Tuomari Nurmio

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Tuomari Nurmio
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Background information
Birth name Hannu Juhani Nurmio
Born (1950-11-21) 21 November 1950 (age 64)
Helsinki Finland
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1979-
Labels Johanna, Megamania
Associated acts Dusty Ramblers, Orpojen tuki, Köyhien ystävät, Viides kolonna, Meatballs, The Barnhill Boys, Korkein oikeus, Kongontien orkesteri, Alamaailman Vasarat

Tuomari Nurmio is the artist name of Hannu Juhani Nurmio (b. 1950 in Helsinki), a Finnish rock singer and songwriter.


Since his debut album, Nurmio has been regarded as one of the most original Finnish singer-songwriters. His lyrics are filled with peculiar and arresting metaphors and expressions, some of which have made their way into the vernacular Finnish language. Especially the first four albums are now seen as classic works.

Musically the first albums draw on the traditions of American country, blues and roots music, combining them with new wave quirkiness and energy. The lyrics have romantic, humorous undertones, with occasional glimpses of the dark side of urban life. In the 1990s Nurmio's sound has moved towards a scratchy, rugged sound somewhat reminiscent of Tom Waits. In the 2000s he has often performed in a duo with a guitar and Markku Hillilä playing drums. One of his recent collaboration is that with the band Alamaailman Vasarat.

In 2011 Nurmio appeared as a guest singer on Finnish metal band Korpiklaani's album Ukon Wacka.


"Tuomari" means a judge in Finnish. Nurmio adopted this nickname, since he has a master's degree in law and is therefore formally eligible to hold that position.



  • Tuomari Nurmio & Köyhien Ystävät: Kohdusta hautaan (1979)
  • Tuomari Nurmio & Viides Kolonna: Maailmanpyörä palaa! (1980)
  • Lasten mehuhetki (1981)
  • Punainen planeetta (1982)
  • Meatballs: Meet The Meatballs (1984)
  • Käytettyä rakkautta (1986)
  • Kuu (1988)
  • Hullu puutarhuri (1992)
  • Barnhill Boys: Hillbilly Spacecraft (1994)
  • Karaokekuningas (1995)
  • Lauluja rakastamisen vaikeudesta (compilation) (1995)
  • Tanssipalatsi (1996)
  • Luuta ja nahkaa (1997)
  • 1999 (1999)
  • Tuomari Nurmio & Korkein Oikeus (2002)
  • Tuomari Nurmio & Alamaailman Vasarat: Kinaporin kalifaatti (2005)
  • Tuomari Nurmio & Kongontien Orkesteri: Tangomanifesti (2006)
  • Judge Bone & Doc Hill: Big Bear's Gate (2008)
  • Paratiisin puutarha (2010)
  • Dumari ja spuget bailaa (2013)
Compilation albums
  • Valitut (1982)
  • Extra (1989)
  • 24 karaattia (2LP, compilation) (1990)
  • Lemmenloruja (1999)

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