Back in 2003, when Third and Lindsley had yet to grow by knocking down its north wall, I saw a show there that I’ll never forget. In addition to co-headliners Glenn Tilbrook and Jill Sobule, an unknown singer-songwriter from the distant Faroe Islands opened and just knocked my socks off. The first song he played, “Josephine,” from his stunning debut LP. “Poetry & Airplanes” captivated these ears that usually have an impatient aversion to new music in the live setting.
I immediately became a fan of Teitur who professionally drops his last name of Lassen. Fortunately, he has taken a liking to what he likes to call “Nash-Vegas” and over the years, has made repeated visits back to town to play live and write. On this September night, he treated a room packed full of local fans like me to a fine set of music in the City Winery’s small and cozy upstairs room.
Alone on stage, Teitur switched between keyboard and acoustic guitar to spotlight his newest release I Want to Be Kind and made the room quite happy by rekindling four songs from his debut record. Teitur is a captivating performer with a delightful between-song banter that embraces both humor and humility.
Just two days later, I would get the unexpected surprise of his last-minute addition to the Pilgrimage Festival where I would also get to meet some of the fans I met at this show.
Teitur’s music is a treasure. If you have yet to discover him, start with that debut record, and I promise you that you will keep working your way through his delightful catalog.
- Looking for a Place
- To Be of Use
- Bird Calls
- If You’re Heart’s Not in It
- I Would Love You All the Same
- One and Only
- I Was Just Thinking
- I Want to Be Kind
- The Singer
- The Ocean
- Don’t Want You to Wake Up
Teitur – Vocals, Keyboard and Acoustic Guitar