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The following pages display a sequence of images that illustrate assorted moments from the Seivane family’s journey and their relationship with the world of the gaita and Galician folklore, plus its evolution in the last fifty years.

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‘Os amigos’: The first group that Seivane belonged to: Federico, Seivane and Atilano. 1948.
‘Airiños da Ribeira’: Benjamín, Xosé Seivane, López and Darío (Paderne, Ribeira de Piquín). 1951.
‘Airiños da Ribeira’: Jaime, Xosé Seivane and Darío (San Blás, Barcia, Ribeira de Piquín) 1968.

The first musical steps of Susana with her father Alvaro, November 1976.
Ricardo Portela and Xosé Seivane, tuning his gaita, in Ribeira de Piquín (Lugo) - 1979.
Álvaro, Xosé Manuel and Xosé Seivane at the workshop in Ribeira de Piquín (Lugo). 1979.

Álvaro with his daughter, Susana Seivane, trying to play the hurdy gurdy. 1979.
Xosé Seivane playing a gaita blackwood inlaid with ivory. Ribeira de Piquín, 1980.
The ‘A Festa da Malla’ film was recorded in Cuíñas - Ribeira de Piquín. Xosé Seivane appeared in it, playing the gaita, during the ‘Festa da Malla’ festivities. 1980.

Álvaro Seivane, in the Barcelona workshop. 1984.
The ‘Muxicas’ group: They are (from left to right): Manolo ‘Rin-Rin’, Nazario Glez. ‘Moxenas’, Xosé Manuel Fernández, Liño Figueroa and Xosé Anxo Failde, 1984.
Jorge Portela Seivane, Álvaro and a 12 years old Susana playing in a family meeting, 1988.

Xosé Seivane carving a gaita at the Ribeira de Piquín workshop. 1990.
A Text by Moxenas, a bagpiper/poet, for Xosé Seivane, 1990.
Photograph dedicated by Jean Pierre Van Gees, great expert on the gaitas of the world and Mussette virtuoso, 1990.

Mike Oldfield playing a Seivane gaita, 1992.
Xosé Manuel and Xosé Seivane at the Ribeira de Piquín workshop. In the foreground, two goat skin gaita bags. 1993.
Sainza Seivane, Álvaro Seivane’s second daughter, playing the gaita and Dubi playing the ‘tarrañolas’ (a traditional Galician instrument similar to castanets). A Coruña, 1993.

A visit made by the students and teachers of the closed fingering style gaita course taught at the ‘Marmurios de Leucoiña’ Folklore Association in Pontevedra. May 1995.
Álvaro and Xosé with Carina Fragoso and Gloria López, teachers in the Sociedad Parroquial de Vedra, Buenos Aires, 1996.
A visit made by the ‘Anduriña’ group, part of the Galician Centre in Miranda de Ebro. August 1997.

Álvaro and Xosé with Maximino Souto, playing the chanter in low D, 1998.
David López, "Jaiteiro" (bagpiper) from Barcelona, 2000.
Xosé Seivane at the Obradoiro de Gaitas Seivane, in Cambre. 2002.

Maximino Souto, Irma Seivane (Xosé Manuel Seivane’s daughter), Manuel Alonso and José María Gutiérrez, at the ‘Xantar gaiteiro’ – a meal held amongst bagpipers. Ordes (A Coruña) - 2005.
Antón Davila, Galician bagpiper, a member of the internationally renowned group, ‘Celtas Cortos’, 2005.
Xosé and Álvaro congratulate José Luís Calle, in the presence of Raul Galego, as he receives the Golden Gaita awarded during the ‘Constantino Bellón’ contest, 2005.

Footballers Fran and Mauro Silva listen to Susana’s explanations at the stand occupied by the Obradoiro de Gaitas Seivane, Cambre, at the Businessmen’s Fair, May 2005.
Álvaro with Jorj Botuha, the famed bombarde maker, at his workshop in Auray (Brittany), 2005.
The gaiteiro Xosé Cardelle plays his gaita in boxwood, tuned in F, 2005.

