Tenhi is a Finnish band formed in 1996, playing melancholic neofolk music.

GenresDark folk, progressive folk, neofolk
Years active1996–present
LabelsProphecy Productions, UTUstudio
Associated actsHarmaa
MembersTyko Saarikko
Ilmari Issakainen
Past membersIlkka Salminen

The music of Tenhi is minimalistic and dark. Usually, the rhythm instrument lines follow the customs of modern rock music. The melodical instruments and vocals are however very heavily folk-influenced. The basic instrumentarium of the band consists of acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Frequent additional instruments include piano, violin, viola and flute and less frequent didgeridoo, mouth harp, harmonium, cello, udu and synthesizer.



  • Tyko Saarikko – vocals, piano, harmonium, synth, guitar, percussions, didgeridoo, jew's harp, udu
  • Ilmari Issakainen – drums, piano, guitar, bass, percussions, backing vocals

The corecrew writes all the material and is in charge of the cover artwork as well.

Additional/session musiciansEdit

  • Inka Eerola – violin
  • Janina Lehto – flute
  • Jaakko Hilppö – backing vocals, live bass
  • Tuukka Tolvanen – backing vocals, live guitar
  • Paula Rantamäki – live violin in 2007

Former membersEdit

  • Ilkka Salminen – vocals, guitar, bass, harmonium, percussions (1996–2008)
  • Eleonora Lundell – violin, viola (1998–2001)
  • Veera Partanen – flute (1999–2000)
  • Kirsikka Wiik – cello (on the Väre album)



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