“...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
Based in Glasgow, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading innovative traditional musicians performing on a range of bagpipes and whistles. Recent times have seen him achieve an MG Alba Scots Trad 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.
He is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into soundtracks with highlighted credits ranging from movies like Disney Pixar’s Brave and DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon series to television shows like Doctor Who and Thunderbirds Are Go.
His piping and pipe arrangements feature in the 2023 Amazon Prime series Good Omens. 2022 saw him pipe for the role of the Ship's Piper in Netflix' The Sea Beast. Recently he has arranged the bagpipe parts for ITV's McDonald and Dodds and Disney Park's Harmonious as well as a folk trio for BBC One forensic drama Silent Witness. He was one of the mass bagpipers who recorded for the 2021 movie Dune for Hans Zimmer.
During the 2020 lockdown he continued to work remotely contributing to Patrick Doyle's The Declaration of Arbroath, Lorne Balfe's Songbird and the studio ident for Ian Bryce's production company premiering in the Netflix movie Finding Ohana.
In 2019 he arranged and recorded the pipes for the long-running BBC Scotland sitcom Still Game for The Final Farewell show at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. His piping featured prominently in the Christmas special of the popular BBC drama Call the Midwife. Other soundtrack contributions include Whisky Galore and Victoria and Abdul.
He has worked on various other projects with these composers including Patrick Doyle’s highly praised Scottish Overture premiered at Celtic Connections in January 2019. He soloed to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Prom.
As a recording artist, he has recorded alongside a range of artists from Scottish legends Billy Connolly and BA Robertson to more recent stars like John Barrowman and two albums with Susan Boyle. He also provided the pipes and whistle to the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Performance Welcome to Glasgow by Steve Anderson and Cliff Masterson.
He represented Scotland in Disney’s It’s a Small World World for it’s 50th Anniversary video at Disney World and impressing Richard M Sherman, one of the song’s original composers. In 2017 he recorded on D Imman's soundtrack of the successful Tamil film Bogan in the song Senthoora reaching over one million YouTube views in just days.
He makes regular on-screen appearances ranging from talent shows like Strictly Come Dancing, 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 a regular guest 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-renowned, 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 until 2020. He produced one of their most successful singles 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 for 2022.
“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