Fado, The soul of Portugal



Find fado music venues in US. Restaurants and other venues featuring Portuguese fado music events, fado nights (noite de fado) or concerts in the US  and Canada. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California, Kansas .... Toronto, Ontario, Mississauga and more.

Fado in the US!

Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streets and back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early 1800's.


Today, fado has gained its position in the World Music circuit.  Fado is very much alive not only in Lisbon, Portugal but also in the US and Canada where many fado performances and fado night events take place.


Fado music and lyrics can convey feelings of love, joy, sadness, pain passion and loss. This traditional Portuguese music is enjoying a major resurgence, spurred on by UNESCO's designation of fado as "World Immaterial and Cultural Patrimony"


The word fado comes from Latin "fatum" meaning “fate” or “destiny”.  A common theme in fado songs is "saudade". The word "saudade" is difficult to translate in any language. It refers to a longing for a happier moment in a person's life and a yearning and hopefulness towards re-living that moment.


Fado is usually associated with the cities of Lisboa and Coimbra in Portugal where it flourished.


Fado music is the national song of Portugal. It is very intertwined with Portuguese culture. To truly understand Portuguese culture one needs to experience a Noite de Fados (Fado Night).


Lisbon bairros (districts) where fado music flourished include: Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Madragoa and  Alcantara


Fado singers (male or female) are usually accompanied by a portuguese  guitar (12 string guitar) and a viola (6 string acoustic guitar)



Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 6 pm

Toronto, Ontario - Canada

Casa da Madeira Community Centre

Fado Singers: Manuel Silva, Teresa Santos, Luis Ferraz

Musicians: Nuno Cristo, Tony Melo, Sergio Santos


Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 6 pm

Pawuucket, RI - USA

Uniao Portuguesa Benificente

Singers: Tania, Jeremias Macedo and Jose Ribeiro

Musicians: Lima Brothers and Pedro Pimentel.

This event is a fundraiser for Sebastian Calado

  Fado from Portugal in US


  October 2014 - US Tour


Friday, October 10, 2014

UMass Lowell Fisher Recital Hall

Durgin Hall, South Campus

35 Wilder St., Lowell, MA, 01854


Sunday, October 12,  2014 @ 3 PM

Atasca Restaurant

50 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA


Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7 PM

Clube Luis de Camões

10 Collins St. Peabody, MA 01960


Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 8 PM

New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill , New Bedford, MA


Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 2PM

Woburn Portuguese American Recreation Club

82 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801

  Portuguese fadista Duarte, an award-winning  artist and

  fixture of Lisbon's fado   scene, was on tour in the US during

  the fall of 2014 in support of his upcoming CD. Duarte has

  toured  extensively throughout Portugal and Europe and

  performs regularly at Sr. Vinho, one of Lisbon's most

  storied fado houses. In addition to his work as a singer, he

  is a composer, lyricist and instrumentalist. This is his first

  tour of the United States.


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 ....