These Portuguese pop songs were transcribed for William Beckford in 1787, during his residence in Lisbon & Montserrate.They are the second oldest extant examples of this form. The voice parts are always in thirds accompanied by a single bass line. Maxwell Steer has arranged these songs for a typical combination of village musicians (here, Octavia Lamb flute, Sam Steer mandolin, Daniel Bovey guitar).

trans: "Hi. How is everyone down at the coast?" "They're fine, but the baby isnt well. Don't try fooling around with me because I've no idea what you're on about."

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