Lorne MacDougall

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Bagpiper you may have heard from The Crown, Brave and many more.
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Lorne MacDougall, a Scottish traditional musician, has achieved numerous accolades, including an MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year Nomination and three consecutive placements in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Final. With an Honours Degree in Scottish Music, MacDougall is known for his ability to seamlessly integrate his bagpipes and whistle sounds, with 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. Througout 2023 he was bagpipe advisor and recording artist on the final episode of The Crown and appeared briefly as the Piper to the Sovereign in the episode “Ruritania”. MacDougall's piping and arrangements have been featured in various TV series, including Amazon Prime's Good Omens, Netflix's The Sea Beast, McDonald and Dodds, Disney Park's Harmonious, and BBC One's Silent Witness. He was also a mass bagpiper for Hans Zimmer's 2021 movie Dune. During the 2020 lockdown, MacDougall worked remotely on Patrick Doyle's The Declaration of Arbroath, Lorne Balfe's Songbird, and the studio ident for Ian Bryce's production company. He arranged and recorded pipes for the BBC Scotland sitcom Still Game in 2019 and played a key role in the Christmas special of the popular BBC drama Call the Midwife. MacDougall has also recorded alongside artists such as Billy Connolly, BA Robertson, John Barrowman, and Susan Boyle. He has also represented Scotland in Disney's It's a Small World World and recorded on D Imman's soundtrack of the Tamil film Bogan. MacDougall's career spans across Scottish music, from touring with The Tannahill Weavers to working with The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

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Traditional church music, Military, Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional Scottish folk, Marching, Scottish music, Traditional Irish folk, Folk rock
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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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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Composer, Producer, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC
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Lorne's Song list

Skye Boat Song
The Gael from Last of the Mohicans
The Wellerman
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
The Drunken Piper
Paddy McGinty's Goat
Scots Wa Hae
The High Road to Linton
The Sleeping Tune
We Will Rock You
Can you Feel the Love Tonight
All of Me
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.

Lorne's Prices

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)£150
Up to 1 hour£165
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£200
Bagpipe Workshop
Teach adults or children the basics of the bagpipes, and even let them have a shot of a demo set of pipes!
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
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.


Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned

Lorne's Reviews

From customers:

Film M
9 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
14 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!