Was born in Veiros, 1570 and died in Vila Viçosa, 3 November 1643. According to Barbosa Machado he was a pupil of António Ferro at Portalegre and died in 1653 at Vila Viçosa, where he was treasurer of the ducal chapel. However, the parish register from Vila Viçosa,Livro dos óbitos da Matriz, xi) documents the death on 3 November 1643 of ‘P. João Gomes tizoreyro da capella, está enterrado em São Paulo’. In the Mercês de D. Teodósio II Gomes is described as ‘chaplain and singer’ at the ducal court, receiving payments between 28 August 1594 and 5 February 1616. One of these, for 3000 reis in 1609, was for chançonetas for the previous Christmas, and an entry dated 8 October 1618 refers to his annual salary of 66,000 reis. He may have acted as mestre de capela after the departure of Pinheiro (before 1608) and before Roberto Tornar took up the post in 1616. He is unlikely to have been the ‘cantor contralto’ who served at the royal chapel in Lisbon from 1595 to 1609, though he may possibly have been the ‘portugués contrabajo’ who deputized for the absent ‘bajón’ at the nearby Spanish city of Badajoz at Christmas 1598. A setting of Lumen ad revelationem (dated 1610) shows him to have been at least a competent contrapuntist. Gomes moved to Évora Cathedral, where he rose to the position of treasurer. On the title-page of a manuscript volume of chants edited by him, he is described as having been at Vila Viçosa, where the chants had been sung. A Libera me and several villancicos also survive in Évora, though it is uncertain whether these are by him or by another João Gomes listed as second organist at Évora Cathedral in 1651. A six-part motet ascribed to João Gomes, Subvenite sancti Dei (now lost), was in the library of João IV.