About Lorne

Recently described as “…a great musical tour de force, placing that ancient instrument and it’ s music firmly into the 2nd decade of the 21st century” – Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotlands leading innovative pipers.  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 is known for seemlessly inegrating his sounds into television and film scores with credits ranging from “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, “Brave” to “Doctor Who” as well as many exciting Scottish and Gaelic projects. His musical talents have brought the attention of luminaries such as Academy Award Nomitaed composer John Powell describing him as being “clearly a hybrid who really does understand the rest of the musical world from the point of view of a being a piper”.

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 Susan Boyle and John Barrowman. More global appearances include representing Scotland in Disney’s “It’s a Small World World” for it’s 50th Anniversary video for Disneyworld.

He makes regular media appearences ranging from talent shows like “The X Factor” to crime dramas such as BBC 1’s “Shetland” and is no stranger to presenting being behind the online radio show “PlanetPipe” and occasional guest presenter on BBC Radio Scotland.

His career has covered the wide spectrum of Scottish music from touring the USA and Europe with the established world renound, pioneering traditional folk band The Tannahill Weavers to co-producing and performing all releases from the masters of modern bagrock, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, being a driving force behind their music from inception.

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 this year – “Square One”.