Musical Roots

Amarante’s popular music roots show a deep connection to a territory that, notwithstanding all the transformations it went through, still keeps an agricultural and rural tradition and way of life. These aspects are particularly present in folklore songs and in the regional music instruments, like the ‘viola amarantina´’ and the ‘bombos’, with their distinctive modes of building and execution.

viola amarantina, Amarante, Portugal

Local Traditional Instruments


Amarante Popular Songbook

Situated on the outskirts of Marão’s mountain range, Amarante is a somewhat transition territory - not only in geographical terms, but in cultural, social and economical as well - between the coastal region of Douro Litoral, urban and densely populated, and Trás-os-Montes, an inland and starkly ...
Cancioneiro Popular, Amarante