Latest album 'Where's the fire, John' available in these amazing stores, LP version as well : Moose Shop Levykauppa Äx 8raita iTunes Store Record Heaven (SWE)
Debut album 'Greetings from the Edge of the World' still available in these amazing stores: Levykauppa Äx 8raita iTunes Store Presence Records




On Spotify

JR-Where's The Fire, John ?

Where's The Fire, John ?

On Spotify

Greetings from the Edge of the World

Greetings from the Edge of the World

On Spotify


Hillbilly Falls

Keep On Marching


Joe’s Café Blues


Upcoming shows

Past Gigs

Past Gigs…

27.01. Malmitalo, Helsinki
16.02. Sture 21, Helsinki
23.02. Irish Pub OWC, Raahe
24.02. Irish Pub OWC, Raahe

20.01. Baari, Turku
02.02. Buena Vista Sofa Club, Rakvere (EST)
03.02. J.R. Schrammi Keller, Tartu (EST)
04.02. One Pint, Helsinki
10.02. Tuba, Oulu
11.02. Club Flirt, Raahe
24.02. Kolme Lyhtyä, Lappeenranta
24.03. Cafe Zoceria, Espoo
16.04. Captain Nemo, Halikko
27.05. Sointiklubi, Forssa
01.07. Ruiskuhuone, Raahe
14.07. DADO, Pyhäjoki
15.07. Suomussalmi Rock (Kianta-laiva), Suomussalmi
15.07. Suomussalmi Rock (Seurahuone), Suomussalmi
22.07. Country Festival, Orimattila
27.07. Pärnu Bluusipäevad, Pärnu (EST)
05.08. Kairo, Kotka
11.08. Lossiranta, Angelniemi
12.08. VelluFest, Pertteli
08.09. Albertin Kellari, Hämeenlinna
29.09. Von Glehni Teater, Tallinna (EST)
30.09. Buena Vista Sofa Club, Rakvere (EST)
07.10. Kairo, Kotka
13.10. Opus K, Lohja
03.11. Sture 21, Helsinki
08.12. Kolme Lyhtyä, Lappeenranta
16.12. Golden Classics Cafe & Bar, Helsinki

30.03. A-P Klubi, Hämeenlinna
02.04. Tytyrin kaivosmuseo, Lohja
30.04. Private, Kaarina
28.05. Rekolan Kino, Vantaa
10.06. Baari, Turku
02.07. Levykauppa X, Turku
16.07. Suomussalmi-Rock, Jätkänpuisto, Suomussalmi
16.07. Suomussalmi-Rock, Rock-risteily, Suomussalmi
16.07. Suomussalmi-Rock, Töpäri, Suomussalmi
26.07. Pärnu Bluusipäevad, Pärnu (EST)
27.07. Texas, Tallinna (EST)
29.07. Kotkan Meripäivät, Kotka
06.08. DADO, Pyhäjoki
27.08. Rytmiklubi, Turku
23.09. Private, Piikkiö

18.04. Levykauppa Äx, Turku
24.04. Pikku-Torre, Turku
06.05. Time Out Pub, Kerava
07.05. Texas, Tallinna (EST)
08.05. JahtKlubi, Pärnu (EST)
27.05. Albertin kellari, Hämeenlinna.
05.06. Dylan Bistro Bar, Helsinki
25.06. Turku Acoustic festivaali
27.06. Tori, Hämeenlinna
09.07. Henry’s Pub, Helsinki
10.07. Raision teatteri, Raisio
26.07. VelluFest, Pertteli
29.07. Texas, Tallinn (EST)
30.07. Pärnu Bluusipäevad, Parnu (EST)
29.08. Private, Pertteli
16.10. Radio Autere, Mänttä
31.10. Private, Tarvasjoki
01.11. Rytmiklubi, Turku


