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.




Portuguese fadista Duarte, an award-winning artist and fixture of Lisbon's fado   scene, will tour the US this fall 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.


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)


Fado in the US!

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

Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at alumni.uml.edu/fado

For more information contact artsandideas@uml.edu

or call 978-934-2957


Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 3 PM

Atasca Restaurant

50 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

For Reservations Call 617-621-6991


Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7 PM

Clube Luis de Camões

10 Collins St
Peabody, MA 01960

For Reservations Call 978-532-2688


Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 8 PM

New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill

New Bedford, MA

Tickets can be purchased at the door or



Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 2PM

Woburn Portuguese American Recreation Club

82 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801

For Tickets

Call 617-548-8488 or 978-518-1047




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