About

The Candy Stripes were formed a few years ago by three like-minded ladies who wanted to WOW at Weddings and bring a little something different to the great musical mix that exists in France.

The girls have a wealth of experience between them, having sung in bands and musical theatre for longer than they care to admit! Needless to say they are seasoned professionals with many years of live performance under their belts.

Colleen Sims

Colleen-Sims

Colleen has been singing for most of her life and says she can’t remember a time when she didn’t. At 14 she fell in love with musical theatre and spent every moment possible over the following twenty years either in a theatre or rehearsing for the next show. After a short spell in London she moved back to Devon and family life took centre stage.

Colleen moved to France in 2007 and shortly after joined a trio called Oui-Three. A few years later the group had grown into a 5-piece rocking guitar party band with Colleen as lead singer. Now called REPLAY, this hugely popular band continues to perform at weddings and events across France.

As well as singing solo, Colleen decided to form The Candy Stripes in 2015, she says…

“France has a number of great guitar bands, great blues and jazz bands, indeed there are loads of great musicians here, but girl groups are a little under represented, as is Vintage, Motown and Disco. So putting the two together seemed like a great idea.”

Dawn Camilli

dawn-camilli-singerDawn has been singing and playing music since the age of 6. Born in Aberdeen, at age 11 she became the youngest ever member of the established ‘Hartley Singers’ choir with whom she sang for 7 years.

She also played clarinet in the National Wind-band of Scotland and was offered a scholarship by the London Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16. Choosing to remain in Scotland, Dawn proceeded to attain an MA degree at the University of Aberdeen, during which period she became a stalwart of The Aberdeen Student Charities Show, as well as singing in musical theatre and cabaret performances with The Attic Theatre Group and The Lyric Musical Society.

After moving southward, Dawn enjoyed a spell of acting in various comedy plays including the acclaimed ‘Five Women, Two pianos and a Budgie’ at the Lanarkshire Festival. Following several years devoted to family life and a further move south, the lure of the stage beckoned again and Dawn became a regular performer with ‘The Valley Players’ in Kent.

Since moving to France in 2004 Dawn has continued to pursue her love of music, singing with vocal group ‘L’Arène de Choeur’ and playing sax with ‘Le Cercle Philharmonique Blanzac’. With fewer domestic ties, this is the perfect time for Dawn to enjoy being a part of ‘The Candy Stripes’!

Lynn Blackman-Mason

Lynn-Blackman-SingerLynn’s musical talents became evident during her early twenties. She was living and working in Jersey, Channel Islands and was responsible for the singing entertainment for guests on long weekend holiday breaks.

This lit a spark and when she moved back to the UK she continued singing, joining a ladies Barber Shop Group. Lynn sings baritone and performed with a four part harmony set as well as a large Barber Shop choir, singing across the UK. A standout performance for her being at a UK Barber Shop choir finals at the Birmingham NEC.

Lynn moved to France in 1995 with her husband, where they performed as a duo for many years. Lynn continued playing in various covers, blues and folk bands over the years before becoming a Candy in 2015!