Susana Seivane

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Susana Seivane
Susana Seivane during a performance on the gaita
Background information
Birth name Susana Seivane Hoyo
Born (1976-08-25) 25 August 1976 (age 41)
Origin Barcelona, Spain
Instruments Bagpipes

Susana Seivane Hoyo (born 25 August 1976) is a Galician gaita (bagpipes) player. She was born in Barcelona, Spain, into a family of well-known Galician luthiers and musicians, the Seivane family, whose workshop is the Obradoiro de Gaitas Seivane. She started her musical career at the age of three. Guided by her father Álvaro Seivane and influenced by skilled bagpipers such as her grandfather Xosé Manuel Seivane, Ricardo Portela and Moxenas, she is notable in the bagpipe world and the world of traditional Galician music for synthesizing the "enxebre" style of the ancient bagpipers while creating her own style including other musical influences.


From 1999, when Susana Seivane issued her first album, the gaiteira gave many concerts and participated in festivals in Spain, other European countries and the United States and receiving praise from the public and from critics. She goes to many important national and international festivals and travels around the world, having attended the Festival Celtic Connections in Scotland, the Festival Rudolstadt in Germany, the Dranouter Fest in Belgium, the Irish Festival in Italy, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, the Brampton Festival, Eastleigh Summer Music Festival, and Cambridge Folk Festival in England, and the Malahide International Festival of Piping & Drumming in Ireland. In France she has performed in concert in Paris, Nantes, Lyons, Les Irlandays, Juvisy sur Orge, the Festival du Bout du Monde and the Festival de Saint-Loup in Guingamp. In Spain she has played at the Festival Folk de Getxo, the Mercat de la Música Viva de Vic in Barcelona, La Mar de Músicas at Cartagena, the Festival Mendébala de Bizkaia, the Festival Folk de Segovia, San Froilán de Barcelona, Karrantza de Bizkaia, and the Festival Folk de Cantabria. She often appears in Galicia at venues such as the Festival do mundo celta de Ortigueira, San Froilán en Lugo, Festas de Maria Pita, Praza Maior de Ourense, Praza da Quintana de Santiago de Compostela, and Pontevedra.



  • Celtic Colours; Vol 4 (2001) (1 song)
  • Celtic Women (Keltia)



  • "With her, folk regains grounds for hope"--ABC
  • "Her way of understanding bagpipes, far from being experimental or open, speaks from the tradition"--ABC
  • "Susana Seivane, caste bagpiper: although the Galician tradition was always at the centre of Susana Seivane's musical life, this muse of bagpipes injects a renewed and innovative flavouring to her songs and records. Susana Seivane is an inspired and inspiring muse, especially when she sails the seas of time with the sounds of her magic gaita"--World Music
  • "Her concerts are, surely, the most refined expression that Galician traditional music can reach"--Diario de Pontevedra

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