Born in Idanha-a-Nova, José Inácio moved to Lisbon at five with his uncle and godfather João Reis.
José Inácio improved his technique by having lessons with Alfredo Costa and Martinho d'Assunção. Although José Inácio could also sing and play Portuguese guitar, Spanish guitar was the instrument that most fascinated him.
He had his work recorded, accompanying fado voices and in guitar performances. He was one of the Spanish guitars of José Nunes.
He performed at fado houses like “Café Salvaterra”, “Retiro dos Marialvas”, “Patrício”, “Lobos do Mar”, “Tradição”, “Pampilho”, “Retiro da Bairrada”, “Parreirinha do Rato”, “Nau Catrineta”, “Viela”, “Solar da Hermínia” and “Tipóia”.
He also performed at the “Ritz Club”, “Cristal” and “Olimpia” and accompanied Cidália Moreira on a tour to Germany in 1979.
For some years he played in Cascais, performing at “Galito”, “Pau-Pau”, “Arreda”, “Tabuinhas” and “Kopus Bar”.
He was an employee at the Lisbon Town Council for nearly four decades.
Vestido Azul Carlos Duarte (Henrique Rêgo / Alfredo Marceneiro)