Folk Bagpipes Catalog

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Iberian Gaitas

Gaita or “Gaita de fole” is the name for an established array of distinctive folk Bagpipes in the northwest part of Iberia

Galician Gaita

Description

Folk Galician Gaita

The Galician Gaita is a one, to three drone tradicional bagpipe from the historical province of Galicia, in nowadays Spain.

It has a balanced focused sound, flexible for indoor and outdoors playing.

About

Although the Galician Gaita is certainly ancestral, the established folk instrument is a recent evolution from the 1920s, that was more firmly standardized in the 90s.

The “Gaita de fol” (pipe with bag) also called by its region “Gaita Galega” is a wonderful, flexible instrument, that uses narrower bores than its ancestors, making it slightly more silent and mellow.
During its history, the Galician Gaita grew from a single drone instrument to now up to three.
It now plays Jonian mode (or a major scale), is fully chromatic, and is able to play into the second octave.

The established fingering is now fully open, with some of the old closed fingerings still available.

Of course, during its positive evolution, it also lost some amazing characteristics.
For that, check out Historical replicas

  • Chromatics
  • Second octave
  • Volume

Portuguese Gaita

Description

Folk Portuguese Gaita

The portuguese Gaita is a one drone tradicional Bagpipe from the uplands in the northeast region.

It has a loud full sound more sutible for outdoors or indoor dancing halls.

About

The Portuguese piping tradition trails back centuries. However, the established Portuguese Gaita is a recent evolution from the late 1990s. From three known regional models, the Portuguese are still standardizing their Folk bagpipe.

The “Gaita-de-foles” (pipe with bag) also sometimes called, depending on its region, “Gaita Mirandesa“, is a powerful, although rounded, sound instrument, that uses similar large bores as its ancestors, keeping much of the old timbre.
During its history, the Portuguese Gaita has kept its very traditional single drone over the shoulder, and its goat-shaped bag.

The scale is still an ongoing debate. However, its most consensual and distinctive chanter feature is to have a minor 3rd (or melodic minor scale), with the 6th and 7th still being debated.

The chanter can now venture into the second octave and into chromatic modulations.

The evidence seems to point to a long-standing tradition of fully open fingering style. However, the chanter responds well to closed fingerings, making other scales and intonations available to the advanced piper.

Of course, during its positive evolution, it also lost some fantastic characteristics.
For that, check out Historical replicas

  • Chromatics
  • Second octave
  • Volume

Other Gaitas

About

To produce a Folk version, or “established model” of a Bagpipe, a Maker should be well versed in the local music traditions, and historical instruments that gave birth to the standardized versions.
That way the Maker is able to synthesise the more commom features of an instrument and propose its own modern version.
Gonçalo started by producing the Gaitas “closer to home”, but has been progressively fascinated with the Asturian Gaita, the Aragon Gaita and the Catalonian Sac de Gemecs.
Pay attention to the Historical instruments section, because after that you will find Folk versions of those Gaitas here.

Folk Galician Gaita

The customer may expect similar functioning and sound characteristics from all the following instruments. However, more labour-intensive instruments are more expensive.

Gonçalo’s musical instruments are 100% handmade and customized to the musician’s needs, therefore priced on a case-to-case basis.

For a rough estimate here are the prices of instruments made in the past:

 

No ornamentation rings
Single rings Double rings Triple rings
1 drone 985,00 € 1 190,00 €
2 drone 1 250,00 € 1 520,00 € 1 820,00 € 2 065,00 €
3 drone 1 825,00 € 2 180,00 € 2 475,00 €

Folk Portuguese Gaita

The customer may expect similar functioning and sound characteristics from all the following instruments. However, more labour-intensive instruments are more expensive.

Gonçalo’s musical instruments are 100% handmade and customized to the musician’s needs, therefore priced on a case-to-case basis.

For a rough estimate here are the prices of instruments made in the past:

 

No ornamentation rings
Single rings Double rings Triple rings
1 drone 985,00 € 1 190,00 €

Scandinavian & Baltic Bagpipes

Säckpipa, Torupil & Dudas are some of the established folk bagpipes of the Baltic sea region

Finland

Since he moved to Finland to research the Säkkipilli bagpipe, Gonçalo has started to also manufacture single reed cylindrical-bore* bagpipes, common in the Scandinavian & Baltic regions.

* The terms conical & cylindrical are a broad generalisation since the research on this matter in the region is still ongoing.

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Porto – Portugal

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