Horse McDonald plays special gig at Maggie’s

Horse (centre) with staff and volunteers at Maggie's
Horse (centre) with staff and volunteers at Maggie's

Singer-songwriter Horse McDonald played a very special gig at our Maggie’s Centre last week.

The musician, who played a date in Kirkcaldy earlier this month, chose the cancer care centre as the winner of a competition she ran while on her most recent tour to play in someone’s home.

Having been due to play the intimate gig on December 5, the performance was postponed because of the stormy weather, which saw Horse face travel difficulties on her way to the Lang Toun from

But last Thursday, she returned to Kirkcaldy to perform at Maggie’s in front of staff and centre users.

Horse played four songs acoustically for those gathered, including ‘Careful’, ‘God’s Home Movie’, ‘The Speed of the Beat of My Heart’ and her own special version of ‘Silent Night’.

She told the Press afterwards: “I was really nervous because my background is that my mum died of ovarian cancer.

“It’s a very uplifting experience to sing here and I’d like to come back if they will have me.

“It’s the first time I’ve been to Maggie’s, I wish there had been something like it when my mum was ill.

“Being here brings it home in a lot of ways that this happens to lots of people in all walks of life and I think it’s a chance for me to give something.

“When mum died I was always left feeling there was something else I could have done, so it’s nice to come here and sing and give something.”

Tumong Edwards, community fundraiser for Maggie’s, added: “It was a really wonderful, beautiful, emotional performance and it was something really special to have at the centre, which is a place that people really see as their home from