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 1920’s, that was more firmly standardized in the 90’s.

The “gaita de fol” (pipe with bag) also called by its region “Gaita Galega” is a wonderfull, flexible instrument, that uses narrower bores than its ancesters, making it slightly more silence and melow.
During its history, the Galician Gaita grew from a single drones instrument to having now up to three.
It now plays Jonian mode (or a major scale), fully chromatic, and is able to play into the sencond 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 caracteristics.
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 1990’s. From three knowed regional models, the portuguese are still standardized their Folk bagpipe.

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

The scale is still an on-going debated. However, it’s most concensual and disctinctive chanter feature is to have a minor 3th (or melodic minor scale), with the 6th and 7th still being debated.

The chanter is now able to ventures into the second octave, and into chromatic modulations.

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

Of course during its positive evolution it also lost some amazing caracteristics.
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 into the local music traditions, and historical instruments that gave birth to the standartized versions.
That way the Maker is able to sintesis of the more commom features of an instrument, and propose it’s own modern version.
Gonçalo has started by producing the Gaitas that were 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 secion, because after that you will surely find Folk versions of those Gaitas here.

Folk Galician Gaita

The customer may expect a similar funcioning and sound caracteristics from all the following instruments. However more labor intensive instruments are more expensive.

Gonçalo’s musical instruments are 100% hand made, 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 Galician Gaita

The customer may expect a similar funcioning and sound caracteristics from all the following instruments. However more labor intensive instruments are more expensive.

Gonçalo’s musical instruments are 100% hand made, 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 €

Scandinavian & Baltic Bagpipes

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

Finland

Since he has 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 mater in the region is still on-going.

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