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Helen Avakian  ... is a Singer-Songwriter performing Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic, and New Age music.

Ambient pop music with new age elements from singer/songwriter/guitarist voted No. 1 Acoustic Act 4 times (Rhythm and News Magazine Poll). Influences from Heart to Suzanne Vega to Ralph Towner.

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Contact Info
Location: Dutchess County, NY
Website: helenavakian.com/
Email
Phone: (845) 797-6461
PO Box 1571 Pleasant Valley NY 12569

Videos
Original Songs


"Sister Song" Acoustic Guitar Solo by Helen Avakian

Calendar for Helen Avakian
Sunday
May 29
10:00 am
Sunday Service "The Beauty of Creativity"
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar and More!
First Unitarian Society of Madison
900 University Bay Dr
Madison, WI   See Map
We will perform a couple pieces and lead some hymns for the occasion.
Saturday
June 4
6:30 pm
to
8:30 pm
Anniversary Garden Party
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
American Wine Project
802 Ridge St
Mineral Point, NY   See Map
We will play a variety of summer fun songs and instrumentals, original and selected covers for this hip winery.
Wednesday
June 8
8:00 pm
Evening Music
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar
Omega Institute For Holistic Studies
150 Lake Dr
Rhinebeck , NY   See Map
Concert for workshop attendees in a most beautiful country setting. Dave and I will perform a mix of songs and instrumentals, originals and covers including a song I wrote inspired by the beautiful campus.
Friday
June 10
7:00 pm
Friday Fest!
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin, David Howe
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Moon & River Cafe
115 S. Ferry St
Schenectady, NY   See Map
Looking forward to performing at the largest vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Albany area with our friend David Howe on upright bass!
Saturday
June 11
7:30 pm
to
10:30 pm
Hudson Valley Folk Guild Feature
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar and More!
Rock Tavern Chapter
Rock Tavern , NY   See Map
Dave and I will perform our acoustic guitar based music in a 30 minute set starting at 8:30 pm. Open mic 7:30 pm before and after. Open mic signup and soundcheck starts at 7 pm.
You can sign up for the open mic in advance here and pick your time slot.
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Zoom Meeting Link
Sunday
June 12
7:00 pm
Fingerstyle Guitar Champs
with Red Door Duo, Mark Sganga
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Jazz. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main St
Beacon, NY   See Map
Dave Irwin and I are delighted to return to the Hudson Valley's premeir listening room with world class fingerstyle guitarist, Mark Sganga!

We all met at the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship which Mark and Helen won in 2009 and 2014 respectively.

We will present an evening of solos, duets and trios of songs and instrumentals. With Mark (a true improv jazz master,) there is bound to be a certain amount of by the seat of the pants spontaneous jamming.

