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What can we tell you about Lorne MacDougall that won’t get us all in hot water? Well, he’s tall, ginger and handsome – the kind of man who could hide in an orange grove – and was born and brought up in Carradale on that bagpiping stronghold of Kintyre. He loves Subway sandwiches and has a penchant for evening walks on Carradale Bay where he . . . Oh, you mean professionally?
Well, let’s see: he is a three times finalist for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year, a nominee for 2012 Scots Trad Instrumentalist of the Year and was one of the first sentient beings (that we know of, from this planet) to qualify with the BA Scottish Music-Piping degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
And, yes, if you must know, he was the featured soloist at the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prom in the Albert Hall, lead piper in the Disney Pixar movie Brave, red carpet performer at Brave’s European Premiere, composer for VisitScotland’s recent ad campaign and an onscreen performer in BBC Scotland’s Shetland crime drama. No, he didn’t do it. It was probably the fisherman with the candelabra.
When he isn’t strolling along Carradale Bay of an evening, Lorne packs a haversack with spare socks and sandwiches and is off touring Scotland, performing at festivals, including Lorient, Celtic Connections and Cambridge, or releasing CDs, such as his ever-so-popular Hello World.
Oh, and here’s on for pub quiz fans. Who composed and performed the theme music for Sky Sport’s SPL football coverage from the 2009 onwards? And for one point . . . yes, Lorne MacDougall!
If you need to know more, we’re all out, but why not ask the man himself? If he’s not on Carradale Bay or playing at a president’s inauguration, chances are you can catch him on PlanetPipe, yon online piping podcast he produces and presents. Failing that, just email him: email@example.com
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