Oliver s. Tyr

Organizer and manager for the group “FAUN”.

Master of Arts in medieval literature.
Over 25 years of musical experience and workshops on string instruments and medieval music.
(Nyckelharpa by Sonja Sahlström, Torbjörn Näsbom and Marco Ambrosini. / Celtic Harp by Betty Peterson and Uschi Laar).
Work as a studio musician for: Mediaeval Baebes, Eluveitie, Celtic Women, Corvus Corax, Schandmaul, and many more.

Also member of the music groups:
FOLK NOIR (dark folk)
KAUNAN (nordic folk)

1997 publishing of the poem collection “nach hinterhügelland” (to behind-hills-land) with Bunte Raben publishing house.
1997 awarded with the Leonhard and Ida Wolf memorial Award for literature.

Vocals, Celtic harp, Irish Bouzouki, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Guitar, Mandora and Contrabasharpa.

Oliver s. Tyr – WANDERLUST
Short stories & Photography

In 2016 Oliver s. Tyr released this new book of short stories, memories and fotos of his journeys as a musician and traveller.
This book is only available at the merchandise booth at FAUN concerts and only in the German language.

Oliver s. Tyr – M E E R E
Book of Poems

Oliver s. Tyr released in June 2010 the second edition of his poem collection MEERE with poems and song lyrics in German.
This book is only available at concerts in Germany.


1. What makes you happy?
Poetry and poetic moments.

2. What makes you unhappy?
Missing sensitivity, missing sympathy.

3. What is your zodiac sign/ ascendant?
Capricorn/ ascendant Leo.

4. What was the first CD/LP you bought?
Dschingis Khan: Dschingis Khan –
well I was very young you know 😉

5. Which was the first concert you visited?
Chris de Burgh – with my parents
(also then I was very young you know.)

6. What inspired you musically?
The sound of wood, the melodies in leaves, ballads and poems, folk songs, singer-songwriters and sometimes just my own fingers playing subconcious with the strings of a lute or some other instrument.

7. Who were the heroes of your childhood?
Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter, Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh.

8. What were your earlier bands/projects called?
Many nameless rock bands in dubious cellars, nonetheless we had some gigs with the famous “project paul”.

9. Which was your best Faun-Concert up till now?
Oh, it is very unfair to have just one answer here and limited space. Sometimes it is the big festival moments, that you love. Just many thousand people celebrating together in a warm summer night, but than again also these momenta are magical, where you play a seated concerts in a nice theater for example and all the focus is just on a soft ballad or the fading last chord of a celtic harp.

10. Which Faun song is your favorite?
Huh, this is a difficult question as well, because I am attached to so many of them. They are like travel companions and very loyal friends to me. But there are certain songs, that you have to play live if you play a concert otherwise it feels you missed something that evening. For many years such a song was “Rosmarin” now it is “Alba”.

11. Which book moved you?
It is also very difficult, just to name one single book here. But I was always very much inspired by poems and ballads. Luckily we have such a lot of beautifull german poems like for example of R.M. Rilke, I. Bachmann, J. Eichendorff, S. Kirsch, but also english ones, like W.B.Yeats, J. Keats and so many more.

12. Which CD influence you?
I think concerning music and CDs I may be called an addict. But on one of the higher places of this huge pile will always be:
Hednigarna – Karelia Visa and Dead Can Dance – Into the labyrinth

13. Which movie moved you last?
I still am working on the series 2 of Catweazel, the magician of 1969.

14. Which actor/actress makes you weak in the knees?
I think much more important than classical beauty is to be confident with yourself and to have found your own path. If than comes a portion of hedonism on top, there is no need of an actress anymore, to get weak knees.

15. Which mythological figure would you chose to be?
Pan, surrounded by nymphs and wine.

16. What is your favorite food?
Vegetarian food with exotic spices. Important is fresh coriander, fennel and a lots of ginger.

17. What would you be doing, if you weren’t a musician?
Struggling to survive as a poor poet.

18. Where do you see yourself at the age of 60?
I will have a very long beard and will be playing ballads on a lute in a circus tent on a festival in South England, or hopefully something similar 😉

19. Which band or which artist would you like to work with?
I am very thankful already for all the great artists and musicians I could collaborate in the last years. But for sure I wouldn’t say no to Hedningarna or Dead Can Dance 😉

20. What would you like to give to your listeners?
A gate into the enchanting world of myths and ballads.