Reservations recommended and appreciated!
Reservations
Friday
June 17
7:00 pm
to
9:00 pm
Holiday Weekend Soiree
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin, Herb Holyst
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
Stoney's British Pub
3007 Concord Pike
Wilmington, NY   See Map
Excited to perform near where I grew up, my old stomping ground with Dave this time. I will play a variety of acoustic guitar music; singer/songwriter, fingerstyle instrumentals plus selected covers Herb Holyst on cajon. Come for snacks, dinner, dessert, drinks or all of the above!
Saturday
June 18
10:00 am
Sunday Service
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic
Main Line Unitarian Church
816 S Valley Forge Rd
Devon, PA   See Map
We will play a couple songs and instrumentals and perhaps lead some hymns as part of the service.
Wednesday
June 22
12:00 pm
to
1:30 pm
The Longest Day Celebration
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Maris Grove
100 Maris Grove Way
Glen Mills, PA   See Map
We are excited to be part of this yearly event for the first time! We will perform a variety of instrumentals and songs, and there will be a butterfly release as part of the festivities!
Friday
June 24
2:00 pm
to
3:00 pm
Happy Hour
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar, Oldies
Somerford House
501 South Harmony Road
Newark, DE   See Map
We will perform for residents of this senior living community including a Patsy Cline request. : )
Friday
June 24
3:30 pm
to
4:30 pm
Happy Hour
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar, Oldies
Somerford Place
4175 Ogletown-Stanton Rd
Newark, DE   See Map
We will perform for residents of this senior living community including a Patsy Cline request. : )
Sunday
July 3
10:00 am
to
1:00 pm
Music in the Garden
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
The Hop Garden Tap Room
6818 Canal St
Verona, WI   See Map
Dave and I will play acoustic guitar originals and covers; songs and instrumentals in a beautiful garden setting on the banks of the Sugar River behind the Paoli Mill and Terrace. Outdoors with plenty of shade, local beer and food. Weather dependent, call if weather is iffy. Out back in the Paoli Mill Terrace and Park. (608) 516-9649
Directions
Friday
July 8
7:00 pm
to
8:00 pm
Friday Evening Concert
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Jazz. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Capitol Lakes
333 W. Main St
Madison, WI   See Map
We will play a mix of originals and selcted covers, songs and instrumentals. Excited to play here for the first time.
Saturday
July 9
5:00 pm
to
8:00 pm
Summer Eve Music
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Iron Amethyst Inn
21 S State St
Mazomanie, WI   See Map
We will play a variety of songs and instrumentals at this old fashioned speakeasy and beer garden in picturesque Mazomanie.
Thursday
July 21
5:00 pm
to
8:00 pm
Mazomanie Market Night
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
Westland Promenade Park
116 Brodhead St
Mazomanie, WI   See Map
Farmers Market and more in the charming town of Mazomanie. Dave and I will play our acoustic guitar based songs and instrumentals, originals and selected covers.
Saturday
August 6
3:00 pm
to
5:00 pm
Art Sale to Benefit More for Stage 4 and the Carbone Cancer Center
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
American Wine Project
802 Ridge St
Mineral Point, NY   See Map
We will play a variety of summer fun songs and instrumentals, original and selected covers for this hip winery.
Sunday
August 7
12:00 pm
to
1:00 pm
Rocking School Backpacks Benefit for MOM
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin, Tent Show Troubadors, Hoot and Hollers, Hammock Wilburn
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
Capitol Brewery
7734 Terrace Ave
Middleton, WI   See Map
Dave and I will play the first hour of this benefit for MOM Middleton Outreach Ministry to help kids in need fill their backpacks with school supplies for the Fall. Music from 12 noon - 5 pm


Info
Thursday
August 11
7:00 pm
Evening Concert, Workshop earlier
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Guitar Haven
17 N 7th St
Grand Haven, MI   See Map
Dave and I will perform our acoustic guitar based songs and instrumentals, originals and selected covers.

We will present a guitar workshop earlier in the day, time TBA.
Saturday
August 13
4:00 pm
Family Reunion Party
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Jazz. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Private Residence
Ferry Beach, MI   See Map
Private event.
Saturday
August 20
6:00 pm
to
8:00 pm
Music in Nature
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Multi-genre original. Fingerstyle Guitar and More!
Blue Mound State Park
4350 Mounds Park Rd
Blue Mound, NY   See Map
Dave and I will concertize in a woodland amphitheater in this wonderful park.
Friday
August 26
4:00 pm
to
5:00 pm
Happy Hour for Residents
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar and More!
Cardinal View Senior Living
3820 Tribeca Dr
Middleton, WI   See Map
We will play some originals, classic folk and rock, oldies, classical favorites and more!
Saturday
September 24
2:00 pm
to
7:00 pm
Wedding Ceremony and Reception
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, New Age, and Covers. Virtuoso Fingerstyle Guitar
Eagle Waters Resort
3958 Eagle Waters Rd
Eagle River, WI   See Map
We will play many kinds of acoustic guitar music with an emphasis on fingerstyle and Enya as per this couple's request.


CDs by Helen Avakian

 Notes from Helen 2015
Instrumental
A collection of Helen's original guitar instrumentals and arrangements of some of her long time top favorite songs
 
 I Love the Moon 2008
Folk/Traditional
Helen's newest CD released in June 2008
 
 Musikos Peripatos 2002
Acoustic, Classical/Opera
Terry Champlin and Helen perform Classical guitar duos fron Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major to Champlin's Musikos Peripatos to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
 
 Vanishing Point 2001
Singer-Songwriter, Pop/Soft Rock
Helen's long-awaited CD "Vanishing Point" Appears! Voted Number 1 Favorite Recording by Rhythm and News Magazine Poll.
 

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