Armandinho (fado guitarist)

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Armando Augusto Freire, known as Armandinho or Armando Freire (11 October 1891 - 21 December 1946) was a Portuguese fado guitarist and composer.

American travel writer Lawton McCaul in a 1931 book Portugal For Two was the first foreign writer to give an account of Armandinho's performances, but by this time Armandinho was already legendary in Portugal.[1]

He was known for playing on the 12-string portuguese guitar (Portuguese: guitarra portuguesa), and considered as one of the heirs of the fado tradition of Petrolino (Luís Carlos da Silva, who recorded just once in 1904).[2][3][4][5]


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  1. ^ Paul Vernon A history of the Portuguese fado: Volume 1 1998 "Armandinho (1891-1946) was already a legendary figure by the time McCaul's account of him was written."
  2. ^ Biografia (Portuguese)
  3. ^ Travel Portugal 2007 "The main names of this period were: Alfredo Marceneiro, Amalia Rodrigues, Maria Teresa de Noronha and Armandinho and Jaime Santos (guitar players)."
  4. ^ Armandinho (biography, in Portuguese)
  5. ^ Abderrazak Bannour Il Mediterraneo vede, scrive, ascolta 2005- Page 362 "Nelle quartine anonime è racchiusa la filosofia fadista, edificata sulla parola-concetto saudade, che è nostalgia, ... Maria dos Anjos, Armandinho (1891-1946), Martinho d'Assuncào (1914-1992) virtuoso di viola, Raul Néry (1921) fondatore del ..."
  6. ^ CD review digest: Jazz, popular, etc: Volume 7, Issue 4 1994 "Fados from Portugal, Volume 1 (Fado de Llsboa 1928-1936). ... guitar (three-fifths the size of the Spanish, rather more like a lute with 12 strings instead of 8) is heard most clearly in solos like Armandinho's 'Fao o Cuime'."