970, Willie started studying at Kenyon College in Ohio where his brother Jim and Rutherford B. Hayes also attended.
In 1973 Willie transferred to Tufts University near Boston. After taking off half a year to visit Spain, the Canary Islands, Morocco, and the British Isles, he graduated with a degree in Literature in June 1974. The same weekend he graduated Willie had his first major gig in the Boston area, opening a show for Jimmy Buffett at Passim. This was also the first time Willie's father, Eugene, performed on stage with him.
In 1975 Willie was discovered by a television producer while singing in a Greenwich Village folk club. From the money he received from writing Central Park five songs for the nationally televised children's show "Captain Kangaroo" he rented an apartment in the Soho section of New York.
For the next several years Willie performed with his entire family at concerts, schools and clubs all over the country as well as at Folk City, the Lone Star Cafe and the Bottom Line in New York City.
In the mid-1980's Willie became a regular part of the Fast Folk collective in New York City, recording for the Fast Folk Musical Magazine and appearing as MC and a featured performer on several Fast Folk tours with the likes of Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, and John Gorka, among others.
Splitting his time between the U.S., Switzerland and England, Willie built a following in each, stopping long enough to begin recording more of his songs.
In 1991, after going back and forth between Europe and the United States several times per year, Willie decided to concentrate the majority of his time in Switzerland.
In 1992, Willie issued his first U.S. CD release , "Almost Home," available from this site. Two more CD's followed.
Homesick and committed to reconnecting with his family, Willie decided in 2002 to return to the United States. After taking a bit of a sabbatical to help care for his father, Willie has re-established his career in the Northeast.. Watch for him in your town in the coming months. Click on the tour link to the left to check out his myriad schedule of performances and check out the news section to see what Willie's been up to recently.

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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)
Switzerland Tour On August 31st, Willie is flying to Switzerland for a 2 week tour.
Check out Willie's "Spotlight on Connecticut" interview on Youtube.
Willie appears on Winter's Night compilation
12/20/04 - Rounder records has reissued the legendaryOn a Winter's Nightcompilation CD.
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.

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Willie Nininger: vocals and acoustic guitar

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Willie Nininger Willie Nininger, is a singer, songwriter and guitar player, with origins in New York. Coming from the US, surrounded by a musical family - his father was a doctor but also a violinist - Nininger started his musical career in Switzerland in the early Eighties, playing for the luxury Hotel Jungfrau Victoria in Interlaken, then performing at all the 'in' places, especially in the Berner Oberland, but also elsewhere in Switzerland. In 1993 he won 1st prize at the Swiss Music Awards in Zurich. After a short time he got massively popular within his fan audience, and he lived for years on the relatively isolated Brunig Passin the Swiss Alps. Nowadays Nininger looks back on a great career as a guitar player and songwriter. He is still active in Switzerland and toured here in September 2014. In the interview with Christian Dueblin, Willie Nininger, a musician with a literature degree in his pocket, talks about his music career, his love and appreciation for Bob Dylan, and his other musical influences.

Willie Nininger: In 1983 I was living in New York City.
Willie Nininger (c) W. Nininger / Philipp Strub
Willie Nininger on stage with Putzie Mayr (Accordion/Steel guitar, from CH Canton Vaud); Copyright W. Nininger

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