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An Audience with Tyr

In a unique collaboration between the Varmints and the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, Heri Joensen of Tyr talks with an audience of archaeologists about the band’s heritage and influences. The research seminar, held in the Department on Friday 17 February, came at the end of a week-long Viking Festival, an annual event in the city which Tyr closed the following night with a gig at Fibbers. The recording forms part of a two hour show broadcast on Friday 16 March (from 2200 hrs GMT), accessible live via the Varmints website and online thereafter, and through 10 Radio. The theme of this show is unsurprisingly 'Vikings'.

This will not be the last you hear of the Vikings. Dr Steve Ashby (previously of this column, and a Viking artefact specialist) and John Varmint are researching the connections between the various Nordic Metal genres and cultural heritage. Their study will look at symbolism, authenticity and lyrical content, amongst other things, and the connections that exist between music, heritage and place...

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