This week’s Album of the Week is Hello World from Lorne MacDougall.
Listen to Danny Matheson in conversation with Lorne form 12 noon and midnight on Saturday and from 6pm on Monday.
Three time BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland’s leading young pipers. Born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold of Kintyre Lorne was awarded a BA in Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2005 and has performed at many local and international festivals and has been involved in a number of recordings including UK Top 40 hits and albums achieving platinum disc status.
On leaving school, Lorne studied for his music degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, graduating with honours in 2005, one of the first graduates on the RSAMD’s piping course. He has played in Grade 1 pipe bands at world championship level from an early age including such leading bands as Scottish Power.
He has toured Scotland and Europe with his principal folk band Canterach, Brian McNeill’s “Baltic tae Byzantium”, The Muckle Loons and Bodega. He has performed at many significant festivals including Lorient, Aviles, Celtic Connections, Mull of Kintyre, Jura, and Orkney Folk Festival and the CoOperative Cambridge Folk Festival.
A versatile musician who plays Highland bagpipes, smallpipes, Border pipes, whistles, piano and keyboards, Lorne has made frequent radio appearances, including live sessions on BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, A Bit of a Blow and Pipeline, and as a session musician has appeared on many albums including the new Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ “Music for the Kilted Generation”, Alabama’s Jil Chambles’ new album and the 2008 BBC Scotland Children in Need single “We Have a Dream”.
As a composer his tunes have featured on albums from such bands as Skerryvore, Deoch ‘n’ Dorus, Stuart Cassells, the House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. They have also been used in various media events such as the theme music for Sky Sport’s SPL coverage.