António Mão de Ferro
Artist Name
António Mão de Ferro
Born Date
June 25, 1976
Birth Place
Oporto, Portugal

António Mão de Ferro  Biography


Ten years ago António Mão de Ferro released his first album, Karma Train, his career that’s encom­passed three more albums, sev­er­al sin­gles, a slew of sound­track com­pi­la­tions and arrest­ing live per­for­mances fronting a vari­ety of ensem­bles.

António Mão de Ferro is still hav­ing fun all these years lat­er — and with his fourth album, LUNATIC, maybe more fun than ever.

Fun is a trite word. I kind of hate to use it — but at the same time, I don’t know how else to say it,” António Mão de Ferro says of the 10-song set, which was pro­duced by him and record­ed at his stu­dio in Oporto. “It was just an enjoy­able process. These songs reflect just my joy of song­writ­ing, what I enjoy about writ­ing songs. they feel free to me. I didn’t have to go search­ing around through cup­boards to find the miss­ing pieces; all the puz­zle bits would just sort of burst to life in front of me. I just grabbed them and pieced them togeth­er and then would be sur­prised at what was in front of me”

It’s an expe­ri­ence unlike any oth­er I’ve had mak­ing a record, and I can­not for­get all the sup­port giv­en by my friend Bernardo Fesch on lyrics” and thanks to Kiko on lyrics on “On the Road”.

LUNATIC indeed bursts with a spir­it­ed and a rock­ing, tech­ni­col­or-tinged ener­gy that’s dif­fer­ent from its four pre­de­ces­sors. The title track and first sin­gle is a groov­ing, Nuggets-style burst of neo-psy­che­delia in which António´s high reg­is­ter sounds hoarse with plea­sure over the explo­sive pow­er. 

LUANTIC´s epic, from its mar­tial cadence to its airy ambi­ence and lush key­board tex­tures.

I know I was hear­ing cer­tain dif­fer­ent instru­men­ta­tion — a sharp­er sound, a broad­er sound,” explains António, who for the first time ever put togeth­er detailed­ful­ly-ren­dered. 

Coming off the suc­cess of 2010′s KARMA TRAIN’, António´s returned to his home ready to get to work on what would come next. His work eth­ic had been honed since his ear­li­est days as a song­writer.

I think that was sort of a turn­ing point. I just kind of turned off the inner crit­ic and got out of my own way and start­ed mak­ing music.”

António Mão de Ferro began break­ing some of his estab­lished rules, too. Rather than slav­ish­ly fin­ish­ing off what­ev­er he start­ed, he allowed him­self to be open to the mus­es that took him on tan­gents or in entire­ly new direc­tions. 

The whole record was writ­ten that way. It was play­ful and real­ly won­der­ful. It felt the way it feels in the begin­ning, when you’re first writ­ing songs. They’re not pre­cious in any way. It’s just a joy­ful, emo­tion­al truth, not like any­thing that’s being dredged up. 

António is now look­ing for­ward to giv­ing LUNATIC’s songs an air­ing on stage. He’s put togeth­er a new band, and he antic­i­pates a new wrin­kle for his per­for­mances as well. “They give me a chance to play more elec­tric gui­tar, which I love to do,” LaMontagne says. “But I’ve always had such good play­ers on stage. I’m a Lucky Man!”

António began his career per­form­ing main­ly rock, but grad­u­al­ly began a tran­si­tion towards the blues genre in 1996, after this peri­od until 2003 he recog­nise his style by col­lab­o­rat­ing with renowned blues artists such Minnemann Blues Band, Jerrel Lamar, Mable John (Ray Charles), Zakyia hook­er and more.

António Gaspar Mão de Ferro, is a Portuguese pop and blues rock musi­cian, singer-song­writer, record­ing artist, and music pro­duc­er from Oporto, Portugal, born June 25 of 1976.

Very ear­ly, he dis­cov­ered is pas­sion for music, spe­cial­ly for elec­tric gui­tar! He learned how to play gui­tar with his father and lat­er on he became an auto­di­dact. His father played in a well-known Portuguese band from the 60´s, the Tártaros.

Since the very begin­ning of his pro­fes­sion­al career, Antonio has been play­ing with sev­er­al blues, rock and pop artists:

  • Minnemann Blues Band
  • Jerrel Lamar
  • Mable John (Ray Charles)
  • Zackya Hoocker
  • Ollan Christopher Bell
  • Airto Moreira
  • Rui Veloso
  • GNR

He has been referred on the English mag­a­zine Modern Guitars, by Tom Watson say­ing that “…“I espe­cial­ly enjoyed Ironhand’s use of the Talk Box effect on a cou­ple of num­bers. Added much to the heart­felt qual­i­ty of his solos”…”

At 22 he joined Portuguese super pop group GNR, with whom record­ed 3 albums and toured Portugal and Europe. In addi­tion to the per­for­mances on TV gala´s, nation­als and inter­na­tion­als fes­ti­vals, he played in 2006 Rock in Rio”.

António Mão de Ferro’s music is absolute­ly het­ero­ge­neous, as if it gath­ered the col­ors of the world and com­bined them in the shape of songs.

António Mão de Ferro con­nects his per­fect Blues tech­nique, to the sim­plic­i­ty of a POP song for­mat, where words and sounds are high­light­ed accord­ing to the wish­es of the song.

Solo Albums:

Karma Train (2010)

Somewhere (2015)

António Mão de Ferro (2017)

Lunatic (2019)

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| January 21, 2017