Hilland Country Festival coming up next saturday, sept 17th!


We’ve got Anna Puu as a special guest w/ Hilland Playboys, an other great bands too!

Ravintola Kaisaniemi September 17th, tickets from




Hey some new tabs at Tabs page!





Tomorrow, June 25th marks the monday number 100 at our weekly live country music club, Hilland Mondays! Got some great guests sitting in with us tomorrow, for example the great Marko Haavisto! See you there!


Juttutupa, Säästöpankinranta 6, Helsinki

Showtime 8pm








Hey everybody, big news! Starting this June, our weekly live country music club “Hilland Mondays” will be held at a new venue! Juttutupa is one of the greatest live music clubs in Helsinki, we’re glad to inform that we’ll be playing there every monday! Until then, the Boothill club is still on, see you there before we move!


Also, couple of other gigs coming up:

18/5 Suvanto, Helsinki. Duo with Antti Vuorenmaa feat. Tomi Kettunen on guitar

28/5 Kumpulan Kyläjuhlat, Pauli Halme Trio feat. Anna Puu

18/6 Truck’n’Lily Festival, Liljendal, Pauli Halme Trio


Check the gigs-page for updates!





Hey, new tabs! Check out the Guitar Stuff -page!




Hey! From now on, Hilland Mondays starts already at 7pm! So every monday night at Boothill, Lönnrotinkatu 25, Helsinki. Live country music 19-22, free entry!






A little tour coming up, check out the Gigs-page!

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(photo: Pasi Rytkönen)


Hi! Next monday, our weekly club night “Hilland Mondays” turns one year old. We started the club Sept. first last year and have been playing country music every monday night since then! Next monday will include something special, few guests etc. so be there!

And of course “Hilland Mondays” will continue every monday night at Boot Hill (Lönnrotinkatu 25, Helsinki), so feel free to pop in any monday! Showtime 8pm, no cover charge!



Also remember the first annual Hilland Country Fest!


Tickets on sale at TIKETTI.FIHillandCountryFest_insta_beige2








Hi! Sorry for things getting a little quiet here… Anyway, here’s what’s up next:


10/7 Hämeenlinna, Suistoklubi (Solo performance+Mudville 56 feat. Anna Puu)

25/7 Helsinki, Juttutupa (Antti Vuorenmaa/Pauli Halme duo)

6/8 Helsinki, Semifinal (Antti Vuorenmaa/Pauli Halme duo w/Esko Järvelä Epic Male Band)

14/8 Hauho TBA

19/8 Hilland Acoustic Nights @ Suvanto w/special guest Tarja Merivirta

20/8 Helsinki, Art Goes Kapakka/Taiteiden Yö TBA

19/9 Helsinki, Hilland Country Fest 2015, Ravintola Kaisaniemi CHECK OUT THE FLYER BELOW!


And of course, Hilland Mondays every single monday night at Boothill, Helsinki 8pm.






It has been a very nice early spring tour for me, thanks everyone who has attended my shows at Kuopio, Turku, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Porvoo, Lahti, Jyväskylä… Thanks! Still a few shows coming up plus some new dates will be added for later spring and summer, keep your eyes on the Gigs -page.


Next wednesday will be the date for our very first Hilland Acoustic Nights -club. Those nights will consist of my solo guitar performances mixed with duo-performances with mandolinist Antti Vuorenmaa. And of course some very special guests later on.


The club will be held once a month at Kahvila Suvanto, Vallila, Helsinki. Here’s the flyer for the first night 18/3:





Hello Helsinki!


Next week I will play a concert at Katajanokan Kitarasalonki. It’s a part of “Soiva Puu” -concert series. To reserve a seat, email Concert starts at 7pm, optional cover charge.





Hi and Happy New Year!


This year will start with a few shows promoting my new album, the first being tomorrow 8.1.2015 at Paahtimo, Porvoo. For other dates check out the Gigs-page


And also get the new album!


Also remember our weekly Hilland Mondays club night every monday at Boothill, Helsinki. Every Monday!







Thank you Korjaamo!


The record release concert was amazing, thanks everyone who was there! And if you missed it, keep your eyes on the Gigs-page, I’ve got a bunch of new concerts coming up, I’ll add them to the calendar as soon as they’re confirmed.


Order the new album!






It’s less than week ’till the record release concert, get your tickets NOW! See you!




So here they are! Just got the first copies of the new album, it looks and sounds so good! The release date is November 19th, if you want yours delivered by that, go clicking here: buy

Also, remember the release concert at Korjaamo, Helsinki. Nov 19th!





Hi! Here’s the first song from my next album! The song and album are both titled “This Time It’s Personal”, and will be out Nov. 19th. Can’t wait!

In the meanwhile you can get your tickets for the release party at Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo in Helsinki, Nov.19th. Tickets!




Hi again! Our Hilland Mondays -country music club continues tonight (MONDAY!!). If you’re in Helsinki, be there!

Bar Boothill, Lönnrotinkatu 25, Free Entry!, Showtime 8pm.


