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Willie Nininger - Home Page
This is the website of singer-songwriter Willie Nininger.
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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.
is an entertaining and versatile Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist, well known for his
extensive repertoire, spontaneous sense of humor and flat-picking guitar technique.
plays in clubs and concerts across the US and Europe.
While living in Switzerland he
won the national "Entertainer of the Year" award.
has written songs for the "Captain Kangaroo Show" and kids' TV "After School Specials" and has appeared on TV variety shows.
performs the National Anthem for the NY Mets annually.
Willie Nininger - Biography
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
In 2002, Willie
returned to the United States to pick up where he
Join him at one of his
gigs in the coming months and explore this site for more information, sound samples, CD purchases and news.
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.
met Willie's mother Fern, who was in nursing school, at a baseball game.
Eugene and 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
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
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
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.
time between the U.S., Switzerland and England, Willie
built a following in each, stopping long enough to begin recording more of his
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
first U.S. CD release , "Almost Home," available from this site.
Two more CD's followed.
Homesick and committed to reconnecting with his
decided in 2002 to return to the United States.
After taking a bit of a sabbatical to help care for his
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.
Home - Willie Nininger.Com
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)
On August 31st, Willie
is flying to Switzerland for a 2 week tour.
Check out Willie's
"Spotlight on Connecticut" interview on Youtube
appears on Winter's Night compilation
12/20/04 - Rounder records has reissued the legendaryOn a Winter's Nightcompilation CD.
WILLIE NININGER: Almost Home
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.
Almost Home - Willie Nininger.Com
Willie Nininger: vocals and acoustic guitar
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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.
: 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