Nina Romanenko

Old-timey Jazz, Country Blues, Folk and more - with renditions of Nina’s original tunes along with those of artists like Patsy Cline, Bessie Smith, Blind Blake and Mississippi John Hurt.  Fun and whimsy combined with meaning, conscience and history. Spirited, rockin’ and great fun for all age groups!

Bio

Nina Romanenko is a singer, guitarist and songwriter as well as a former Therapeutic Recreation Director and voice major with training in music as therapy. 

She has been a part of bands like John Beardsly’s “Elvis Experience” and Rick Nelson’s “No Soap Radio” and was founding member of “The Quarry Cats" and "East River Junction."  She's appeared in venues including the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Groton Sub Base and Cheney Hall and has opened either solo or as a band member for "Danny & the Juniors", "The Drifters", “Tom Rush” and Jeffrey Gaines”. 

Nina's Trio, "The Quarry Cats", with Mike Harrison and Kent Aldrich, was winner of Cheney Hall's, “Folk on Friday’s” public competition culminating in opening for Tom Rush at “Little Theatre of Manchester”.  She currently performs either solo or with her duo “The Rumblin's".

At library, town and cultural events, she puts on fun, interactive performances of original tunes along with songs from various genres including old timey jazz, folk and country blues.  She also provides uplifting therapeutic music programs to more than 90 Healthcare facilities throughout CT, using music as therapy and bringing smiles and laughter to people of all ages and peace and comfort to those who are sick, struggling or at end of life.

Before the Pandemic struck - Nina and her husband, Mike Harrison, had begun traveling South in their Airstream Camper during the winter months - and she had performed in places such as Sebastian, FL, Austin, TX, Nashville, TN and Asheville, NC.   They enjoyed the music scenes in these areas and loved meeting the people, sharing fun, adventure, culture, history and the beauty of dark sky and nature.

Since the Pandemic, Nina has been providing Virtual Therapeutic Music Programs at Healthcare Facilities - and most recently, has begun working in collaboration with her duo partner, Kevin Gallagher and her newfound friend, West Hartford Symphony President and Percussionist - Tom Caraher.  They met when he was producing his song and video, "Is This A Moment" - and have since produced 3 more music videos together - each with important social messages.  She is looking forward to more to come....