Lorne MacDougall

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Musically qualified, award winning Bagpiper specialising in session bagpipes. Open for advice, collaboration and brainstorming! Also performer of Celtic Winds (Low Whistle, Penny Whistle etc).

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 “Brave”, “Whisky Galore” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” 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”. Most recently he recorded the bagpipes for Thomas Newman's score for "Victoria and Abdul" starring Dame Judi Dench.

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.

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19 Reviews

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  1. Review by Federico C.
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    Lorne delivered authentic Celtic sounds. He instinctively provided an arrangement, understanding my lack of experience writing for flutes and pipes. The arrangement was spot on.
    100% recommended.

  2. Review by T. L.
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    Stellar work. Lorne is great. Your project will be better with him onboard.

  3. Review by Tim hysen
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    What can I say! Didn’t know what to expect from this collaboration and how it would turn out at all. I had a melody and a vision and some reference to another bands sound, and he understood exactly what I was after. Even with some time pressure he delivered beyond my wildest fantasy. Got exactly what I was going for, no need for revisiting cos he nailed it at once. Played with his heart and sounded like he was a part of the band. Do yourself a really big favor and hire Lorne! I will again.

  4. Review by Olle V.
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    Result was 100% of what I had in mind. Absolute perfect service!

  5. Review by Harold d.
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    Lorne MacDougall was very contributive and willing to answers all my questions. During the evolution of producing his tracks for my CD Album, he discussed with me extensively notation and phrasing and interpretation of my hornpipe score. His caliber of piping, tuning and mic-ing delivered a recording that elevates my tune to a world class sound. It is sure to be an outstanding feature on my CD album with all the rhythm and expression that we discussed and I requested.

  6. Review by fabrice.bober
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    First contact with this instrument. Quite stunning. Lorne is a lovely person to work with. Very nice experience!

  7. Review by carter n.
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    fantastic, great to work with and a true master at the Highland Pipes.

  8. Review by Mella
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    Great client, great project, I couldn't ask for better! Highly recommend. Thank you so much for having me!

  9. Review by Brin B.
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    Lorne was an absolute delight to work with. He understood straight away what I needed, and was able to produce - at short notice - a beautiful pipe accompaniment for a song on my forthcoming album 'Songscape'. Lorne's combination of great musicianship, professionalism and outstanding communication made him a fabulous person to work with. Very highly recommended! And I can't wait to record my song :)

  10. Review by Chris Lavigne
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    Lorne is awesome to work with - great sound, easy to connect with and very responsive. He is a great musician!

  11. Review by Alex M.
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    Lorne is a really talented bagpipe and low whistle player and brought genuine enthusiasm to my project to deliver some great parts on my song.He is easy to communicate with also !

  12. Review by Charles K.
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    Strength...power, peace, full of emotion. This is what you write music for. Bless your heart, Lorne. Rest well in the continuation of life.
    Nakurmiik ✊🏼

  13. Review by Angus G.
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    Great player and top communication. Highly recommend.

  14. Review by Mikael Ö.
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    Excellent, great recordings and a pleasure to work with.

  15. Review by Lee K.
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    Great musician, really stuck it out to the end. Cheers!

  16. Review by Yaniv Y.
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    Professional , Very good sound quality , kind , Communicative , fast response ,and whats really awesome that he is a TOP NOTC Musician / Bagpipes & Flute Player

  17. Review by Nick G.
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    Lorne is wonderful to work with. He's talented, fast and professional. I gave him a pop song, asked him to compose and play an accompanying bagpipes piece and 48 hours later it was in my hands. The bagpipes were excellent. Well done!

  18. Review by mariano s.
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    Excellent bagpipe and whistle player and a pleasure to work with!

  19. Review by Zooey
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    Lorne did a great job on our song, his pipes added a lot of flavor. Would definitely work with him again.

Interview with Lorne MacDougall

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: Transcribing from a sampled bagpipe, then finding ways to make it happen!

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Problem Solving! If the customer has little understanding of bagpipes, I can help out.

  5. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  6. A: Bagpipe arranger and performer for many movie soundtracks. Most recently How To Train Your Dragon - The Hidden World.

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