2017 and all that

Wow! It’s been quite a year for The Candies!  We started 2017 thinking that we’d worked really hard in 2016 and we were hoping to reap the rewards.  It’s always difficult starting a new group… you have to prove yourselves and build your reputation and that can take time but we’d made a great start and we were feeling very positive.

We certainly didn’t anticipate what followed!  It started with our AMAZING three days on board the super yacht NERO at the Barcelona International Yacht Show and it ended with a residency aboard one the the 5* ships in Bordeaux.  In between we’ve had weddings and parties that have seen us travelling across France, we’ve covered 1000’s of kilometres and stayed and performed in some amazing venues,  we’ve met beautiful people from around the globe, said goodbye to Lynn and welcomed the fabulous Lora and picked up an agent to represent us!  We could not have predicted the year we’ve had!

2018 has a lot to live up to and our diary is filling up nicely with more fabulous Candy adventures.  To make sure we’re ready we’ve been super busy changing and updating our song list.  We’re keeping the most popular songs of course,  we’ve added some new fabulous dance floor fillers and we’ve thrown in a handful of contemporary hits too, to ensure we have something for everyone.  And… we’re finally going into the studio in January 2018 and our recordings and video will be ready shortly after.

The Candies have big plans but we know that we could not have come this far without the support and kind words of our friends, families and Candy fans… honestly we can’t tell you how much your encouragement and enthusiasm has meant to us.

We would like to raise a glass to you all and say thank you very, very much and wish you all a fabulous Christmas filled with champagne, sequins, music and joy…  and we’ll be seeing you in 2018!

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Cats and Dogs… and more Dogs

The Candies are lucky… in that we get to travel around France (and beyond) and we get to sing in some rather swanky venues!  But that doesn’t mean that we’re not happy to sing in more humble abodes too.

On a scale of one to ten, Dawn is an eleven when it comes to caring for dogs and animals… Lynn is pretty much up there too (I’m more of a cat girl myself).  All three of us have pets that we have rehomed from various shelters.  So when ORFEE asked if we could help them with a fundraising event, how could we refuse?

We arrived in the little village of  Saint-Martial-Viveyrol in the Dordogne to a pretty little restaurant called Chez Moran.  The owner was also pulling out all the stops to squeeze in all the ORFEE supporters and the restaurant team worked like trojans all night ensuring everyone had food and drink!

We took to our little stage as desserts were being served and slowly but surely folks joined us on the dance floor.  As more dancers appeared, tables were pushed back to make room and at the end of the evening it was full!

I don’t know how much money was raised but we understand it was a lot!  We’re glad to have been part of this special evening… well done to all the organisers!

A Dog Called Orfée

One day in 2009 an emaciated, abandoned dog was taken to a local French dog pound. No one knew his history and no one really cared. Without someone coming to help or reclaim him, he would soon be taken away and put to sleep – just like thousands of other unwanted, mistreated and unclaimed dogs.

But, fortunately for him someone did come – they took him home, cared for him, loved him and named him “Orfée”. Through this one act of compassion and kindness, the seed of hope for future dogs was sown and the French ‘Association Orfée’ was founded. It paved the way for many hundreds of dogs who have been helped and saved since that day in 2009, and our intention is to carry on saving as many “doggie” lives as possible.

Find out more here : http://www.orfeeinenglish.com/ or here https://www.facebook.com/AssociationOrfee/

 

Would you like a DJ with that?

The Candy Stripes are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with a DJ for 2018!

If you book The Candies for either our Fabulously Vintage or Disco Diva sets, you can now extend your event with a special offer from our partner DJ.  The DJ package includes the latest sound system, along with the very latest professional lighting.

Ask about our Live Music and DJ Combo… and you really can have your cake and eat it!

Fairytales

Our Wedding this weekend was in the very beautiful Chateau de Cazanac nestled in the hills above Coux et Bigaroque in the heart of the Perigord Noir.  It was to be a busy day for music as Colleen sang during the ceremony, The Candies provided the music for the Vin D’honneur and REPLAY played for the evening party… and then we left our lights in situ so that the wedding party could dance until dawn!

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With These Clogs…

It’s August and that means if you’re a musician working in France you are going to be crazy busy… but YEAH!  We love to be busy!

Over this last week we’ve had a wedding, an anniversary party and a special evening to celebrate the opening of a restaurant/bar… travelling from the north of the Dordogne, down to the Gers and then north again into the Deux Sevres!

 

At the last gig we met some wonderful folks that waited patiently for our performance… in the unseasonal rain; we had to love their commitment to The Candies!  And at the end of the evening a couple from Holland (who also asked us if we’d go to Holland) gave Lynn a pair of minature clogs… They told us we had to keep them with us when we gig and that they will bring us good luck!  Lets say we’re going to follow that advice… we like long distance travel so maybe they’ll bring us a few more international bookings!

We have a few days rest now, actually a week’s holiday before two more weddings and a campsite… but these Candies wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

 

VINTAGE!!

It’s no secret that The Candies love a little vintage.  We love the music, the fashion, the styling… even the lipstick! and it appears we’re not alone. Today I read an article on BridalGuide.com about the five hottest trends in 2017… and you guessed it…  Vintage is # 2!  They say that the vintage wedding trend is still going strong, with vintage styling and old style Hollywood glamour remaining as popular as ever. Continue reading “VINTAGE!!”