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Saturday Evening Concert

The Evening Concert will start with the announcement of the winners of the Competition! The top 3 players will be awarded their prizes and perform a few songs in celebration of their win.

The concert starts at 7:30PM, Saturday July 27th, at the Brown County Playhouse.

  • Christie Lenée
    Christie Lenée International Champion

    2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives onbringing people together through the language of music.

    Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.’ Among the vast community of fingerstyle and tapping guitarists, her niche is the integration of melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks that excite both modern commercial listeners and classic purists. With a menu of percussive and sonic effects, and larger than life sounding instruments, her solo shows embody layers of orchestral elements with a wide array of dynamics and harmonic textures.

    Read more about Christie here

  • Helen Avakian
    Helen Avakian International Champion

    Helen Avakian is an award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist based in Madison, Wisconsin, formerly of the Hudson Valley in New York, where she was a beloved performer, recording artist, and teacher for many years. In September 2014 Helen won the International Fingerstyle Championship also at the Walnut Valley Festival. She is the first female to do so since the championship became international in 2004, and the second female to ever win this prestigious contest that started in 1979 and draws virtuoso guitarists from around the world. (The first lady winner was Muriel Anderson 25 years prior in 1989 when the contest was called the National Fingerstyle Championship.)

    More about Helen

  • Muriel Anderson
    Muriel Anderson International Champion

    MURIEL ANDERSON is one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson’s obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, bluegrass, popular and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Spanish classic.

    More about Muriel here

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