Horse (musician)

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Horse McDonald performing on the ColognePride 2014
Background information
Birth name Sheena Mary McDonald
Born (1958-11-22) 22 November 1958 (age 58)
Newport on Tay, Fife, Scotland
Genres Indie, soul, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1987–present
Labels Capitol, MCA, Randan, Kosmic Music
Associated acts Astrakhan, Rhesus Negative, Bachue, The Gospel Truth Choir, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Members Horse McDonald (vocals, guitar)
Andrew Samson (drums)
/ Gemma Filby (keyboards, vocals)
Gordon Turner (lead guitar, vocals)
Jennifer Clark (double bass, bass guitar)
Andy Jackson (sound)
Past members Angela McAlinden
Graham Brierton

Horse (born Sheena Mary McDonald, 22 November 1958 in Newport on Tay, Fife, Scotland) is a Scottish female singer-songwriter. She has a wide following in the UK and worldwide and has toured with Tina Turner and secured several record chart hits in Europe. She is noted mainly for her rich, sonorous voice, and The Scotsman referred to her as "one of Scotland's all-time great vocalists, also possessed of a keen songwriting intelligence".

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut album The Same Sky, Horse and her band played the entire album on a concert tour of the United Kingdom in October and November 2010.

In 2011, Horse performed a duet with Heather Peace, on a song they wrote together: Beechwood avenue.[1]

Horse toured in March 2011, playing an unplugged 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".[2]

She is also slated to appear in the soundtrack of the forthcoming[needs update] UK independent film, About Her.[3]

Horse 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.[4]

Horse and her band had a UK wide tour in 2012 and visited Australia (Perth, Sydney, Melbourne) to great reviews.[citation needed]

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.[5]

She will be touring later this year[needs update] in the UK, Germany and Australia.



  • 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)



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)[10]
  • "I Am" (2012) Rocket Science Remix[11]
  • Home" ( Randan, 1 Jul 2013)


  1. ^ Heather Peace and Horse. Beechwood avenue
  2. ^ "News item on the official Horse website". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Soundtrack contributors on the "About Her" website". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "The L Project". It Does Get Better. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 259. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ – Discography – accessed March 2009
  8. ^ "Official Charts Company: Horse". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Horse – German Chart". Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 259. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  11. ^ "News item on the official Horse Newsletter". Horse Newsletter. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 

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