Lorne MacDougall

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Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading contemporary bagpipers and musicians.

Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading contemporary bagpipers and musicians. He is known for seamlessly integrating his sounds into television and film scores with credits ranging from “Brave” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, to “Doctor Who”, “Thunderbirds” and “Whisky Galore” as well as many exciting Scottish and Gaelic projects. His musical talents have brought the attention of luminaries such as Academy Award Nominated 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”. 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 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. 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 Disney World. He makes regular media appearances ranging from talent shows like “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 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 renouned, 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”.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
Traditional church music, Military, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Marching, Scottish music
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Bagpipes, Tin Whistle, Composer, Arranger, Producer
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Skye Boat Song
The Gael from Last of the Mohicans
Chasing Cars
Scotland The Brave
Mairi's Wedding
Loch Lomond
Flower of Scotland
Highland Cathedral
Music from Brave
Campbeltown Loch
Mist Covered Mountains
Cannon in D
Amazing Grace
She Moves through the Fair
Fix You
The Highland Wedding
Atholl Highlanders
Highland Laddie
The Black Bear
The Dark Island
The Barren Rocks of Aiden
Auld Lang Syne
Outlander Theme
The Mucking of Geordie's Byre
Bonnie Dundee
The Hills of Argyll
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

That should usually be fine as I would normally have booked the whole day for one client.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

This would be unusual for a piper!

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually take 30 mins to set up. If the event is a longer journey from Glasgow I may travel in plain clothes and may require an extra 15 mins to change.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes - the set list provided is extremely basic. I literally know thousands of tunes, so just ask if you'd like me to play something else.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. Instrument needs no amplification!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Absolutely no problem at all and at no extra fee, unless it's a complicated piece.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I'm happy to arrange and learn new pieces. They also love chatting about some of the interesting projects I've been in solved with.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Various venues throughout the world.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Gordon Duncan Fred Morrison Martyn Bennett

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Doctor Who at the Proms probably, but I regularly perform to thousands at festivals and events.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£170
Up to 1 hour£170
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£200
Tune Composition and Performance
I'll give you one of my tunes, with a title you would like and performed at your event. Also includes framed copy of music for the tune.


From customers:

Film M, 4 years ago

...clearly a hybrid who really does understand the rest of the musical world from the point of view of being a piper.

Living M, 9 years ago

…the synthesis of where pipers in the traditional scene have been taking the music for the last twenty years. It’s a very good place!