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Nina Romanenko - Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

  •  NINA ROMANENKO is a Connecticut singer, guitarist and songwriter who loves working with and performing for people of all ages. She's a former therapeutic recreation director and voice major with training in music therapy and has been part of bands such as John Beardsly's "Elvis Experience", "No Soap Radio" and "East River Junction".  She's appeared in venues including the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Groton Sub Base, Cheney Hall and the Essex Eagle Festival - and has opened either solo or as a member of a band - for "Danny and the Juniors", "The Drifters", "Tom Rush" and "Jeffrey Gaines".  She currently performs solo or with her duo "The Rumblings" as well as in various collaborations with other artists. Nina enjoys putting on uplifting therapeutic music programs at Healthcare Facilities and also donates her services to causes such as women's issues, cancer research and Connecticut Veterans. 

Kevin Gallagher - Guitar/Dobro/Mando and Composer

 KEVIN GALLAGHER is an instrumentalist and composer who hails from the musical town of Bergenfield, NJ where he was inspired by the many wonderful musicians there. He learned to play guitar at age 13 and soon mastered the dobro, steel guitar and mando when he became enamored with bluegrass while in high school.  He studied music theory and jazz in New Jersey's Ramapo College as well as at Golden West College in CA where he became interested in classic rock, folk and Irish folk. He has played in numerous bands including "The Sophistacats", "Birch Creek", "Bluebird", "Cotton Hollow Rising" and "Allendale Rose". He's performed in venues such as Connecticut's Sounding Board, The Vanilla Bean and The Buttonwood Tree. Kevin currently performs with the groups -"Sweetheart Mountain" and "The Portables" as well as with "Nina & The Rumblings".

Guest Artists:

Guest Artists may add various instrumentation, percussion and/or vocals.

 THE HONEY COMB GIRLS:  Nina Romanenko and longtime friend - singer, songwriter and guitarist Sharon Howard collaborate whenever their busy schedules allow.  Beautiful harmonies and fun times!

 THE RUBY SISTERS:  A trio formed by Carolyn Brodginski along with friends, Diane Koz and Nina Romanenko - originally to do a benefit for the East Hampton, CT Food Pantry.   Pretty harmonies and lots of fun!

 CECE BORJESON has been a regional favorite on the folk scene since 1996, playing solo, duo (with Ruth George), and with several bands (Birch Creek, Cotton Hollow Rising, Allendale Rose, The Rumblings and the Portables). A multi-instrumentalist and accomplished singer, her discography includes 4 Cds (Shadows and Light, The Cost of Freedom, Hearts in Harmony and Perennials), as well as guest vocals on several Cds for other players. While her musical taste runs to various styles from ancient to contemporary tunes, her love of traditional music garnered her bookings to open shows for the likes of Odetta and Jeanne Richie. She is a regular annual presenter at the New England Family Folk Festival, with sessions including BanjO Brother Where Art Thou (southern singing styles), Building a Memory Palace (memorization technique), Contemporary Ballads, the History of Balladry and many others. With a wicked sense of humor, Cece believes that some of the most interesting moments during a concert happen in between the songs – audience connection is the key to her enjoyment of performing.