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


Hillbilly Falls

Keep On Marching


Joe’s Café Blues

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


Upcoming shows

  • 08.12.2017 Kolme Lyhtyä · Lappeenranta
  • 15.12.2017 Golden Classics Cafe & Bar · Helsinki
  • 27.01.2018 Malmitalo · Helsinki
  • 16.03.2018 Kairo · Kotka
  • 23.03.2018 Cafe Zoceria · Espoo
  • 06.04.2018 Endla Jazzklubi · Pärnu

Past Gigs

Past Gigs…
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

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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New JR stuff on Tony Corner's Blues Corner radio show this Sunday November 12th, starting at 6PM UK Time (US - 10AM Pacific/12PM Central/1pm Eastern), there will be new releases from Gwyn Ashton, Jo Harman, Larkin Poe, Joensuu Riihimaki etc..
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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 (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

Joensuu Riihimäki are an americana roots rock band from Finland.

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 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 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, Esperanza Spalding and Sting, too. A certain degree of pop sensibility can be heard popping up every now and then - more in the catchiness of the songs than in the overall sound.

Their first single 'Joe's Café Blues' was released on Puuma Records in May 2014. As the single was nicely received, Sami and Kari started doing gigs right away. 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 'Greetings From The Edge Of The World' record release tour shows in Estonia and Finland turned out to be killer - not to mention the great album reviews.

So far, two singles have been released from the critically acclaimed first album: the aforementioned 'Joe's Café Blues' and the tingling ballad 'Freefall'. Both songs have been released as videos too, the latter being a great mini movie with the most tragic story you could think of.

Now consisting of three members, the band sounds more like a cohesive group than before. Each one of them bring their ideas on the table, including their heart and soul. “We don’t have to try to force the vibe - it's very spontaneous. From there, we come up with a balance of songs and instrumentation that we believe people will immediately identify as JR.”

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.

Their yet untitled third album is currently being mixed with the new singles 'Keep On Marching' and 'Hillbilly Falls' already rocking the radio stations. "Just like '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.


Booking and management:
+358 50 361 7873
JR on Facebook
Band photo by Jäljen Jättiläinen