“Lorne MacDougall’s ability to move through all dimensions of music will continue to stand him in great stead, learning from the past, living in the present and looking forward to the future.”
— Piping Today
Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading contemporary bagpipers and musicians. He is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into outstanding soundtracks with credits ranging from movies including Disney Pixar’s “Brave” and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon” series to television shows like “Doctor Who” and “Thunderbirds”. His musical talents have brought the attention of such luminaries as Academy Award Nominated composer John Powell describing him as “clearly a hybrid who really does understand the rest of the musical world from the point of view of a being a piper”. Other recent soundtrack contributions include "Whisky Galore" by Patrick Doyle and "Victoria and Abdul" by Thomas Newman.
Lorne is one of Scotland leading innovative traditional musicians. Recent times have seen him achieve a 2012 MG Alba Scots Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year Nomination and previously placed 3 times in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final. He has an Honours Degree in Scottish Music specialising in Bagpipes.
As a recording artist he has recorded alongside a wide range of artists from Scottish legends Billy Connoly and BA Robertson as well as more recent stars like John Barrowman and two albums with Susan Boyle. More global appearances include representing Scotland in Disney’s “It’s a Small World World” for it’s 50th Anniversary video for Disney World. In 2017 he recorded on D Imman's soundtrack of the successful Tamil action film "Bogan" in the song "Senthoora" reaching over one million YouTube views in just days.
He makes regular media appearances ranging from talent shows like “The X Factor” and “Come Dine with Me” to crime dramas such as BBC 1’s “Shetland” and is no stranger to presenting being behind the online radio show “PlanetPipe” and occasional presenter on BBC Radio Scotland.
His career has covered the wide spectrum of Scottish music from 5 years touring the USA and Europe with the established world renouned, pioneering traditional folk band The Tannahill Weavers to having had various roles on on all releases from the masters of modern bagrock, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, being a driving force behind their music from inception. He produced one of their most successful pieces to date with "343 The Fallen" - a single released to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the USA.
As a composer his tunes have been recorded by some of the folk scene’s greatest artists as well as taken on board as the theme tune to Sky Sports’ SPL Football coverage. After releasing his highly acclaimed debut album “Hello World” in 2010 he is currently working on a follow up in 2018.
“...clearly a hybrid who really does understand the rest of the musical world from the point of view of being a piper.”
— John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon series) - Film Score Monthly
“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)