Songlines Fado Series

The international success of fado singers like Mariza and Ana Moura has created a huge popular interest in this soulful and distinctive Portuguese music. But what these big concerts can't convey is the intimate atmosphere of the renascent scene in Lisbon's restaurants and fado houses. The Songlines Fado Series brings top fadistas, often for the first time in the UK, to The Pheasantry at PizzaExpress on London's King's Road, on the last Friday of every month. It's a rare chance to experience fado up close, with some great instrumentalists, to see how every singer makes the music his or her own.

Friday June 30 2017, UK Premiere

Luisa Rocha Luisa Rocha
Born in Lisbon, Luisa Rocha was already singing fado at the age of 12. Despite resistance from her parents, she started performing at prestigious fado clubs after she'd finished her studies. Her voice is dark and emotional. She's recorded two albums, Uma Noite de Amor (2011) and Fado Veneno (2015), and has performed at national and international festivals.

Friday July 28 2017

Raquel Tavares Raquel Tavares
A leading voice of contemporary fado, Raquel Tavares won the important Grande Noite do Fado competition in 1997, aged only 12. Born in Lisbon to a family immersed in the city's musical panorama, she's sung in many of the top fado houses, including Senhor Vinho and Bacalhau de Molho. She released her third album, Raquel, last year and in performance is confident, expressive and a little mischievous.

Friday August 25 2017, UK Premiere

Duarte Duarte
Born in Evora in Alentejo, Duarte started singing fado as a joke. And even after he became serious about it, humour and subversion are an important ingredient in his performances. He has released three albums since 2004, sings regularly in Senhor Vinho, one of Lisbon's most celebrated fado houses and has frequently performed abroad.

Friday September 29 2017

Claudia Aurora Claudia Aurora
Born in Porto, Portugal's second city, Claudia Aurora has been living in the UK since 2003 - first in Bristol, now in London. She called her second album, released last year, Mulher do Norte (Woman of the North) with self-composed songs in homage to her home, and opening up to other traditions. She's performed extensively in the UK and as far afield as South Korea.
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