Heri performing at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
|Born||21 February 1973|
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
|Genres||Folk metal, Viking metal|
|Associated acts||Týr, Heljareyga, Alestorm|
Heri Joensen (IPA: [ˈheːɹɪ ˈjoːɛnˌsɛn]) (born 21 February 1973) is a Faroese musician, notable for being the vocalist for the heavy metal band Týr. Heri was born in the Faroe Islands capital of Tórshavn which has had an influence on his song writing. As well as Týr, he has recently recorded a solo album titled Heljareyga.
At the age of fourteen Heri began playing guitar and by the age of seventeen was playing in local bands. By this time he had relocated to the well-populated fishing port of Runavík.
Like many Faroese, Heri moved to Denmark for further education. There he met up with former bandmate Kári Streymoy and they started forming Týr. Heri's initial plan had been to pursue a degree in Indo-European Comparative Linguistics. However, since he spent most of his time playing guitar and failing classes, he decided to switch careers and attend the music conservatory in Copenhagen: Det Alternative Rytmiske Konservatorium (D.A.R.K.). Between 2000 and 2003 he studied at D.A.R.K., majoring in Guitar, Vocals and later Music Theory.
Heri is known for playing a 7-string guitar, onstage he uses a unique Mahogany style guitar designed by Bjarnastein, a Faroese company.
As of September, 2016, Joensen was still actively engaging in the hunting of pilot whales in the Faeroe Island. Because of ongoing public conflicts with Paul Watson of Sea Shepard, Týr gigs have been canceled at various European venues.
Joensen is also known for his language skills. He speaks Faroese, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, English, and German.
He made a few guest appearances, including a guitar solo in Alestorm's "Barrett's Privateers" and vocals in Ensiferum's cover in the album "From afar" of the song "Vandraren", originally a Nordman song.
Joensen has made regular appearances on a discussion panel show by local radio station R7 called Tvístøða ("Dilemma") where he discusses received questions in Faroese on a panel with two others. He has also composed the jingle appearing in the beginning and between questions of Tvístøða.
- Seigfried, Karl E. H. (6 November 2013). "Interview with Heri Joensen of Týr, Part Three". The Norse Mythology. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
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