The beginnings of Flor-de-Lis are closely linked to Pedro Marques´ participation as a percussionist in the “Adufe” project, first conceived by José Salgueiro as an attraction for Expo-98, and which focussed on traditional Portuguese instruments.
The resulting success led to several national and international events being held between 1999 and 2000, unearthing musician Pedro Marques´ desire to explore the vast wealth of Portuguese music in conjunction with musical elements from other parts of the world.
The project began to take shape in 2001, with the participation of several musicians in recording sessions, one of whom was Paulo Pereira, who has stuck to wind instruments ever since. In recent years the skeletons of the songs have been put together naturally, in a process involving several different approaches and instrumentalists.
The current repertoire consists not only of original lyrics by Pedro Marques and Daniela Varela, but also poems by Eugénio de Andrade, José Régio, Ary dos Santos, David-Mourão Ferreira and Maria José de Castro. The sound is based on popular Portuguese music, from fado to folk, but the end result also stems from the fusion of music from other continents, with a strong popular flavor. The vocals of Daniela Varela can be heard alongside Pedro Marques on percussion, Jose Camacho on guitar, Jorge Marques on cavaquinho, Paulo Pereira on flute and Ana Sofia Campeã on accordion.
Daniela showed a gift for singing at an early age, appearing in Ana Faria´s Jovens Cantores de Lisboa when she was 8, and in plays directed by Filipe La Féria such as Jasmim ou o Sonho do Cinema and Godspell after the age of 10. After a brief interregnum, when she discovered an interest in comics and illustration, she went back to live singing and joined Flor-de-Lis last year.
2008 was a year of significant developments, highlighted by a stable collective environment which helped to finalise arrangements and get the show on the road, with the performance at the Fábrica Braço de Prata on July 26 and the subsequent nomination for the 2009 Festival da Canção.