Lorne's debut solo album.
“Lorne asked me to write some sleeve notes for a project he was working on early in 2009. He had just made it through to the finals of the BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year. He later told me the album would be called “Hello World” which I thought was a suitably optimistic and bracing title for a collection of his music.
He’s a very talented musician to be sure. 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.
Whether in the bravura energy of “The Gravel Walk” or the bewitching Ry Cooder-ish tex-Celtic “Lament For Small Isles” or the title track, “Hello World”, which somehow brings a touch of Brazilian influence and lightness to the table, Lorne is always in control of his sound and listening to the other players around him.
He plays four instruments in this collection: the weighty highland pipes, the quieter border pipes, the more transparent small pipes and a delightful whistle. He is provided with excellent support by a fine group of folk/traditional musicians. I look forward to much more from Lorne in the coming months and years.”
Murray Gold, Film and TV Composer (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Shameless).
"The piping style of Argyllshire is something that never seems to go out of vogue. Its timeless appeal can be found in the ancient styles of the traditional music but as heard on this recording it can also be successfully fashioned to suit the most contemporary cutting edge piping, without compromising the technique or integrity of the bagpipe. Lorne forges his very own style of music and compositions but also seems to keep true to his Argyllshire roots in his musical delivery, passion and originality of the music.
This is a piper’s portfolio that embraces the past but still manages to drive forward the pipe music of the future and like his bagpipe, the future is bright."
Pipe Major Robert Mathieson