Portuguese folk act with Stortford roots to launch debut EP
A Stortford-based folk group who have brought a taste of Portuguese culture to audiences across England and Wales for the past two years are getting ready to showcase their debut EP at Rhodes Arts Complex this March.
Tribvto, an acoustic outfit, was born when its band members met in Santos Café in Hockerill Street. They each shared a love of music and of their Portuguese heritage and started out as a tribute group to Lusitanian music.
“We started doing mostly covers, and after a while of playing we started composing new music,” said Cristina Pereira Ratanji, the band’s singer and mandolin player.
Cristina’s bandmates are Pedro Neves – a guitar, piano and acoustic bass player, Paulo Pereira Ratanji – the group’s rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist, Nelson Henriques – a percussionist and cajon musician, and Miguel Guedes – a mandolin and melodica player.
Their first public gig together was at the Bishop’s Stortford carnival in 2017.
“We had a good reaction from the public and from that we were invited to Hatfield Forest festival,” said Cristina.
From there, Tribvto became a hit. They have played gigs in venues across the country and they have built up large fanbase in their homeland.
“We have a lot of people in Portugal who enjoy our music,” said Cristina. “We would like to have people enjoy our music here.”
As the quintet garnered more and more acclaim, they decided to exercise their creative streak and begin to write their own material.
They also launched a crowdfunding page to help pay for the recording costs and, in 62 days, generated more than £500.
They recorded the EP, which features nine original songs laced with upbeat rhythms and the warmth of acoustic sounds, at Pedro’s home.
The gig at Rhodes will be the first time that Tribvto have performed their own material before an audience.
“We’ve played many shows before but, for us, this one is a little bit daunting,” said Pedro.
But the group will still play some of the classics that they know their gig-goers will enjoy.
“We will have covers in the show – the ones we feel that work well,” said Pedro.
The band promise it will be a night that will transport audiences to Portugal, so why not join them at Rhodes on Saturday, March 9 for an evening of heartfelt emotions and sounds.
* Tribvto’s gig at Rhodes Arts Complex will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and their EP will be available for £10. For more details, click here.