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August 2016


 2016 FEAST OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENTNew Bedford, MAMUSEUM CAFÉ ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016 7:30 – 11:30 pmAna Vinagre, Fado SingerViriato Ferreira, Viola ClassicaJose Silva, Guitarra Portuguesa FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016 7:30 – 11:30 pmTanyia Da Silva, Fado SingerJeremias Macedo, Fado SingerViriato Ferreira, Viola ClassicaJose Silva, Guitarra Portuguesa SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016 7:30 – 11:30 pmSonia Bettencourt, Fado SingerCarlos Furtado, Fado SingerViriato Ferreira, Viola ClassicaJose Silva, Guitarra Portuguesa   



 Nathalie PiresSings traditional Portuguese fadoAmerican Folk Festival - Bangor, MEAugust 26,27 and 28, 2016 Nathalie Pires, who started at the age of thirteen, immediately began to be noticed by the bright tone of her voice, stage presence, and the feelings transmitted every time she sang the beautiful songs. We appreciate the support of TD Bank in brining Nathalie and her unique singing traditions to the Bangor Waterfront! Nathalie Pires Tuesday, August 30, 2016City Winery - New York City   





August 2015



Nighty live fado at Museum Cafe

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, Inc.

27 Hope St. New Bedford, MA 02746


Sonia Bettencourt, Fado Singer

Jeramias Macedo, Fado Singer

Viriato Ferreira, Viola Classica

Jose Silva, Guitarra Portuguesa






August 2014


Saturday, August 2, 2014 @ 8:00PM


Belleville, NJ - USA

Diana Mendes, vocals

Jose Luis Iglesias, Portuguese guitar

Andy Eulau, contrabass

Aug. 2, 8:00 pm

"The Sixty-Four"

64 Rutgers St. Belleville, NJ

Reservations: 908-403-2609



Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 7:00PM

Newark, NJ - US


Fatima Santos, vocals

Jose Luis Iglesias, Portuguese guitar

Joseph M. Peterson, contrabass

Pic-Nic Restaurant

233 Ferry St.

Newark, NJ




August 2013


Friday, August 2, 2013 8:00PM

Hanford, California - USA

Holy Ghost Feast of St. Anthony

Fadista: Marylou Lawrence


Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 7PM

Cambridge, MA - USA

Sunset Cafe

851 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Fadistas: Josefina Couto and Carlos Furtado

Guitarras: Jose Silva and Viriato Ferreira

$25 per person

(**Includes Petiscos – Appetizers**)




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 Portuguese 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) 

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