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Video of the Moment #1352: Teitur

 
By on Tuesday, 15th October 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur has a new album out this week – ‘Story Music’ – and this is the lead single from the release, ‘Rock and Roll Band’. Despite all his travels around the world, he recorded the single’s video on the Faroe Islands, and as such, it retains a homey, genuine feel that feels light years away from the standard pop video these days. (Snow! Sheep! Waterfalls! People in traditional outfits!) See what I mean by watching the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPf6DdwP_qo[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Teitur plays ‘The Singer’ at Washington, DC’s Hamilton

 
By on Friday, 14th September 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur graced the Hamilton earlier this month. (Missed my review? You’re in luck. You can read it here.) I nabbed this video from the encore: ‘The Singer’, requested by yours truly. Enjoy it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kuLM7fTPnI[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Teitur with Zia Hassan at the Hamilton, Washington DC – 1st September 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 4th September 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

I think most of us regular gig-goers have come to accept sore feet, achy craned necks, sticky floors and having our personal space encroached too many times when we mentally prepare ourselves to head out to a show. Saturday night, some friends and I had the opportunity to try out a new place that laughed in the face of all those terms because for once, we got to sit down, and it wasn’t because we were sat in a cold and unfeeling place like the Verizon Center.

No, the Hamilton exceeded all my expectations as a place that you could be waited on and order very good food and drink, be sat at a well-appointed table, and take in an acoustic show as if you were sitting in a some swish bar in the heart of New York City. While there was a table of young people getting drunk on a couple bottles of red wine and being just a bit annoying for talking and laughing through the show, all in all, I’d say it was a positive experience to be in a place within walking distance of the White House and some historic eateries and still be treated to a performance where I was comfortable.

A last minute support slot was announced for Zia Hassan, a local singer/songwriter who was welcomed to the stage as “the only artist who has ever played the Hamilton 2 nights in a row”. After Googling him, I learned that Hassan wasn’t kidding when said he could “write a song in 15 minutes”: his Bandcamp confirms this, with four album-length and two EP length releases to his name. After admitting that he was a massive Teitur fan and he was so honoured to be opening for one of his heroes. Starting with a jazzy cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock With You’ before segueing into another tune, Hassan admirably warmed up the audience with his engaging blend of well-played guitar and wit, delivered via a youthful voice with brief moments of falsetto.

Hassan also turned out to be more gregarious than Teitur himself; he regaled us with tales of him writing stories for his now fiance (‘New York’s Gonna Hate Us’), equated the loss of love with giving up an important possession (‘Wrecking Ball’) and a story written around something he drew on a napkin (‘Diagrams’). He also advertises, not so subtly, the fact that he’s a fully commissionable songwriter, explaining that his song ‘A Love Like That’ was written at the behest of a mate who was getting married, and ‘Carry My Love’ was based on a friend’s inability to have children of her own, only to have her sister carry her baby.

After a very brief intermission (brief because there wasn’t any gear to move around, as both of the musicians played acoustic guitar and a Yamaha grand piano already was sat on stage), it was Teitur‘s turn. I was disappointed in the turnout; maybe because Teitur has played at Jammin’ Java in Vienna so many times, all his fans are in Northern Virginia and refused to make the trek into DC? For sure though, I don’t think the usual patrons of the Hamilton are as well-versed as we are to wait for an encore, as many people just got up and left when Teitur first said his goodbyes. However, as our friend Kelly had requested ‘Your Great Book’ and Teitur had agreed on Twitter to play it, we knew more was coming. The tour had just started days before his newest EP, ‘Four Songs’, was released, and ‘Home’, one of the songs on the EP, got a live airing with Teitur on piano (see video below). The name of another song on the EP, ‘Jailhouse Gumbo Jones’, was explained away as that game / meme you play when you come up with your blues name and it was the resulting name of one of his friends.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz6zhrxs-74[/youtube]

Perhaps it was also jetlag and first show of the tour nerves, but Teitur didn’t seem as comfortable as he had been in February either. He tried playing a cover of the Carpenters’ ‘Close to You’ in honour of songwriter Hal David’s recent passing, but some of the notes were too high and Teitur himself admitted this was the first time he’d tried playing it live and he was nervous. He played on his guitar a song he said he’d written just minutes before called ’24 Rules’, looking down at a crib sheet of notes all the while (watch the video below). However, later in the show, I felt a shift in confidence, with Teitur joking about ‘You Get Me’, a song that will appear on Seal’s new album, yet the subject matter must not have worked since Heidi Klum left him. (Ooh, snap.) ‘I Was Just Thinking’ providing the most tender moment of the night and ‘Josephine’ the most wistful of childhood moment.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiAsl-IK0xY[/youtube]

Overall, I think the ambience of the Hamilton was perfect for a kind of performer like Teitur. It’s just a shame that more people weren’t aware of its existence, as I’m sure a full house would have made for a more electric experience.

