Tunas Rurais

The rural ‘tunas’ are popular music groups of a rural context present throughout the country, appearing most of them in the beginning of the 20th century. In this early period, they helped to spread the use of flutes and stringed instruments in popular expression, where loud instruments like the drums were prevalent.
Nowadays, three rural ‘tunas’ are active in Amarante: the Associação Cultural e Recreativa da Tuna de Gondar, the Tuna de São Faustino de Fridão and the Tuna de São Paio de Ansiães.

Tuna de São Faustino de Fridão
Tuna de São Faustino de Fridão

Created in 1981 the Tuna of São Faustino de Fridão is a Tuna of reference of Amarante, with performances inside and outside the country, where we can highlight the one undertaken during the “Expo-98”.

Among the work carried out by the group we can highlight also the Tâmega Children’s and Youth Festival (which already counts with 12 editions) and the work done since 1988 by their own music school, providing free classes to about fifty children and young people of the local parish.

Tuna de Gondar

The Tuna de Gondar was founded in 2000, at June 10, during the celebration tribute to Armando Teixeira Mota e Costa. Four years later a new Tuna de Gondar debuted with students formed by its own school.

Nowadays the group has 83 elements, directly or indirectly involved: 31 formed the Tuna, 4 students of the music school, 14 are children (aged between 4 and 11), 19 are ‘cavaquinhos’ (ukulele) (belonging to the School of Cavaquinhos) and 15 elements belong also to the Grupo de Bombos de Sta. Maria de Gondar.