Helen Shanahan

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Helen Shanahan

Helen Shanahan is a young singer/songwriter from Perth.

Helen’s songs ride the joys and sorrows of love and life and draw the listener into an articulate and heartfelt world of story, melody and guitar, through her eyes. Helen’s thoughtful observations and introverted reflections of everyday situations are beautifully captured in her music, which can best be described as contemporary folk/pop with a strong acoustic feel.

Helen recently graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts majoring in voice, while honing her confidence and skills in the Perth pub and festival circuit.

Helen’s song ‘ He Says’ was nominated in the 2010 Western Australian Music Industry ‘Song of the Year’ competition and she has recently supported Australian group ‘The Basement Birds’ whose members include Kav Temperly (Eskimo Joe), Josh Pyke, Kevin Mitchell (Bob Evans) and Steve Parkin. She has also provided strong support to UK artist Passenger in 2010, and Matt Corby in 2011 in his secret garden shows around Perth.

Helen released her debut album ‘Driftwood’ on the 5th of October 2012 at the Fly By Night Musicians Club in Fremantle. ‘Driftwood’ comes three years after her first EP ‘Girl in Love’ which established Helen as a serious and soulful WA musician and a firm favourite at numerous venues around Perth including The Ellington and Mojos. The title track was nominated in 2012 in the ‘love’ category in the Western Australian Music Industry ‘Song of the Year’ competition and also won the folk category in the 2012 International songwriting contest.

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Helen was fantastic. Lots of positive feedback from my colleagues. Lots of applauding. She was well suited to our event and she really added a unique vibe to the occasion. Thank you very much for arranging the booking for me. I’ll be happy to recommend your services to anyone.

Amy Lesuma (CKA Risk Solutions Corporate Function) – June 2014

She was perfect! 

Marilena Baynes (Private Function) – March 2015

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