ABOUT THE ARTIST & SHOW:
Helen Avakian is an award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist living in Madison, WI. In September 2014 she won the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, the first female to do so. Helen was voted number one Favorite Acoustic Act four times by Rhythm and News magazine and has won numerous songwriting awards, including seven first prizes from the NewSongs Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Kansas.
Her latest recording, “Notes from Helen,” has received this praise. “Notes from Helen is an extraordinary CD, ranking with the very best fingerstyle - or any style - guitar album.” Céline Keating, Minor 7th Helen’s vocals and guitar are featured on Pete Seeger's Grammy-nominated last album, The Storm King. Helen’s previous recordings have also received widespread acclaim and airplay. She has received raves from reviewers who call her "a rising star," "guitar goddess," and "impressive… full of life and energy."*
Dave Irwin is a long time popular guitarist in Madison WI. He specializes in fingerstyle, Brazilian and jazz guitar styles. He was the house guitarist at Samba Brazilian Grill in Madison for a number of years and he has performed his solo guitar arrangement of The National Anthem on ESPN, and at the Kohl Center for the Badgers games and the World Olympic Style Wrestling Competition-Team USA.