NEW GLOUCESTER – The Village Coffeehouse will open the fall season Saturday, Oct. 4, with Willie Nininger, a well-known performer in the Boston area with a reputation for combining country, folk, rock and a great sense of humor.

A mainstay of the Greenwich Village Folk Scene in the ’70s and ’80s, Nininger became a successful entertainer in Europe in the 1990s and now entertains audiences in the Northeast. He is particularly known for his top flatpick guitar and solo acoustic bluegrass version of the William Tell Overture.

The New York Post decscribed Nininger as “an all-smiling downright charming performer who gets more enjoyment out of doing his musical thing than anyone else in recent memory.”

The coffeehouse is at First Congregational Church at Church and Gloucester Hill roads. Due to renovations to the church vestry, this month’s coffeehouse will be held in the church sanctuary – but with the same informal and welcoming atmosphere as usual.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors and children. Proceeds benefit the church.

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