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Helen Avakian Acoustic Guitarist from Mineral Point, WI

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 31 Reviews
  • 42 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2008
  • 8 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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Helen Avakian is the 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. She is an extra versatile acoustic guitarist and vocalist. Her repertoire ranges from the Beatles to Adele, plus she has many appealing original love songs and other songs for just about every occasion, as well as guitar instrumentals. She holds a Master's Degree in classical guitar performance and she accompanies Flamenco dancers at Bard College. She also has an extensive repertoire of classical guitar and Flamenco music. Song requests are welcome! See songlist and classical repertoire below. Dave Irwin is a long time Madison WI guitarist who plays acoustic fingerstyle, jazz, popular, Brazilian and bluegrass guitar. He was the house guitarist for Samba Brazilian Grill in Madison for years and has appeared on ESPN and at the Kohl Center playing his arrangement of the national anthem. Partners in music and life, together Helen and Dave can provide an incredible variety of acoustic guitar music and songs suited to your occasion. Partial Songlist Adele Set Fire to the Rain Someone Like You The Allman Brothers Melissa The Beatles Blackbird Here Comes the Sun In My Life Norwegian Wood While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Black Crowes She Talks to the Angels Blind Faith Can't Find My Way Home Edie Brickell Circle Eric Clapton Layla Wonderful Tonight Coldplay Clocks The Cranberries Zombie Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young Helplessly Hoping Sheryl Crow Strong Enough Everyday is a Winding Road Dido Thank You Ani DiFranco Both Hands Donovan Catch the Wind Season of the Witch Bob Dylan Knocking on Heaven's Door The Eagles Hotel California Extreme More Than Words Five For Fighting 100 Years Fleetwood Mac Landslide 4 Non Blondes What's Up Peter Gabriel In Your Eyes Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova Falling Slowly Goo Goo Dolls Iris The Grateful Dead Friend of the Devil Greenday Good Riddance Guns and Roses Patience Heart Dog and Butterfly Jimi Hendrix Little Wing Don Henley The End of the Innocence Buddy Holly Everyday Indigo Girls Closer to Fine Jewel Hands Who Will Save Your Souls You Were Meant For Me Norah Jones Come Away With Me Don't Know Why Janis Joplin/Kris Kristofferson Me and Bobby McGee Jorma Kaukonen Genesis Ben E. King et al Stand By Me Kansas Dust in the Wind Carole King You've Got a Friend Led Zeppelin Thank You John Lennon Imagine Lifehouse You and Me Sarah McClachlan Building a Mystery Dave Matthews Band Sattelite Don McLean Vincent Natalie Merchant Carnival Kind and Generous Bette Midler The Rose Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi Free Man in Paris Alanis Morissette Head Over Feet Ironic Van Morrison Moondance Anna Nalick Breathe (2 AM) Joan Osborne One of Us Saint Theresa Pearl Jam Better Man Elderly Woman Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Plain White T's Hey There Delilah The Police Every Breath You Take The Pretenders I'll Stand By You 2000 Miles Bonnie Raitt I Can't Make You Love Me Something to Talk About Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge REM Everybody Hurts Losing My Religion Simon and Garfunkel The Boxer Scarborough Fair Bruce Springsteen Because the Night Cat Stevens Father and Son Moon Shadow Sting Fields of Gold Fragile The Rolling Stones Wild Horses James Taylor Fire and Rain Traditional The House of the Rising Sun U 2 I Will Follow One Suzanne Vega Luka Small Blue Thing Wet, Wet, Wet Love is All Around The Who Pinball Wizard Lucinda Williams Passionate Kisses Neil Young Needle & the Damage Done Old Man Helen's Instrumentals Sister Song (New Age) Page's Jig (Tribute to Jimmy) McTammy's Jig (Celtic) Helen's Songs (to name a few) All songs on "Vanishing Point" and "I Love the Moon" CDs including All the Time (haunting) Vows (wedding) Gallery (Portrait of an artist in "Flamenco/folk" style) I Love the Moon (love) I Want To be Your Blanket (love) Bird Flying (mellow blues) Helen Avakian Classical Guitar Repertoire Highlights Renaissance Six Italian Lute Pieces of the Renaissance Wilson's Wilde, Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard, John Dowland Greensleeves, Traditional Baroque Suite No. 1 for Violin cello, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, JS Bach Canon in D, Pachelbel Largo from Lute Concerto, Vivaldi Le Rondeau, Mouret Classical Etudes, Sor Rondo, Carulli Assorted works by Giuliani, Carcassi Romantic Ode to Joy, Beethoven Waltz, Brahms Of Foreign Lands and People, Schumann Modern Preludes, Etudes, Villa-Lobos Gymnopédie, Satie Vals Venezlanos, Lauro Spanish Romanza, Anonymous Asturias (Leyenda), Albeniz Caprichio Arabe, L'Agrima, Adelita Tarrega Various Flamenco pieces, Traditional New Age Featherwind, Page's Jig, Facets, Helen Avakian Tea-House Moon, Enya


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Review by Kate G.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on June 11, 2023From Fitchburg, WI

Helen and Dave were a highlight of our wedding day! Their pre- and post-ceremony sets complemented the beauty of our outdoor venue, their music lilting and mingling with the breeze and the birds. They and their artistry felt completely at home. They worked with us to ensure our ceremony music was exactly what we hoped for. It was that and more. In a word, it was perfect.

Helen Avakian:

Thank you so much Kate for your review. It was an honor and pleasure to be part of your and Joey's wedding and to play in such a lovely natural setting! All Best Wishes, Helen

Review by Rena A.

CelebrationReviewed on June 29, 2021From Dubuque, IA

They were so wonderful for my daughters ceremony. The music was beautiful and complimented our ceremony and added a modern flare. Would hire them again in a minute. They would be great for happy hour as well. Very kind prompt and fee was reasonable.

Helen Avakian:

Thank you Rena! It was such a pleasure to work with you, meet your lovely family, and be part of your special day. Wishing you All the Best!

Review by Carla M.

Holiday PartyReviewed on December 31, 2019From Madison, WI

Helen and Dave are a fantastic together and separately.I absolutely love the variety and versatility of their music. They played for my Holiday Event and my guests found them enchanting, witty and entertaining. I would highly recommend Helen and Dave for your next event and I will be booking them for my future events. Carla Mason Creative Energy Designs Inc.

Helen Avakian:

Thank you very much Carla! We so enjoy working with you!

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Past Events

May 27, 2023 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fitchburg, WI
January 22, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Sat7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Madison, WI
June 26, 2021 • Celebration
Sat2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Dubuque, IA
December 29, 2019 • Coffee Shop Event
Sun2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Madison, WI
December 21, 2019 • Holiday Party
Sat5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Madison, WI
September 28, 2019 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Lena, IL
August 16, 2019 • Celebration
Fri7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Madison, WI
February 13, 2019 • Holiday Party
Wed6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Madison, WI
December 17, 2018 • Community Event
Mon7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Edgerton, WI
October 25, 2018 • Corporate Function
Thu6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Madison, WI
August 25, 2018 • Celebration
Sat8:30 PM - 11:00 PM Baraboo, WI
June 23, 2018 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lake Geneva, WI

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