Sebastião Antunes
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Sebastião Antunes

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Contos de Fragas e Pragas, Ovação, 1992
Até o Diabo de Ria, Polygram, 1995
Entre Luas, Ovação, 1997
Quarto Crescente, Ovação, 2000
A Cor da Vontade, V&A, 2003
Deixa que aconteça (ao vivo), V&A/Ovação, 2006
Cá Dentro, V&A, 2009



Quadrilha were born in 1991, after a series of solo projects by its leader Sebastião Antunes. Behind the new group was the desire to create a fusion between traditional Portuguese folk stylings and influences from other cultures and traditions, namely the Celtic sounds the band is so fond of.

1992 brought the project's first album, “Contos de Fragas e Pragas”, and the following albums, "Até o Diabo se Ria" (1995) and "Entre Luas" (1997) marked a slow but steady progression. Quadrilha were focusing on searching for the right sound and the instruments they needed to reach it. 2000's "Quarto Crescente" was the cornerstone: with a new line-up, the band takes a giant leap, becoming Portugal's premier folk band.

Quadrilha's music is generally as simple as the motifs explored in its songs and its lyrics. And, in fact, Sebastião Antunes is not only a musician but a storyteller, his tales reflecting feelings and beliefs from the country folk: their legends, the stories they tell by the fireplace, their superstitions, mysteries and charms. The songs are either festive celebrations or tender ballads, but always presented with a unique, personal touch by a band whose musicians come from many different countries and many different styles. On stage Quadrilha are a non-stop party from all over the world.

"A Cor da Vontade", released in 2003 is a fresh start for the band, a more responsible record as well since Sebastião Antunes is now paying closer attention to the "global village" we all live in. Antunes also shows a new side of his talents as the record's producer, directing the band towards the sound he's always had in his head.

In September 2006 Quadrilha releases their first live album: “Deixa que Aconteça”, recorded from two live concerts in Almada. Since then they have been presenting it live through all the country.

In October 2009, Sebastião Antunes releases his first solo album: "Cá Dentro" - by Vachier & Associados with Antena 1 support. This record brings us a musical and cultural crossing representing what our Portuguese culture has best. The repertoire has 9 original songs and 3 tradicional songs with a twist.

At the moment he has been presenting his new album throughout the country.