Fado, The soul of Portugal


Fado in the US!

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 Ana LainsSings Fado, the Soul of PortugalThursday, July 28, 2016The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville, MADoors open at 6 pm.   Showtime is 7 pm sharpSeating for dinner is first come first serveTICKETSPortuguese fado singer Ana Laíns performs at The Burren in an intimate acoustic evening of soulful Portuguese music. Ana's music has received widespread critical and artistic acclaim nationally and internationally, including numerous prizes as well as a year-long tour  as international ambassador of the Portuguese language, culminating with her highly successful visit to the US last year. Ana will be joined by renowned fado musicians Sandro Costa and António Neto, both of whom have performed worldwide with Mariza and other luminaries of the fado.This is a rare opportunity to experience the roots of the fado--straight from Lisbon.30 YEARS OF TRADITIONTHE LOWELL FOLK FESTIVALJULY 29, 30 and 31, 2016Featuring:Ana Lains – Fado from Portugal Ana Laíns is one of the brightest stars in Portugal’s centuries-old tradition of fado singing. She brings a bell-like clarity to this genre of minor-key laments about the hardships of life at sea, the pressures of urban poverty, and, above all, the heartbreak of romance. Like all the legendary fadistas (female fado singers), Lains aims for the experience of saudade, the feeling that one has been overcome by fate and carried away like a stick caught in the water’s current. Often described as the soul of the Portuguese people, fado is arguably the world’s oldest urban folk music, having emerged from the bustling cafes and side streets of old Lisbon in the early 19th century. A true fadista embodies the soulfulness of this musical tradition, delivering lyrics with barely controlled raw emotion. “People think of it as a sad music, full of sentiment, sang by nostalgic women,” Laíns says. “And that is true, but there is more to it than that. It was first sung by sailors and other men in the 19th century.Most of the times, traditional fado has no melody, and it is part of a good fado singer’s job, to improvise and create his or her own style.” Laíns grew up in the rural Portuguese region of Ribatejo, but at the age of 19 she moved to Lisbon to become a professional singer. There she honed her skills in the traditional fado houses—small, darkened taverns where locals listen to fado over wine. She had her breakthrough when she won Lisbon’s “Grande Noite de Fado” (“Grand Night of the Fado”), the country’s top fado competition. This led to her 2006 debut album, Sentidos, which expanded the scope of fado to include international influences. “Fado—like jazz, flamenco or tango—cannot stand still, because time doesn’t stop,” Laíns explains. “I want to keep … singing in my language of Portuguese, because I feel blessed to have been born in such an amazing country.” The festival performances of Ana Lains are presented in collaboration with the Saab Family and the Portuguese / American Cultural Exchange. 


Nathalie Pires NATHALIE TOUR 2016   Aug 03 Lncoln Center - Damrosch Park, w/Manhattan CamerataNew York, NY Aug 15 ∙ Musical Theater Heritage, w/Ensemble IbéricaKansas City, MO, USA Aug 16 ∙ Musical Theater Heritage, w/Ensemble IbéricaKansas City, MO, USA TICKETS Aug 26 ∙ The American Folk FestivalBangor, ME, USA Aug 30 ∙ City WineryNew York, NY, USA Set 09 ∙ The 76th National Folk FestivalGreensboro, NC, USA   











Other Sites of Interest

Fado Today. A blog about things happening now in the fado of Lisbon.

Listen to fado music in Boston area, Cambridge, Fall River, Lowell, New Bedford, Peabody, New Bedford,  Newington, Providence ....