On a trip to Madiera, recently, I went to a Fado bar in Funchal called Sabo Fado. We went in, sat down and ordered a glass of wine. In a corner of the bar were 2 guitarists, one playing the Portuguese 12 string Guitar the other a regular 6 string.
The first played the fado tunes and the other played rhythm. This went on for a couple of numbers and we all began to relax into the very laid back atmosphere. The third tune started and then, much to our surprise, all of a sudden the woman serving the drinks stopped wiping a table top and holding a bunch of dirty glasses started to sing in classic Fado style.
Then after that the other 2 women at the bar joined in. Twas brilliant. All this carried on for the rest of the evening 'til chucking out time at 2am. They were all [part of the same family the two men guitarists were father and son, the women the mother, the sister and the wife of the younger Portuguese Guitarist, who had won a competition and was considered the beat Portuguease Guitarist in Madiera.
Wonderful. I can recommend a visit to that particular hostelry, if you're ever in Fuchal - the old town centre near the port and cable car station. They had a CD for sale, which I bought of course and I played a track on the show. I'll be playing more from that in coming shows. Hope you like it.
Here's a list of tunes/songs played on Monday 4th March's show:
Mali ..John Patitucci.. Remembrance
Glass: Glassworks - Closing ..Philip Glass Ensemble... The Essential Philip Glass
Tudo Isto E Fado..Alexandra Sousa Sabor.. A Fado
Hard Times Blues..Lonnie Donegan.. 100 Classics (1952-1959)
Jim Crow Blues ..Leadbelly.. All Time Greatest Masters
Nirvana..El Cosmo Group.. Buddha Grooves, Vol. 2 - 44
Sinaly (feat. Kasse Mady Diabate)..Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba.. Jama Ko
El goud'dem..Les boukakes.. Makach mouch'kil
Katica..Brina.. Slečena Koža
On The Back Seat Of My Car ..Goran Bregovic.. Alkohol (Bonus Track Version)
La ville dort. . . (Pilé menu)..Hamon Martin Quintet.. Du silence et du temps
Slamboree..Don Byas.. Don Byas Selected Hits, Vol. 4
Sunken Bells ..Emily Portman.. Hatchling
Mumbai Highway ..Ducie.. Mancunia
Agua rara .. Bonga.. Best of Bonga
Andros ..Mousaka.. Ca S'Bouffe Pas, Ca S'Danse Cinco Piezas - Romantico..Edoardo Catemario.. Complete Works With Guitar
Otro Puente Alsina..Otros Aires.. The Tango Club Night, Vol. 2
Ginhava..Mercan Dede.. Breath
Ohm Suhaa ..Andrea Guzzaletti, Lao Kouyate & Sainkho Namtchylak.. Who Stole The Sky?
Miami Meculele..Caetano & Moreno Veloso.. Recant Gal
Mambo Ska..Ska Cubano..Mambo Ska
Desert Ska..Skatalites..Walk With Me
Roller Taster..Roller Trio..Roller Trio
Martin Hodge is presenting the show on Monday 11th March. 'm back on the18th with,all being well, local musician Steve Potter and his band playing live.
All the best and keeep listening (sorry Bruce!) to Roots and Shoots on Phonic FM. 106.8fm in Exeter and www.phonic.fm worldwide.