Fado, a genre of Portuguese folk music, has both professional and personal significance to me. It is one of my main research areas and was the subject of my doctoral thesis, particularly as it related to notions of authenticity in folk music. Being half-Portuguese, I also find deep personal meaning in this music. This section introduces fado to the new and curious listener, but it is also my hope that it will bring new perspectives to whose who are already familiar with it.

A Fado Glossary

Fado: An Overview