Also, my new album will be released in November, but you can already get your tickets to the RECORD RELEASE PARTY (Nov.19th)! Just follow this link! I’m gonna play a solo guitar set and after that our band will be joined by Finnish guitar legend Esa Pulliainen! This will be a night to remember, I’m so excited! Be sure to get your tickets early, as the venue is quite small…






What a great start for our new weekly monday club! Here’s a little photo of me taking my turn on the steel guitar:



See you again next monday sept. 8th! Showtime 8pm, FREE ENTRY! Bar Boothill, Lönnrotinkatu 25, Helsinki.






Great news Helsinki! Starting next monday (1/9) I will be hosting a weekly country & western music club at Boothill! Every monday night we will play at least two sets of great country music for your listening pleasure! Please be there! Here’s the poster for the club:


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Also my next album is already recorded and almost mixed! It’s an all acoustic solo finger style guitar album, and I really like the way it turned out. It will be out sometime in November, I’ll let you know when I get the exact date!








Unfortunately our gig in Kotka next friday (8/8) was CANCELLED. We’ll try to find another date later this fall, we’ll see…


Anyway, I’ve got some good news coming within the next few weeks, so check back soon!






Thanks Puistoblues! We had a great time!


This weekend we will be heading to Rääkkylä for Kihaus Folk festival, see you there!







It’s time for Rootsinpyhtää Bluegrass festival this weekend! I’ll be playing there early saturday afternoon with Ice Blue Grass Band. Be there early if you want to catch us! Lots of great mountain music from friday to sunday!




Thanks Espa! It was little cold and rainy, but thankfully got a bit of crowd despite the weather… What a fun!


This friday I’ll be playing at Korjaamo, Helsinki with my good friends from Mudville 56 feat. Anna Puu. This is an one-of-a-kind -event, so don’t miss it! We’ll also do a little radio visit playing a song or two that afternoon (12.00) at Radio Helsinki (98,5mHz, Helsinki)

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Hey! It’s finally time to kick of our little summer tour for 2014 with the Lost Lovers. The first gig is at Espan Lava, Helsinki this wednesday, showtime 16.30. Check out rest of the dates on the Gigs page.


Another event for this week is a special record release party for Mudville 56 at Korjaamo, Helsinki. We’re gonna do a set of old school rockabilly & country with the great Anna Puu on lead vocals. Don’t miss this! Here’s a little goofy photo from our rehearsals…






This saturday I’ll play at Juttutupa, Helsinki with Ice Blue Grass Band, come see us! Showtime 21.30, no cover charge! See you!





Thank You Storyville, what a great night!









Helsinki! This saturday (1/3) we’re playing at jazz club Storyville!


We’ll start at 8.30pm with a acoustic bluegrass set followed by two sets with my electric band. After midnight another great country band “The Luxury Liner” will take the stage, and they’ll keep you dancing for another three sets, so it’s gonna be a real all-nighter!


Tickets 10e, you can get one in advance from Tiketti. See you there!






15/2 2014


Gear” -page finally updated! And couple of new dates on “Gigs” -page too!






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I had a great time at the guitar clinic at F-Musiikki Vantaa yesterday! Thanks for everybody that showed up, nice to see so many people there. And thanks for all the great questions too!


In case you missed the show, you can check it out at It can be viewed for free for limited time only, so check it out now! Or just get a membership and get your access to all the material, there’s tons of good stuff, and next week we’ll be shooting some new fingerstyle lessons!



– Pauli


ps. I promise I’ll finally get the “Guitar gear” -section started next week…


30/1 2014


I’ll have an acoustic fingerstyle guitar clinic this saturday (the 1st of Feb) at F-Musiikki Vantaanportti, Vantaa. It starts at 12.00 and it’s free. AND if you can’t make it there, it will also be streamed online at


More info: Rockway


I’ll be also making some new instructional material for rockway next week, so check back to their site every once in a while. And there’s LOTS of other great stuff there too, btw…



28/1 2014



HÄMEENLINNA! Tomorrow, wednesday 29th of Jan, i’m in town with the great Ice Blue Grass Band. We’re playing at Albertin Kellari, AP-klubi, showtime 20. See you there!



14/1 2014


HELSINKI! This Thursday, 16th of Jan, we’re plaing at Cafe Mascot (Neljäs linja 2). Come see us, it’s gonna be exciting! Free entry, showtime 22.



5/1 2014


Thank You Turku!


Photo: Esa Haltia


We had a great gig at Street Bar 95 last night, thanks to everyone who came! What an audience, I hope we get to come back to Turku soon!


In case you missed it, here’s your chance to see what was happening. It’s my steel player Antti Vuorenmaa taking his turn on lead vocal. The song is our country-funk style version of this Del McCoury classic “Don’t You Call My Name”.


Next gig in Helsinki, Cafe Mascot 16/1. See you there!





1/1 2014


Hi! Happy 2014 and welcome to my brand new website!


So, 2013 was quite exciting for us, my first album “Sounds Like Bad Fiction” is finally out! More info here. And there’s lots of good things coming up in 2014 too!


We’ll kick of this new year in Turku this saturday, we’re playing at Street Bar 95.

If you’re around, come check us out! Tickets are 6e, and we will play two sets starting at 23.00.

Check out “Gigs” -page for more chances to catch us live!


You’ll also find me on Facebook & Youtube, so please go there and click all the “like” -buttons you find!




See you out there!