144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702. Phone: 203-753-0381.
The Mattatuck Museum is excited to reintroduce TGI Third Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 5:30PM with the return of popular singer-songwriter-guitarist Willie Nininger. Willie "O'Nininger" will perform folk and popular Irish music including sentimental favorites and rabble-rousing songs. Willie is well known for his extensive repertoire, spontaneous sense of humor and flat-picking guitar technique. His performances range from country, folk and rock ‘n roll standards to theme shows including Irish, tropical, cowboy and international, as well as his own songs. Whether playing solo or with his band, Willie has a unique capability of adapting to, and interacting with, his audience. The New York Post calls Willie, “an all-smiling, downright charming performer who gets more enjoyment out of doing his musical thing than anyone else in recent memory”. Willie Nininger, a mainstay of the New York, Greenwich Village Folk Scene in the 70s and 80s, has M.C.'d and performed in the legendary Fast Folk Musical Revues, and played clubs and concerts across the USA. He wrote and performed the title song for the Winter's Night CD, that inspired the still popular Winter's Night concert tours. He wrote songs for the Captain Kangaroo show and children’s TV specials, won the Folk City Bob Dylan imitator's contests, developed a reputation as a great folk humorist, and gained notoriety as a top flatpick guitarist with his solo acoustic blue-grass version of the William Tell Overture. During visits to Europe in the early 90s Willie gained such a following that he pulled up stakes and moved to Switzerland, playing and recording for several years, and winning the National Entertainer of the Year award. Now Willie has returned to the United States to pick up where he left off, and has even applied to become the official State of Connecticut Troubadour. Check the website for further information.