Heri Joensen

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Heri Joensen
Týr - Tuska 2008 - Heri Joensen 03.JPG
Heri performing at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
Background information
Born (1973-02-21) 21 February 1973 (age 45)
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
OriginFaroe Islands
GenresFolk metal, Viking metal
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1998–present
Associated actsTýr, 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Heri Joensen was born in the Faroese capital Tórshavn on February 21, 1973, but grew up in the small village of Lamba.

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.

In 2013, Heri matriculated to the University of the Faroe Islands studying the Faroese language and its literature.

Heri was raised Lutheran but became critical of Christianity and is now an atheist, although he is an admirer of pagan mythology.[2]


Heri is known for playing a 7-string guitar, onstage he uses a unique Mahogany style guitar designed by Bjarnastein, a Faroese company.

Other work[edit]

In April 2012, Joensen was involved in an online video debate with Captain Paul Watson for the Animal Planet series Whale Wars. Heri defended whaling in the Faroe Islands.[3]

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.[4]

Joensen is also known for his language skills. He speaks Faroese, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, English, and German.[5]

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.[6] He has also composed the jingle appearing in the beginning and between questions of Tvístøða.


  1. ^ http://www.heljareyga.fo/
  2. ^ Seigfried, Karl E. H. (6 November 2013). "Interview with Heri Joensen of Týr, Part Three". The Norse Mythology. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/26/local/la-me-gs-whale-wars-paul-watson-faroes-killing-friday-online-debate-20120426
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/joensen.heri/videos/1221246921273153/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE
  5. ^ http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/interview-groupe-Tyr_(DK)_(en)-id_inter-4973-l-en.html
  6. ^ https://r7.fo/news?NewsgroupIds=23

External links[edit]

Media related to Heri Joensen at Wikimedia Commons