Inspired by an elderly aunt, Horse McDonald, studied back through history and in particular writings by Historical Scottish Woman for her latest project. The research turned up many stories and poems by many famous Scottish women, including Mary Queen of Scots, which had been largely forgotten about. Horses’ task was to turn these writings into song, a project fondly called The Diamond Speaks.
Anyone who has been to a Horse concert before will know that they will be entertained from start to finish with her unique voice. This concert was no different in that aspect but was oh so different with the musical content. Warming up the audience with some of her usual favourites, she proved to be the ultimate entertainer. She has a great rapport with her audience and they loved every note hit and lyric sung.
With the audience suitably warmed up Horse launched into what she proclaims to be her hardest project to date “The Diamond Speaks.”
Many famous Scottish women through the years had written poems and stories which had long since been forgotten. That is until Horse blew off the dust in them, revised them putting music to them and singing them in her own inimitable style.
These historical women included Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Carolina Nairne and Ellen Johnston. The result was a wonderful and emotional journey through history with songs sung so beautifully with wonderful musical direction from the band. To finish the night Horse sang Mary Queen of Scots last poem which was Fotheringay, written shortly before she was beheaded there. As historians will know, this Queen was a very intelligent one and spoke a number of different languages fluently. As tribute to her Horse sang this last song entirely in French bristling with emotion.
This was one of those very special nights which I felt privileged to be at. A very enjoyable concert which was educational, emotional and very entertaining
Presenter, Celtic Music Radio 95FM