Fado concert to feature Portuguese music

Posted Oct. 21, 2011, at 10:41 p.m.

UNITY — Fado, a unique Portuguese music form, will return to Unity in a concert by Tremolino at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Fado is a fiery, soulful folk song style from Portugal characterized by passionate lyrics and mournful tunes. The music is said to be the oldest urban folk music in the Western world, representing the voice of the Portuguese soul, yet unfamiliar to many people in Maine.

Tremolino is a trio of Waldo County musicians featuring singer Leslie Stein. Stein has sung various kinds of music over the years, from folk to rock to musicals and jazz. Fado is her current passion, and she plays guitar. Stein has performed as an actor in midcoast and central Maine theaters. The group also includes guitarist Jim Macdonald, a graduate of the Allman Brothers School of Endless Guitar Solos who has explored many kinds of music, and Chris Marshall, who has been in a Russian balalaika group, a Javanese gamelan and a Bulgarian dance band.

Tremolino’s repertoire also includes songs from Spain, Greenwich Village and other locales. In addition, Shana Bloomstein will interpret in dance the songs of Fado. She has been enchanting audiences in the area for years since growing up in Freedom.

This is a benefit show for Sebasticook Regional Land Trust. Based in Unity, the Trust works with central Maine landowners to conserve farmlands, woodlots and wetlands. For program and volunteer information, visit the website. A benefit meal featuring locally grown and produced foods will precede Tremolino. Tickets for the meal and music are $25, available online at http://www.unitymaine.org. For Tremolino only, the cost is $10. Tickets also are available at

the land trust office, Main Street in Unity. For more information call 948-7469 or visit the website.

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