After the cut: Teitur’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Teitur with Zia Hassan at the Hamilton, Washington DC – 1st September 2012

 

Live Review: Teitur with Marit Larsen at Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA – 24th February 2012

 
By on Monday, 27th February 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

It seems like lifetimes ago when I first heard Teitur guested on Radcliffe and Maconie’s show, then on Radio2, for an evening session in February 2009 (photo here). He did amazing live versions of ‘The Singer’ (still my favourite song of his to date; it slays me every time) and ‘Catherine the Waitress’ that left me spellbound. The man from the enchanting-sounding Faroe Islands has played Vienna’s Jammin’ Java coffee shop a couple of times over the years and has built up a loyal following in this Virginia suburb of Washington, but as I pointed out to my one of my friends who accompanied me to the show Friday night (who just happens to be named Catherine, in fact), I had never ventured out for a show to the relative “wilds” of Virginia just west of DC. (Insert guffaw here: turns out where I live some 40 miles north is even more out of the way than Vienna is; our traffic lights start flashing way before theirs do.)

We thought arriving shortly after doors opened, we would be early but in fact, the opener had just started her set. Young Norwegian Marit Larsen may be teeny and slight but her strong voice – a voice she has complete control over – makes a comparison to most other women on the music scene today impossible. As longtime TGTF readers know, I am pretty cynical when it comes to female singers, but she is the real deal. Larsen is not even 30 years old and she has already released 3 solo albums, not to mention the music she released as part of pop duo M2M in her teens.

She’s a bit soft-spoken but won over the crowd quickly with her endearing stage patter. Larsen talked of a longtime dream being fulfilled after being asked to join Teitur on his American tour; she made note of Leigh Nash’s (Sixpence None the Richer) future visit to the venue and said how much she adored her voice and asked the audience to say hello for her. She made everyone laugh when she admitted she was more prolific when upset so she put a sad song to an upbeat tempo and then it went on to #1 in four countries. Her personability on songs like ‘Steal My Heart’ (written, she confessed, to make a hot and cold boyfriend commit to her, to amazing success) make Larsen’s worry about when her “little girl” voice would mature a moot point: singer/songwriters flourish when they make a connection with the audience, and with her big voice, Larsen has what it takes to make it in this business.

One benefit of having two solo artists on a tour is that there’s no extra people to keep track of, nor are there any complicated gear issues, because all there is to worry about are a piano and a guitar. Except Teitur managed to accidentally leave behind his guitar Betty behind in another town. Thankfully for us, Teitur was reunited with his beloved and being the great performer he is, managed to weave this story (and even play a bluesy impromptu ode of Betty on the keys) along with many others into his all too short set for us. ‘Josephine’ was prefaced by a sad yet heartwarming story, as he explained the reason for their tardiness to Vienna: he performed for the poorly child of an English fan in hospital who loved the song; the Englishman told him she’d first heard the song at a UK festival, sat on her father’s lap. Bless.

The sudden passing of blues singer/songwriter Chris Whitley in 2005 impelled the Faroese singer to write ‘Legendary Afterparty’, which he sang with heartfelt remembrance of his friend and how they drank a six-pack of beer in an Austin motel . ‘Catherine the Waitress’ erupted into a fun sing-along as Teitur got everyone to sing the “woo woo woo” bits, to much comedic effect. Having played Jammin’ Java several times in the past, I’m sure he was aware of the possibility of a captive audience here on a Friday night. Nevertheless, his disarming nature and the exquisiteness of his songwriting and playing made his talent abundantly clear. More singer/songwriters could learn a thing or two from this humble chap from the Faroe Islands. Videos of the ode to Betty and the encore of ‘Poetry and Airplanes’ are below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7njdmOAiQp8[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYKsmn5xKTQ[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Teitur performs an acoustic version of ‘One and Only’ in Paris for Froggy’s Delight

 
By on Wednesday, 15th February 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

While some of us gleefully refer to our French friends as “frogs”, I thought it was a nice comeback for a Web site to call themselves Froggy’s Delight. (Come on. Admit it, it’s an adorable name.) I’m not an expert in French but it looks like this is a pop culture site with a strong music section and just yesterday, Teitur from the Faroe Islands revealed this live video performance of ‘One and Only’ filmed in Paris as a Valentine’s Day special. (Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I was inundated with last minute mp3s and videos for the special day and because I couldn’t post all of them in a timely fashion yesterday, I’m planning to go through what I did receive and pick out the best pieces for posting later.)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5z4XokYpPw[/youtube]

 
 
 

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