The Fado Com História project was launched in Tavira in October and on December 5 its museum was opened formally in the presence of the local mayor Jorge Botelho.
Fado com História is located next to the Misericórdia Church in the centre of Tavira and its resident artists are Miguel Drago (Portuguese guitar), Virgílio Lança (guitar, called in Portuguese viola) and Teresa Viola (fadista).
The show begins with a short film featuring the most famous fado singers of Portugal, including perhaps the greatest of all Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999).
Virgílio then explains the position of fado in the UNESCO list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The two guitar players begin the live performance with a guitarrada, an instrumental session with the two guitars which allows the audience to admire the characteristic sound of the Portuguese guitar. Teresa sings four or five fados to the accompaniment of the two guitarists.
At the end of their performance, Virgílio and Miguel are prepared to answer questions about their project.
The film and performance last about 30-40 minutes. Following the performance, lunch is organised in a local restaurant.
The next visit to the museum, organised by the Algarve History Association, is on Wednesday, February 18, at 12.15pm and entry costs €5.
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