Horse McDonald

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Horse McDonald
Horse McDonald performing on the ColognePride 2014
Horse McDonald performing on the ColognePride 2014
Background information
Birth nameSheena Mary McDonald
Born (1958-11-22) 22 November 1958 (age 64)
Newport on Tay, Fife, Scotland
GenresIndie, soul, pop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1987–present
LabelsCapitol, MCA, Randan, Kosmic Music
MembersHorse McDonald (vocals, guitar)
Andrew Samson (drums)
/ Gemma Filby (keyboards, vocals)
Gordon Turner (lead guitar, vocals)
Andy Jackson (sound)
Past membersGeorge Hutchison
Steve Cochrane
Steve Cooke
Steve Vanstis
Angela McAlinden
Graham Brierton
Jennifer Clark (double bass, bass guitar)

Horse McDonald (born Sheena Mary McDonald, 22 November 1958) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. She is noted mainly for her rich, sonorous voice,[1] and The Scotsman referred to her as "One of Scotland's all-time great vocalists, also possessed of a keen songwriting intelligence".[citation needed]


McDonald was born on 22 November 1958 in Newport on Tay, Fife, Scotland.

In the 1980s, she toured with Tina Turner and BB King.[2] To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut album The Same Sky, Horse and her band played the entire album on a tour of the United Kingdom in October and November 2010.

In 2011, McDonald performed a duet with Heather Peace, on a song they wrote together, Beechwood avenue.[citation needed]

McDonald toured in March 2011, playing an acoustic set with the full band. These concerts featured "exclusive previews of several new songs from the upcoming ninth album, as well as Horse standards and rare B sides".[3]

She was also slated to appear in the soundtrack of the [needs update] UK independent film, About Her.[4]

McDonald appeared on the 2012 charity single 'It Does Get Better' created by The L Project. The single benefitted LGBT charities and was written in response to the suicide of LGBT teenagers.[5][6]

She performed a one-off show at the Barrowland, Glasgow 2 March 2013 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of God's Home Movie and the release of her ninth studio album HOME.[7]

In January 2013 she married her long-term partner, Alanna, in the town of Lanark, Scotland, where she lived as a teenager.[2]



  • The Same Sky (Capitol, 1990) – UK Number 44
  • God's Home Movie (MCA, 1993) – UK Number 42
  • Both Sides (Randan, 2000) (with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra)
  • Hindsight ... It's a Wonderful Thing (Randan, 2001)
  • Only All of Me (Randan, 2003)
  • Coveted (Randan, 2004)
  • Red Haired Girl (Kosmic Music, 2007)
  • Coming Up For Air (Randan, 2009)
  • Home (Randan, 5 August 2013)[8][9]
  • Odds & Sods (Randan, 2015)


Year Single Peak positions Album
1989 "You Could Be Forgiven" 76 The Same Sky
1990 "The Speed of the Beat of My Heart" 81
"Sweet Thing" 96 58
"Careful" 52
1993 "Shake This Mountain" 52 God's Home Movie
"God's Home Movie" 56
1994 "Celebrate" 49
1997 "Careful ('97 Remixes)" 44 single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  • "Sometimes I..." (1999)
  • "Same Old, Same Old" (2006)
  • "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (2010)[8]
  • "I Am" (2012) Rocket Science Remix[12]
  • "Home" ( Randan, 1 Jul 2013)


  1. ^ "Horse McDonald – Outspoken Arts Scotland". Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Dingwall, John (8 January 2013). "Music star Horse McDonald returns to home town that shunned her for being gay to wed love of life". dailyrecord.
  3. ^ "News item on the official Horse website". Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Soundtrack contributors on the "About Her" website". Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  5. ^ "The L Project". It Does Get Better. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  6. ^ "It Does Get Better - The L Project (Official LGBT Charity Song)". It Does Get better. Archived from the original on 18 December 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Barrowland Ballroom History". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 259. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ – Discography – accessed March 2009
  10. ^ "Official Charts Company: Horse". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Horse – German Chart". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  12. ^ "News item on the official Horse Newsletter". Horse Newsletter. Retrieved 1 June 2012.

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