Fado performance Lisbon in local bars: ‘Tasca do Jaime’ in historic Graça, FADO VADIO (divine song or dying cats?), overpriced wine & very talented Dutch (!) Fado singer Henriquinha
Café/bar Tasca do Jaime Lisbon & very talented Dutch Fado singer Henriquinha
Fadista (fado singer) Henriquinha Maria (Hendriktje Ruiter, born and professionally trained in Holland) is a very talented singer living in Lisbon. She really loves it to sing the fado; now she’s becoming famous in Portugal due to a Fado song contest on Portuguese TV.
YouTube Hendriktje ‘Amor de mel, amor de fel’
Dutch singer Henriquinha Maria on Portuguese TV, ‘Grande Premio do Fado’
Dutch singer Hendriktje Ruiter participates in a Fado talent show on Portuguese TV. After two rounds she won enough points to perform in the semi-final of this song contest in May 2015: spectacular!
‘Sou do Fado’ YouTube Henriquinha, Portuguese TV Program Há Tarde RTP1
Lisbon, cafe/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ December 2014 & Fado Vadio (amateur fado)
Amateur setting of Portuguese Fado is called FADO VADIO
In the old neighborhoods of Lisbon there are local bars or tascas where everybody can sing fado (max. 2 songs). Even you, if you might like it! …. In this setting only the guitarists are paid to accompany the singers.
Café/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon December 2014
In case you don’t understand the Portuguese language: when the light is dimmed, it means that silence is asked because the music starts.
Tasca do Jaime Graca Lisbon, FADO VADIO December 2014: this lady has a wonderful voice!
‘Dying cats or divine song’
The Portuguese have a lot of respect for the performers who like to express their emotions. You can enjoy a fado singer who sings so beautiful it will give you goosebumps, followed by someone who think he or she is a really good singer…..
Or, as Tasca do Jaime’s neighbors Mike and Alice described on their blog: ‘ It’s a very authentic little cafe bar in our neighborhood. The fado heard there can sound like dying cats or divine song..’
Tasca do Jaime Lisbon, Fado vadio December 2014
Café/bar Tasca do Jaime & atmosphere
Seven years ago I wrote about this Tasca, nowadays the atmosphere has changed. It is not just because of the overpriced wine and petiscos (tapas) but it’s more than that….A plate of ham and cheese and a jarro (garafe, 3 glasses) of wine are obliged and expensive. If standing at the counter or on the sidewalk watching pass the electric tram 28, has no such obligation. The décor is really nice and authentic but unfortunately the atmosphere is spoiled by the attitude of the owners.
Anyway, the guitar players and the fado singers were very good that day!
‘Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon December 2014: friends Alexandra & Louis
Café/bar ‘Tasca do Jaime’ Lisbon, Rua da Graça 91, Lisbon. Fado Vadio on Saturdays, Sundays and public Holidays from 16:00 to 20:00. Phone : 351 21 8881560