Júlio Pereira


Júlio Pereira by Antonio Gamito
Júlio Pereira by Raquel Von Kaminaru


Multi-instrumentalist Júlio Pereira has been a vital presence in Portuguese music for more than four decades, with almost 30 albums to his name and multiple collaborations with artists such as The Chieftains, Pete Seeger, José Afonso, Kepa Junkera, Carlos do Carmo, Chico Buarque and Sara Tavares, as well as composing music for theatre, dance and film.

He began his multifaceted career as a rock musician in the pre-revolution underground group Petrus Castrus. After April 25th 1974, he released Bota Fora, a prog-rock concept album honouring the liberation of the former Portuguese colonies. Following albums introduced elements of Portuguese folk music and instruments such as cavaquinho and viola braguesa. His wider breakthrough came in 1981 with his awardwinning album, Cavaquinho. His latest release, Praça do Comércio, features guest appearances by Antonio Zambujo and Cheny Wa Gune.

Júlio Pereira leader -Portuguese cavaquinho
Pedro Dias - Portuguese guitar
João Santos - guitar
Sandra Martine - cello