Carradale piper up for prestigious trad music award

Lorne MacDougall has contributed to the scores of many television programmes and movies.

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A piper who arranges music for Hollywood movies from his small home studio in Carradale has been nominated for Session Recording Musician of the Year in an awards ceremony nicknamed the ‘Folk Oscars’.

Lorne MacDougall will be up against four others in his category at the 17th MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Industry Awards 2019, hosted by Hands up for Trad, on Saturday December 7 in Aberdeen Music Halls.

The aim of the awards, which is one of the most prestigious events in the Scottish music calendar, is to highlight the country’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media and the public.

The ceremony will feature live music from leading Scots musicians, including Skerryvore, Session A9, Heisk, Benedict Morris, Aberdeenshire Folk Music Project, Robyn Stapleton, Kris Drever, Susan McFadyen and her Scottish Dance Band and Mairi Campbell and the Pendulum Band. There will also be a late night ceilidh after the awards until 1am.

Lorne said: ‘I feel incredibly honoured to have been nominated for the award. Win or lose, it’s always heartening for a musician to have your work recognised not only by industry peers but also by your listeners. So for anyone who votes for me, I’d like to say: ‘Thanks very much!’.

‘It often feels quite surreal to be working in my small home studio in Carradale, looking out over Kilbrannan Sound to Arran, and arranging music for Hollywood movies that will be heard by millions of people.

‘I’m genuinely lucky to be able to do some demos at home right through the night and not annoy anyone except my dad… some of my best ideas come at 4am!

‘I also take a lot of inspiration for my work from the natural beauty of Carradale and Kintyre.

‘The downside is sometimes, when I’m out on one of my walks along the bay or through the forest, people think I’m being rude and ignoring them.

‘Actually, I’m avidly taking in the scenery while listening intensely to scores I have to learn. So, if I don’t say hello, sorry! I’m just really getting into the music!’

You can vote for Lorne by visiting the awards website at