Quinta do Bill

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Quinta do Bill
Quinta do Bill, (2016).
Background information
Origin Tomar, Santarém, Portugal
Genres Folk rock, celtic music
Years active 1987 (1987)–present
Labels Dansa do Som, PolyGram, Universal, Som Livre, Espacial
Associated acts Corvos, UHF, Xutos & Pontapés, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal
Members Carlos Moisés
Miguel Urbano
Jorge Costa
Paulo Bizarro
Past members Rui Dias
João Coelho
Pedro Ferreira
Fernando Paulo
João Portela
Alfredo Fonseca
Paulo Jorge
Nuno Flores
Pedro Pimentel

Quinta do Bill (Bill's Farm in English) is a Portuguese Celtic folk rock musical group formed in 1987 near Tomar.


In September 1987 at Mr. Guilherme's (Portuguese cognate for William, and so known as Bill) farm that “Quinta do Bill” (Bill’s farm) was born by the hands of Carlos Moisés, Paulo Bizarro and Rui Dias.

That year they took part in the first Modern Music Show from RUC (Rádio Universidade de Coimbra) and in 1988 in the 5th Rock Rendez-Vous contest, where they reached the final [1]. For being finalists they won the right to record the song "Zézé", included in the collection Registos. In 1990 they reached the semi-finals of the contest Rock Pepsi-RFM and won the first prize at the first RTP contest Aqui D'el Rock, which gave them the chance to edit their first album Sem Rumo two years later.


One year later the album Os Filhos da nação was edited by Polygram, reached the gold record [2] and took the band to stages from the North to the South of Portugal that year and the following one during two tours with more than 100 concerts. This album includes hits like "Os Filhos da nação", Senhora Maria do Olival or Aljubarrota (released the first time on Sem Rumo), Quando eu era pequenino, which is a both Portuguese and Brazilian traditional song [3]. In 2003, FC Porto staff (as both players and technical staff, including the former FC Porto coach José Mourinho) recorded the song "Filhos do Dragão", which is the Quinta do Bill's hit "Filhos da Nação" with adapted lyrics, and became a major hit among the team supporters [4][5]. Middle way, they were the support band of Bryan Adams' concert in José Alvalade Stadium, with enthusiastic encore request from the crowd.[1] [6] [7]

In 1996 they edited the album No trilho do sol, again a gold record [8], including hits such as A única das amantes, No trilho do sol and Se te amo and driving the band to a large tour. In September they performed a live concert for more than 40,000 people in the Avante! festival. [9] [10] pt:Festa do Avante! pt:Quinta do bill

1998 Dias de cumplicidade by Polygram reached the silver record [11] with the help of the single "Voa (voa)".


The following years the band made tours, edited a Best of... (1999), opened way to new songs for a new album, Nómadas, which was edited in 2001 by Universal Music which had the special participation of the Moroccan singer Amina Alaoui and the Iranian Bijan Chemirani in the percussions.

After the release of Ao Vivo Tour 2003, the record of the band's live performance in Queima das Fitas of Coimbra, Quinta do Bill returned to the albums of originals editing in December 2006 “A hora das colmeias”. The record and has the participation of well known names as writer José Luís Peixoto and songwriters; Pedro Abrunhosa, Miguel Castro, Tim, Adolfo Luxúria Canibal, João Afonso, Sebastião Antunes, Moz Carrapa and João Portela.

In 2007 the band celebrated the 20th anniversary with a show in their hometown Tomar that is recorded to be released in CD and DVD. SETE (seven) is the name of the bands 7th album, released in 2011 and produced by Nuno Rafael it reaches nº 5 in Portuguese Top Charts. Commemorating the 25th anniversary the band releases 25 Anos - As Baladas, a compilation of their hit love songs with 2 new ones. 2013- The 25 years tour ends in OPorto at New Year's Eve with the band performing for 100.000 people.

In 2014 celebrating the 25 years of the group biggest hit “Os Filhos da Nação”, the band played Oporto most famous venue, the Coliseu, with Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa, all the band biggest hits with were played with symphonic arrangements in a 2-hour show that was later released in a 2CD/DVD Pack.

2015 was a busy year, working on the songs for a new album to be released in March 2016 while touring Portugal and the islands in a 30 dates tour that also brought the Symphonic show to crowd of 10.000 at the band hometown Tomar,


Carlos Moisés (vocals/acoustic guitar/flute | since 1987), Miguel Urbano (accordion/acoustic guitar/keyboard | since 1997), Cató (electric guitar/acoustic guitar/banjo | since 1995), Jorge Costa (drums/percussion | since 2000), Paulo Bizarro (electric bass/freetless/double bass | since 1987), Dalila (violin | since 2005). [12]

Former band members: Rui Dias (guitar | 1987–1992 ), João Coelho (drums | 1987–2000), Pedro Ferreira (keyboards | 1987–1990), Fernando Paulo (guitar | 1987–1988), João Portela (lyrics | 1989 - ), Alfredo Fonseca (keyboards | 1990–1993), Paulo Jorge (guitar/banjo | 1992–1995), Nuno Flores (violin/viola | 1993–2006 ) and Pedro Pimentel (keyboards/accordion | 1993–1997). [13]


  • Sem rumo - Dansa do Som - 1992
  • Filhos da nação - Polygram- 1994
  • Trilho do sol - Polygram - 1996
  • Dias de cumplicidade - Polygram - 1998
  • Best of - Universal - 2000
  • Nómadas - Universal - 2001
  • Ao Vivo Tour 2003 - Som Livre - 2004
  • A hora das colmeias - Espacial - 2006
  • 20 Anos ao Vivo - Espacial - 2006 CD/DVD
  • Sete - Espacial - 2011
  • 25 Anos - As Baladas - 2012
  • Sinfónico - Ao vivo no Coliseu do Porto com a Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa - 2015


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