Pauli Hanhiniemi (born in Alavus in 1964) is a Finnish singer, songwriter (composer and lyricist) and musician. Starting his career in 1982, he formed the famous Finnish rock band Kolmas Nainen in 1982. After the break-up of the band in 1994, he formed Pauli Hanhiniemen Perunateatteri that performed until 2005. He later joined Hehkumo, a band with more traditional sound. In 2009, the highly popular Kolmas Nainen returned with two new studio albums and great commercial success.
Pauli Hanhiniemi, a prolific singer, songwriter has been involved in writing songs for his formations Kolmas Nainen, Pauli Hanhiniemen Perunateatteri, Hehkumo as well as many other Finnish musical acts such as Edu Kettunen, Juliet Jonesin Sydän, Kerkko Koskinen, Anna Eriksson, Hauli Bros amongst others. For a comprehensive list, refer to fi:Luettelo Pauli Hanhiniemen kappaleista
Kolmas Nainen (literally The Third Woman in Finnish) is a successful Finnish rock band established in 1982 in Alavus was fronted by Pauli Hanhiniemi and came to fame after taking part in the 1984 Rockin SM-kisoissa, a rock music competition. The band survived for a decade releasing 7 studio albums in addition to a number of live albums, DVDs and compilations. The band is enjoying a comeback since 2009 with a string of new studio and compilation releases.
The original band was made up of:
Pauli Hanhiniemi - vocals, keyboards, harmonica, accordion,
Pasi Kallioniemi - drums, backing vocals,
Raimo Valkama - bass,
Sakari Pesola - guitar and backing vocals,
Timo Löyvä - guitar (1982-1989),
After guitarist Timo Löyvä left in 1989, he was replaced by:
Timo Kivikangas - guitar (1989-1994),
Kolmas Nainen Comeback in 2009
The band broke up in 1994, but continued performing on brief occasions owing to its popularity. In 2009, it made a big comeback with the release of the album Sydänääniä' that topped the Finnish Albums Chart and the follow up Me ollaan ne that reached number 2 in the same chart.
Pauli Hanhiniemen Perunateatteri:
Immediately after the break-up of the band, Pauli Hanhiniemen formed his band Pauli Hanhiniemen Perunateatteri that continued performing from 1994 until 2005. The band released seven albums and was made up of:
Pauli Hanhiniemi - vocals, harmonica, guitar, keyboard (1994-2005),
Pasi Hiidenniemi - guitar, backing vocals (1994-2005),
Mika Hiironniemi - drums (1994-2004) / replaced by:
Juppo Paavola - drums (2004-2005),
Samuli Happo - bass, backing vocals (1994-2005),
Tommi Laine - guitar, backing vocals (1998-2005),
Pauli Hanhiniemi and Hehkumo:
After break-up, main vocalist of the band Pauli Hanhiniemi continued performing solo and with the Finnish band Hehkumo. Materials were mainly traditional Finnish music and instruments but with a modernized twist.
The band was formed of:
Pauli Hanhiniemi - vocals, guitar, harmonica, accordion,
Anne-Mari Kivimäki - 5-row accordion, tamburin, vocals,
Piia Kleemola - violin, viola, 15-string Kantala, vocals,
Antti Paalanen - accordion,
Juppo Paavola - drums, percussion,
Ville Rauhala - double bass, vocals,
Mika Virkkala - mandolin, octave violin, viola,
Pauli Hanhiniemi and Hehkumo released two studio albums: Muistoja tulevaisuudesta in 2006 with singles including "Suvisivakointia / Hurja poika", "Suolammen vettä" and "Tähtiin kirjoitettu". This was followed by the album Aukkoja tarinassa in 2008 with singles "Meitä onni hipaisi" and "Vanhanaikainen". The 2008 album made it to number 14 in the Finnish Albums Chart. the band also released a short film Aukkoja tarinassa in 2008.1