Heri performing at the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival
|Born||February 21, 1973|
|Genres||Folk metal, Viking metal|
|Associated acts||Týr, Heljareyga, Alestorm, Wintersun, Ensiferum|
Heri Joensen (IPA: [ˈheːɹɪ ˈjoːɛnˌsɛn]) 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.
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", choir singing in "Sons of Winter and Stars" by Wintersun (in the album "Time I") and vocals in Ensiferum's cover in the album "From afar" of the song "Vandraren", originally a Nordman song. "