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Álvaro & Xosé Manuel Seivane

  • Obradoiro de Gaitas Seivane
  • Bagpipe maker
  • Cambre, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Álvaro & Xosé Manuel Seivane Bagpipe maker
Contact
Galego, Spanish, English, French
Hours:
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 13:30 / 15:30 - 19:00
Phone:
+34 981676656
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Making a little piece of Galicia

  • • The brothers run a workshop, a shop and a museum of Iberian bagpipes
  • • They make Galician gaitas as well as Iberian and Welsh bagpipes.
  • • They were awarded a national craftsmanship prize in 2013

Xosé Manuel senior built his first set of bagpipes, Galician gaitas, in 1939, sparking a rich tradition of research and innovation in bagpipe making, which is continued today in the workshop run by his two sons Álvaro and Xosé Manuel Seivane. Their father passed on his love of bagpipes to his children when they were young. Xosé Manuel first studied agriculture but worked alongside his father in the workshop from the age of 16. Although Álvaro went to Barcelona to study, he took his passion for bagpipes with him and opened a bagpipe workshop over there. Álvaro eventually returned home to Galicia and the two brothers continued to work on the preservation, restoration and creation of bagpipes together.

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Works

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Gaita modelo Susana Seivane

The base drone of this Galician bagpipe plays a tonic note (Do) two octaves below that of the chanter while the tenor drone plays a tonic note (Do) one octave below that of the chanter. The bag is designed in such a way that it can be adapted to each player’s size.

Height 115 cm
Width 75 cm

Álvaro & Xosé Manuel Seivane Bagpipe maker
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Gaita tenor de buxo en Do 4

The base drone of this Galician bagpipe plays a tonic note (Do2) two octaves below that of the chanter while the tenor drone plays a dominant note (Sol3) one octave below that of the chanter. The bag is designed in such a way that it can be adapted to each player’s size. This bagpipe is the highest of the tenor bagpipes (Mi2, Re4 and Do4). Being Do4, it can normally be played with Do5 bagpipes.

Height 175 cm
Height 85 cm

Álvaro & Xosé Manuel Seivane Bagpipe maker
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Gaita de granadillo anillada en alpaca

The base drone plays a tonic note (Do) two octaves below that of the chanter while the tenor drone plays a tonic note (Do) one octave below that of the chanter. The bag is designed in such a way that it can be adapted to each player’s size.

Height 115 cm
Width 75 cm

Álvaro & Xosé Manuel Seivane Bagpipe maker
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Gaita de buxo tallada a mano

The base drone plays a tonic note (Do) two octaves below that of the chanter while the tenor drone plays a tonic note (Do) one octave below that of the chanter. This bagpipe was carved by hand with designs emblematic of the Seivane workshop.

Height 115 cm
Width 75 cm

Álvaro & Xosé Manuel Seivane Bagpipe maker
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Gaita modelo Sargadelos

The base drone plays a tonic note (Do) two octaves below that of the chanter while the tenor drone plays a tonic note (Do) one octave below that of the chanter. This bagpipe is the result of the collaboration between Seivane and Sargadelos, the prestigious and historic Galician ceramic company which helped develop the projecting mounts.

Height 115 cm
Width 75 cm

Álvaro & Xosé Manuel Seivane Bagpipe maker

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