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Teitur @ Sala Rossa, May 9

Posted by Paloma / May 10, 2008

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I mistakenly believed Teitur (pronounced tie-tor) to be from Sweden, and was all set to analogize his music to the wares of the other great Swedish export — Ikea’s sturdy and trendy furniture, and tasty meatballs and cinnamon buns. But as I found out at his concert at Sala Rossa on Friday night, he hails from the Faroe Islands, which fall under Denmark’s jurisdiction, halfway between Iceland and Norway. The tiny archipelago is decorated with stunning landscapes, and Teitur’s songs mimicked the scenic beauty of the islands.


Backed by a group of multi-instrumentalists (each of the five band members sang or played at least two of the acoustic guitar, cello (both electric and conventional), bass, xylophone, trombone, sax, and clarinet), Teitur played from his newest album, The Singer, and his earlier albums. But the standout instrument was the singer himself. His clear voice soared over and above, singing in both English and Faroese.

Maybe musical influences take longer to reach the geographically isolated islands, and so the nostalgia was felt all over: from the back-up singers’ flapper dresses to the oooh ooohs on the 50’s Catherine the Waitress. On his breakout track, Louis Louis, Teitur asked of Louis Armstrong to “Please come back to the quiet generation/We don’t have any representation.”

I arrived too late to catch Helgi Jonsson’s opening set (the Reykjavik native also plays in Teitur’s band). The acoustic performance by the other opener, Tina Dico, showed off her strong voice but also her flat songs.

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8 Comments

Jenny / May 11, 2008 at 02:26 am
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I like it how you, not I, plugged in Ikea. Coincidence? ;)
Paloma / May 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm
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I'm not sure... are you swedish? Or do you love inexpensive furniture?
golu dolls / February 14, 2019 at 09:33 pm
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nice post
kanchipuram sarees / February 14, 2019 at 09:34 pm
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nice post
kanchipuram sarees / February 14, 2019 at 09:34 pm
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nice post
herbal powder / February 14, 2019 at 09:35 pm
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nice post

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