IT was a long, hard thirty-year slog for Lanark-born musician Horse McDonald to reach her status today of near-national treasure of staunchly indy artists.
Now she plans to make that path to fame a lot easier for the next generation of musos by returning to her home town for a gig that will showcase them in a plum support spot in her show at the Memorial Hall on March 13.
Horse told the Gazette that it will be, in a way, an extension of a series of workshops she has been running in Lanark for budding musicians.
These turned out to be almost a masterclass on how NOT to go down the X-Factor route to a recording career.
For a chance to open for Horse and her band on March 13 you have to come from South Lanarkshire, be over 12 years old and have the ability to sing or perform at least five songs live, preferably original material.
To allow Horse to hear you before making her decision, send your demo to her as a CD, flash drive, drop box or web transfer files via www.randan.org.
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