New Beginnings

Last month Lynn dropped a bombshell; she would be retiring from The Candies at the end of September.  It’s true that we’ve had a whirlwind year, starting with our fabulous three days at the Barcelona Yacht show.  We’ve been wowing audiences across France and our music is universally loved across nationalities and generations.  August was crazy; we were approached by an agent who wanted to represent us and we were offered the chance to audition for a gig that would lead to perhaps 30+ bookings a year!  Lynn felt that as life was about to change for The Candies, it was right time for her to hang up her microphone and step out of the spotlight.

So our search began to find a replacement.  We needed not only a great, strong singer, but someone who could sing close harmonies, learn an entire set in 6 months, and be happy to travel wherever the bookings take us.  Lady luck handed us Lora!

Lora trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts.  At 17 she secured a job as a dancer in The Spirit of The Dance  and following this was offered a recording contract and went on to record a euro pop album (which took her to lots of weird and wonderful places around the UK and Europe.  She played on the main stage at Brighton Pride to over 20,000 people and also appeared on The Big Breakfast and Night Fever hosted by Suggs.

Following this she continued to work as a performer, as a singer, dancer and choreographer. She worked for QDOS Pantomimes for 4 consecutive years starring opposite Ben Richards (Footballers Wives), Sam Kane (Brookside), The Krankess, Cannon and Ball, John Challiss and Biggins. As a dancer Lora majored in Flamenco and spent many month studying in Andalucia and in London training with some of the World’s best teachers.

 

The future is looking bright for The Candies…Watch this space… Our first gigs are already in place for January 2018, our diary is starting to fill and The Candies are very very excited about what happens next!

 

 

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Garden Party Party

We met todays couple a few months ago at one of our campsite gigs (they’d seen us previously and already booked us for their wedding) and they dropped by backstage to introduce themselves.  Their wedding had been planned as an informal affair in the garden of the village house… and whilst it was informal, it was also rather special.

Some French village houses can have quite compact gardens and as we arrived we did wonder if we were in for a difficult get in…. oh but Candies you should not have worried!  We walked through the terraces close to the house and were led through a beautiful garden that opened up into a fabulous area, bedecked with balloons and flowers and marquees… and a view of the rolling Charente hills that you would find hard to better… WOW!

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Feeling The Love

July has been busy and we’ve been on our travels across France, singing and bringing our kind of music to all good folks that book us!

When I got home from our trip north on the Atlantic coast I had this email waiting for me… from a lovely couple who got married on the Med.

My husband and I feel so lucky to have had the Candy Stripes sing at our wedding.

From the moment we spoke with Colleen she made us feel instantly at ease and went out of her way to give us all of the information that we needed and accommodate all of the things that helped to make our day so special.

The group were amazing and our family and friends were talking about them for most of the following day, we didn’t want the day to end!

We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU for helping to make our day truly perfect and one which we will never forget. It is safe to say we did not leave the dance floor all night and the band were magical, it would not have been the same without you!

We love our job and we love our parties… and when we receive this kind of feedback it cements for us that fact that we do have a pretty amazing job!

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Open Season

The Etang Vallier Resort is a fabulous (huge) holiday resort and spa on the edge of a very lovely village called Brossac in the Charente.  A few weeks ago we were approached by the manager of the Resort Clubhouse and asked if we would like to perform at their re-opening party… and we thought it would be rude not to accept.

The holiday village is spread over many acres and in the centre is a fabulous lake, edged by sandy beaches.  In the summer it’s a hugely popular place to visit and when we arrived yesterday afternoon, in the April sunshine, it felt like a hugely popular place to be in spring too.

The Clubhouse is huge!  There’s a main bar and eating area, which opens into another large hall with a pool table and comfy seating and upstairs they have another huge room.  The bar opens onto a great terrace with views over the lake; its a lovely place wth a great welcome!

They were expecting a large crowd of locals and visitors alike, so we set up in the corner of the main room and waited for folks to arrive… and arrive they did!  The clubhouse was packed… standing room only at the back and lots and lots of people singing and dancing along with The Candies.

It was our first night out with our new set and it was so heart warming to have so many folks loving our songs as much as we do… and great to know that French, Dutch, Spanish and British all seem to love these classic tunes.  We’ve had a few messages sent today; here’s a selection

Great night, great music!

Well done to you all – the music was really good fun and everyone had a great evening! x

What a Night!  Congratulations!

What GREAT FUN!  We had an amazing night!

Best night out we have had for ages! It was brilliant from start to finish but ‘Hey Jude’ was the highlight of the night it had the whole club singing along na nana na!

You ladies were amazing, such a brilliant fun night at Etang Vallier Brossac Club House, Thank you! We danced and sang along all night.

We did have a wonderful evening and we thank everyone for their support and the best news is that Etang Vallier loved us so much they want us back in the summer… so maybe we can have a little al fresco Candies by the lake!

The Candies are Live!

In the summer of 2015 three rather sassy and talented ladies got together and formed a vocal harmony group called The Candy Stripes.

On Saturday 21st November 2015 they launched the band at a Wedding Fayre at a Chateau de Lisse near Agen… video and photos to follow!

The following week they were in the studio… website recordings, video and photos to follow very soon!

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