“...clearly a hybrid who really does understand the rest of the musical world from the point of view of a being a piper.” - John Powell
— How To Train Your Dragon 2
Lorne MacDougall, a Scottish traditional musician, is known for his ability to seamlessly integrate his bagpipes and whistle sounds, with credits ranging from movies like Disney Pixar's Brave and DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon series to television shows like The Crown, Doctor Who, Good Omens, Call the Midwife and Thunderbirds Are Go. With an Honours Degree in Scottish Music, MacDougall has achieved numerous accolades, including an MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year Nomination and three consecutive placements in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final.
Througout 2023 he was bagpipe advisor and recording artist on the final episode of The Crown and appeared briefly as the Piper to the Sovereign in the episode “Ruritania”.
MacDougall's piping and arrangements have been featured in various TV series, including Amazon Prime's Good Omens, Netflix's The Sea Beast, McDonald and Dodds, Disney Park's Harmonious, and BBC One's Silent Witness. He was also a mass bagpiper for Hans Zimmer's 2021 movie Dune.
During the 2020 lockdown, MacDougall worked remotely on Patrick Doyle's The Declaration of Arbroath, Lorne Balfe's Songbird, and the studio ident for Ian Bryce's production company. He arranged and recorded pipes for the BBC Scotland sitcom Still Game in 2019 and played a key role in the Christmas special of the popular BBC drama Call the Midwife.
MacDougall has also recorded alongside artists such as Billy Connolly, BA Robertson, John Barrowman, and Susan Boyle. He has also represented Scotland in Disney's It's a Small World World and recorded on D Imman's soundtrack of the Tamil film Bogan.
MacDougall's career spans across Scottish music, from touring with The Tannahill Weavers to working with The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
“His pipes have joy and life breezing out of them, and I can’t help feeling a swelling in the heart whenever I hear his ancient trilling and galloping and swirling coming out of my speakers. His music is often loud and foot-stompingly fast, sometimes introspective and almost always capable of evoking distinctively highland landscapes and ancient Celtic rites.” - Murray Gold
— Doctor Who