The Amarante region counts eleven folklore groups that promote local traditional folklore songs and dances, while performing a variety of instruments like the accordion, guitar, ‘viola’, ‘viola amarantina’,bass drum, cavaquinho and ‘ferrinho’. Usually performed songs are the Fadinho, Margarida Moleira, Malhão, Rusga, Verdegar, Rosinha, Cana Verde, Senhor da Pedra or Chula de Carvalho de Rei. The ranches also contribute to spread knowledge on traditional games, practices, prayers and costumes, such as the Traje de Noivo’, Domingar, Lavrador Rico, Lavrador Pobre and Festa.
Rancho Folclórico do Centro Cultural e Recreativo de Gouveia
The Rancho Folclórico do Centro Cultural e Recreativo de Gouveia (S. Simão) was founded in 1984. Currently this ranch counts about 40 elements, with an average of 8 performances each year, and even organizes its own folklore summer festival.
Grupo Folclórico de Vila Chã do Marão
The Grupo Folclórico de Vila Chã do Marão has about 50 elements aged between 6 and 70 years old, and was founded in June 2007.
After its first public performance, in December 2007, the group made several performances (examples, Feira das Papas em Olo, Loivos do Monte, S. Simão, Festa de Verão de Vila Chã, Sanche, Festival de Folclore em Fregim, Festa das Colheitas de Vila Chã e Festa da Castanha de Canadelo, Festa de S. Faustino de Fridão).
It is only in November 19 of 2008 that the non-profit association, named Grupo Folclórico de Vila Chã do Marão, is formally constituted with the following aims, to promote the regional dances and singings, to improve and teach the folklore, to preserve and communicate the history, ways and customs of the Vila Chã parish and to organize and promote meetings, parties and other events.
This group performs about 8 times a year and animates an annual folklore festival.
Rancho Folclórico de Salvador do Monte
The Rancho Folclórico de Salvador do Monte, dates back to 1981, has about 45 elements, promotes a folklore festival and performs in average 7 times a year.
Rancho Folclórico da Associação Casa do Povo Figueiró Santiago
The Rancho Folclórico da Associação Casa do Povo Figueiró Santiago was founded in 1983. The group organizes an annual folklore festival that takes place in the month of July. Usually performed songs are the: Malhão, Rusga, Chula, Papagaio, Senhor da Pedra, Rosinha do Meio, Mariana é Baixinha, Verdegar, São João Serrana.
União Cultural e Desportiva de Moure
The União Cultural e Desportiva de Moure (Padeirinhas de Moure) is a somewhat recent folklore group, formed in 2010. It has 45 elements, aged between 7 and 76 years of age, performing about 14 times a year.
Rancho Folclórico da Associação Cultural e Recreativa de São Martinho de Mancelos
The Rancho Folclórico da Associação Cultural e Recreativa de São Martinho de Mancelos was founded in 1994 and is constituted by about 60 elements. They organize an annual folklore festival and have, per year, about 22 performances.
Rancho Folclórico de Vilarinho
The Rancho Folclórico de Vilarinho was founded in 1977 and currently has about 50 members, many of them of young age. This group performs about 10 times each year and organizes in its parish a folklore festival.
Rancho Folclórico da Amizade Telões
The Rancho Folclórico da Amizade Telões, formed in June 2005 at Telões parish, from a local fundraising activity.
The group is made up of 60 elements, aged from 3 to 80 years old. This group performs about 20 times each year in Portugal and abroad and organizes in its parish a folklore festival.
Grupo de Cantares e Danças de Santa Cruz de Riba Tâmega
The Grupo de Cantares e Danças de Santa Cruz de Riba Tâmega formed in 1968, is made up of 53 elements, aged from 18 to 70 years old.
This group performs about 20 times each year, in regional, national and international events, and organizes in its parish a folklore festival.
Grupo Folclórico de Santa Cruz de Vila Meã
The Grupo Folclórico de Santa Cruz de Vila Meã created in 1977, currently has 50 elements between 12 and 80 years old. This group performs about 50 times a year, mostly outside the municipality, in the Porto region, and also organizes its own folklore festival.