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Fado - No Grau°


In Ericeira, there is a wine bar by the name of No Grau°. The meaning is roughly "The Degree" and I don't really know why it has the name. What I do know, is that on most evenings while sipping wine and maybe something to eat, one can listen to Fado, which is a very Portuguese music genre. Difficult to describe, but somewhere along the lines of folk, balad, "longing" lyrics on a slow beat and sung very intensely, mostly in low light conditions. To be a good Fado singer the person requires a very strong voice and is normally accompanied by one standard 6-string guitar and one Portuguese guitarra, which is a plucked string instrument with twelve steel strings, strung in six courses of two strings.


The picture on the left is the guitarra player and on the right is the Fado singer for the evening, taking a break.


I am including an embedded Youtube with a sample of Fado. Chosen, because the lyrics are translated in undertitles, it includes great Portuguese scenery and is not overly long.



comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Nov 2017, 02:20
Love your moody atmospherics to go with the Fado, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray. I attended a number of performances all over Portugal and they were all in this low light conditions, so I thought it good to try and convey the atmosphere of a fado performance.
Very nice, artsy photos!
And thank you for the description - and the video. Beautiful audio and visual!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth - artsy you say smile
By the inclusion of the video, Louis, I can understand the appeal of this genre.
Louis: The genre was born in the dock areas of Portugal among the working class - hence the element of lament in it.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Nov 2017, 06:48
If this is the genuine article then it's got to be worth listening to and appreciating Louis
Louis: It is the genuine thing and I attended shows in many a town in Portugal.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Nov 2017, 07:21
I enjoyed the music, thank you, Louis
Louis: My pleasure, Lisl.
I will listen to the music later Louis
Louis: I hope you did, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Nov 2017, 08:47
I love your presentation todayLouis, those two images work so well side by side with those colours. I like the sound of the Portuguese language.
Louis: Thank you gutteridge. Interesting language - I picked up a few phrases, but won't say I can speak it in any way. Reading, for instance display descriptions at places I visited, was no problem to unerstand.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Nov 2017, 09:02
Oh, I love the melancholic fado music - we visited a Fado restaurant in Lisboa.
Louis: Probably in the Afalma district, Philine. I have attended a fado restaurant there, as well.
I am a ballad lover in all languages and like fado too
Louis: I am with you there, Mary.
it sounds like a fine way to spend an evening Louis... i loved the video... mellow sounds....petersmile
Louis: Oh, definitely a fine way, peter smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Nov 2017, 16:48
I think the music fits the mood and that it was a memorable evening.
Louis: It was the case in all the fado restaurants I visited in Portugal.
i liked your description, Louis. i have yet to listen to the video.
Louis: Thank you Ayush. The video includes great visuals of Portugal.
I finally got a chance to listen to the music. I really like it
Louis: I think of it as likeable, too.

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