Fado Concert – Carminho, Nathalie Yang (Chia-yu) writes:

Carminho singing at Howard Assembly Rooms

This winter is cold but fortunately, we’ve got some Portuguese passion to warm us up!

This concert on 15th November in the Howard Assembly Room was presented by the Portuguese Fado band led by the singer, Carminho. Her voice accompanied with the guitars and the bass guitar, expressed stories with rich emotions. The stage setting was simple yet grasped the atmosphere efficiently by switching different light effects.

During the concert, Carminho introduced several stories associated to the Fado songs. She shared the story told by her mother about the sailor and the sea which she found reflects her life situation. We are all sailors earning living on the ocean. In this ever-changing environment, we sometimes encounter unavoidable dangerous waves. But there will always be someone out there, to save us from sinking.

She also presented ‘A Bia da Mouraria’ which tells the story of a young lady waiting by the window watching her beloved person walking by in the street. She is always there yet he never knows. It sounds sad but is still the joy in her life.

Carminho also shared several songs they play to celebrate festivals. While clapping with the tempo, the audience was brought to Lisbon drinking, singing, and dancing under sunshine.

After the concert, we walked out of the Grand Theatre and had to again tighten our scarves against the chilly wind. Maybe it’s the time to get a ticket for a warmer climate? Let’s put Portugal on our travel list!

Howard Assembly Rooms' beautiful bar