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Kriitikoiden valinnat 2017! Highwater kovassa seurassa Riku Metelisen listalla. Blues News 1/2018
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20th of February 2018 11:23 AM
"Joensuu Riihimäki on kaikissa tekemisissään ainutlaatuinen. Siinä missä useimmat artistit tekevät saman albumin yhä uudelleen, JR matkaa aina uusille vesille. Albumi onkin ennakko-odotuksiin ja edeltäjiinsä nähden miellyttävän erilainen ja monipuolinen.", Riku Metelinen / Blues News 1/2018
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”No matter what path Joensuu Riihimäki takes with Highwater, it doesn’t disappoint. Give Highwater a go.”, Caitlin's Reviews



photo by Jaakko Mylly / Jäljen Jättiläinen

photo by Jaakko Mylly / Jäljen Jättiläinen

Sami Joensuu - Vocals & acoustic guitar, banjo, harp
photo by Jaakko Mylly / Jäljen Jättiläinen

photo by Jaakko Mylly / Jäljen Jättiläinen

Kari Riihimäki - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar
photo by Jaakko Mylly / Jäljen Jättiläinen

photo by Jaakko Mylly / Jäljen Jättiläinen

Mika "Moilu" Moilanen - Percussion, backing vocals



Joe’s Café Blues/A Pale Wind Comin’ (single) 2014
Greetings From The Edge Of The World 2015
Seven Days (single) 2016
Where’s The Fire John? 2016
Keep On Marching (single) 2017
Hillbilly Falls (single) 2017
21 (single) 2017
Highwater 2017

'Highwater' is the third album from the earthy americana roots rockers from Finland, Joensuu Riihimäki.

Released on December 1, 2017, 'Highwater' includes all their recent singles 'Keep On Marching', 'Hillbilly Falls' and '21' which are already rocking the radio stations in different countries like Finland, USA, Spain, Australia, UK, Canada and Estonia.

At the moment, things are looking good for Joensuu Riihimäki. "Just like our last album 'Where's The Fire, John?' clearly wasn't a 'Greetings From The Edge Of The World' part 2, this new one will break new ground for us, too. It's a fresh new direction while definitely staying true to our ROOTS.", says the band.

A busy schedule of gigs is set for the spring and summer of 2018.

But it took a while to get here...

The origins of the union go back a couple of years, when singer, guitarist and band's main songwriter Sami Joensuu met guitarist Kari Riihimäki at the songwriter's club he was hosting at the time. Things clicked right away and the band evolved from there, hence the name Joensuu Riihimäki (JR). Both last names are also town names in Finland, adding a nice touch to band's road imagery.

The band's mission is to combine singer-songwriter tradition of great songs and various styles within a roots rock group setting.

And sure enough, various music styles are exactly what the musicians in the band grew up listening to, so there's a lot to draw from when it comes to arranging songs. The music of the band has been described as a colourful combination of earthy roots rock and heartfelt singer-songwriter stuff. Influences like J.J. Cale, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Joni Mitchell, The Doors and B.B. King can be heard living in perfect harmony with more modern influences as the musicians in the band get inspired on stuff like U2, Mark Knopfler, Jack White, Tom Petty, Esperanza Spalding, John Mayer and Sting, too.

Their first single 'Joe's Café Blues' was released on Puuma Records in May 2014. Soon after, Joensuu Riihimäki won the 'Band Of The Year 2014' award in Turku Music Awards in their hometown (and actually scored Top 3 next year). The debut album 'Greetings From The Edge Of The World' followed in April 2015. The band did have a great summer and fall as all of the record release tour shows in Estonia and Finland turned out to be killer - not to mention the great album reviews.

The single 'Seven Days' was released in April 2016, and the highly anticipated second album 'Where's The Fire, John?' on July 1, 2016. Record release tour and rave reviews followed.

After their successful Winter Tour 2017 the band went back to the studio to work on their third album 'Highwater'. The album was mixed during their 'Keep On Marching' summer tour and released soon after.

Now consisting of three solid members Sami Joensuu, Kari Riihimäki and percussionist Moilu Moilanen - plus additional musicians on the albums - the band sounds more like a cohesive group than before. “We never force the vibe - it's very spontaneous ...and we like to work fast.”