“Os Seivane”. Everyone plays a Galician traditional instrument to brighten up the family parties, 2006.
Jaime Portela and Clarita Seivane playing their own gaitas in Seivane's stand at the Elai-alai folklore fair. Portugalete, May of 2006.
The american musician Kevin Karr during a visit to the Obradoiro Seivane. July, 2006.

Patrick Molard, one of the best Breton bagpipers, playing a F/C duet with Daniel Bellón, one of the best Galician bagpipers. Lorient, August of 2006.
Antwn Owen Hicks and Gafin Morgan, Welsh bagpipers, in the stand of Seivane. Lorient, August of 2006.
Luís Correa ‘o Caruncho’ playing a new bagpipe in the Seivane's tuning room, 2006.

Pedro Lamas, a very good musician and composer from Cecebre, 2006.
Álvaro and Xosé Manuel Seivane with the actress María Castro, 2009.
The gaiteiro Xoan Carlos Rilo, 2009.

Xosé Manuel Seivane and his son Xosé Manuel are turning, 2009.
The Seivane in training, 2010.
Each Seivane with an instrument, the Brais small gaita is made specially for him, 2010.

The four Seivane generations around music, 2010.
Brais listens carefully his great-grandfather while trying to take some notes to the “charango”, 2010.
Brais interested in the clarinet of him great-grandfather Xosé Manuel Seivane, 2010.

Our patriarch Xosé Manuel Seivane and his son Álvaro, Enrique Otero and Antón Corral, 2010.
The little Brais is playing the bass drum, 2010.
Seivane brothers with Patrick Molard, 2010.

Seivane with the gaiteiro Freixo from As Pontes, 2010.
Seivane and Xan Bello Mallou, one of the great old gaiteiros, model of the traditional Galician music, all his life linked to Cantigas e Agarimos, by teaming up with the legendary craftsman Basilio Carril, among others, 2011.
Brais Seivane of 3 years old is playing for the children of the Graxal school from Cambre, 2011.

Our patriarch sees the gaiteiro Piñeiro and Brais playing together, 2011.
Susana Seivane kisses her grandfather Xosé Manuel Seivane on his 90's birthday, 2011. Photo Xurxo Lobato.
The patriarch Seivane with the journalist Albino Mallo, 2011.

Xosé Manuel Seivane, Brais, Enrique Otero and Manuel Alonso from Noitarega and his wife, 2011. Photo Xurxo Lobato.
The supergaiteiro Brais Seivane, 2012.
Yuki Kojima from Japan with Susana, Álvaro and Xosé Manuel Seivane, 2012.

Alvaro and Xosé Manuel Seivane with Mikiko Watanabe, 2012.
Here with Ramón Maril, gaita and percussion teacher in Cantigas e Agarimos and Gaiteiros de Buxantes, between others, 2013.
With Nando Casal, founding member of Milladoiro, 2013.

With Xosé Ferreirós, founding member of Milladoiro, 2013.
Susana Seivane (pregnant with her first son) and Roberto Portela Seivane with the accordionist Kepa Junkera, 2013.
Susana Seivane with her son Fiz in arms, with the gaiteiro Daniel Pazos from Argentina, 2013.

With Xaquín Xesteira and his children “Os Xeitosiños”, Anxo and Roi, 2013.
Álvaro, Xosé Manuel and Susana in the Fair of Traditional Instruments from Pardiñas, (Lugo), 2013.
Carlos Núñez picks up with his chanter of adjustable tone, Seitor, from the hands of Álvaro and Xosé Manuel Seivane, 2013.

The gaiteira Cristina Pato and Wu Tong, craftsman and great player of sheng, a traditional instrument chinese, 2013.
Michael Portillo and his team of the documentary series Great Continental Railway Journeys from BBC, 2014.
Álvaro with Manoel Muxico from Barcelona, teacher of Irmandade a Nosa Galiza de Mollet and Agrupación Saudade, and Iván Costa from Moaña, member of Son de Seu, 2014.

The craftsmans Seivane and Brais, 2014. Foto Víctor Jove.
Miro Casabella, one of the most great Galician artist committed to the Galician music, 2015.
Os Seivane, 2015.

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