Candice Night is the vocalist with Blackmore’s Night, the band that Rainbow and Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore formed after he dissolved Rainbow. This is Ms Night’s debut solo album, and the press sheet that came with the CD describes Ms Night’s voice as a mixture of Karen Carpenter and Stevie Nicks. Well, that may be true but I think that I prefer to describe Ms Night’s voice sounding like Candice Night. I don’t really hear Stevie Nicks’s ‘witchy’ warble there or the ultra smoothness of the late saintly Karen.
The truth is that Ms Night has a wonderfully rounded voice all of her own, it is wildly romantic, ethereal, a little gutsy and extremely distinctive in its own right. Reflections contains ten tracks, mostly soft rock ballads, some have a bit more bite, and some have a vaguely baroque sound, hinting to her day job with Richie Blackmore. I would liken Ms Night’s voice more to that of perhaps Faith Hill or Tarja – it’s very dramatic and for all the right reasons. The ten track titles are: Wind Is Calling (Hush The Wind), Gone Gone Gone, Black Roses, Now And Then, Dangerous Smile, For You, Call It Love, Robin Red Breast, Alone With Fate, In Time.
I think that Ms Night has written all the songs and they tend to reflect her persona – romance and relationships are the main themes, and she sells each song with conviction. Reflections is a very fine album, rich with good tunes and that mellifluous voice. Many of the songs deserve to be played on the radio here in the UK but I don’t suppose the programmers will bother – their musical vision is so narrow. Well, it’s their loss – and yours – so check Reflections out on Amazon or iTunes and find a new voice to embrace. Highly recommended.
TARRYTOWN, NY – While a segment of the Christian church awaited the return of their Lord Jesus and were ultimately disappointed by the delay of His rapture – fans of the Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night were uplifted and enraptured by the group’s return to this Hudson River hamlet on May 21, 2011.
Adherents and aficionados of the Renaissance folk rock combo turned out en masse, many of them sporting garb and period gear that turns these concerts into a celebration of the middle ages. Blackmore’s Night is the one known as The Dark Lord Ritchie Blackmore who made his name slinging six-string in Deep Purple and Rainbow and his longtime companion Candice Night. The lovely and personable front-woman is a former model and disc jockey who met the rock star while working an on-air shift on Long Island.
Since then, their lives have followed a fairy-tale path and it’s clear the two were meant for one another as soulmates and songwriting partners. It was about three years ago that this musical pair were at the nearby Castle on the Hudson – tying the knot after a long betrothal. Today, Candice is perhaps the world’s best-known chantress of music from the chivalrous age.
The Tarrytown Music Hall has a 125 year history and the theater is located in the heart of the downtown which has a number of restaurants for those looking for a pre-show meal. Minstrel Albert is a part of the main band and he opened the show playing a mix of Renaissance instruments. He started by strolling the aisles before taking command of the stage.
Majestic music was heard prior to Blackmore’s Night entrance. The first song “Locked Within The Crystal Ball” was bewitching with it’s blend of bold rhythms, whimsical wind instruments, glowing guitars and Candice’s beguiling stage and singing presence. The crowd was clapping along.
“Hello Tarrytown, so glad you came out, great memories,” stated Night who mentioned getting married to Blackmore in town almost three years earlier and the subsequent birth of their daughter, Autumn. During the evening, Candice shared some insights behind their songs. Apparently, Ritchie is always listening to music from all ages and he then merges these elements into his own interpretations that become the band’s canon.
“The world was supposed to end today, I just heard,” said Night referring to the widely spoken failed prophecy of preacher Harold Camping. Candice continued, “Would we go up or down?”
“We’ll take you all on a time travel trip to a more magical and simple time,” Night offered promising to transport those in attendance away from the worries of the dire predictions.
“Queen For A Day” was a pageantry of sounds with each instrument distinct and Candice commanding in her visual and vocal presentation. The colorful “Under A Violet Moon” was energizing and engaging. Some lighting and screens behind the stage were used throughout the night adding to the mood of the music.
“There was a time when Ritchie was in one or two other bands before this and he was known to be moody and difficult but that was before he was a minstrel so he was pre-minstrel,” jested Night. This was a good lead into “Solder of Fortune” from Blackmore’s Deep Purple days.
The tune opened with a gentle yet gorgeous guitar solo from Ritchie with Night stepping up to sing and then the band added subtle elements to the song. It was followed by an instrumental written by Ritchie inspired by Bach during a tour of Germany. The piece featured a vibrant violin solo from Gypsy Rose followed by Bard David’s cascading keyboard solo.
“World of Stone” with its 12th Century influences was daunting and dramatic. “All The Fun Of The Fayre” from Autumn Sky – their most recent record named for their daughter – was spirited. The band played just a verse of “Believe In Me” also from that album before Candice said that it was a special request from “Joe”.
This fan then proposed to his girlfriend and she said yes. Fans cheered the romantic moment that added a real dose of matrimonial magic to the show.
“Renaissance Faire” had a festive flair with fans clapping and swaying and Ritchie bending down so that a fan could strum his guitar for a few notes. A Blackmore’s Night concert is enchanting as it unites centuries-old music in contemporary compositions. The musicians truly have a passion for this unique union and fans get caught up in the fantasy of simpler times.
Other highlights of the concert included an innovative Beethoven jam featuring a dynamic rock drum solo from Squire Malcom. A cover of Joan Baez’s “Diamonds and Rust” was a beautiful bold ballad and Blackmore’s demonstration of the hurdy gurdy was tantalizing.
On this day when many expected the end of the world the concert did end in a slightly bizarre fashion. After the timeless “The Clock Ticks On”, Candice quickly explained that the band had exceeded the venue’s curfew and they left the stage in the twinkling of an eye without returning for an encore or to take a bow. Notwithstanding, the fans had enjoyed a two hour plus concert that joined Renaissance with folk and rock for a heavenly night of music!
Despite the additional domestic duties that come with raising a newborn the fervent global fan base, legend and lure of Blackmore’s Night is still growing. With their continuing string of enchanting albums and sold-out concerts it looks like they won’t be disappearing from the world stage anytime too soon!
BLACKMORE’S NIGHT LINE-UP:
Ritchie Blackmore – guitars, mandolin, domra, hurdy gurdy
Candice Night – vocals, chanter, cornamuse, shawm, rauschpfeife, tambourine
Bard David of Larchmont – keyboards
Squire Malcolm of Lumley (Malcolm Dick) – drums, percussionist
Gypsy Rose (Elizabeth Cary) – Violin
Earl Grey of Chamay (Mike Clemente) – Bass, mandolin and rhythm guitar
Minstrel Albert’ (Des Geyers) bag pipes and various wind instruments
Here I will post some photos and a little review of the concert, comented by Carole Stevens. I just want to make a point, Candice is a very bright person her photos are really Wonderful, and Blackmore´s Night is a brave band that really respect the fans and their dreams to see excellent performances, no matter if it´s a rainy day, if somebody becomes ill, if there´s a storm outside. Because the Music always resists, Music brings us peace, brings us cure, brings us union! All my congratulations to the band!!!
Comments by Carole Stevens (Blackmore Productions):
“One of our band members was extremely ill and in the hospital clinic for hours prior to the show and went to the show, right from emergency treatment. We did not expect to even be able to have a show that night. That is why they had to stop a little early; still playing close to two hours The sold out audience was fantastic even waiting outside for hours to applaud the group when they left the venue.”
God Save The Keg (intro)
Locked Within The Crystal Ball
Queen For A Day
Under A Violet Moon
Soldier Of Fortune
Durch dem Wald zum Bach Haus
World Of Stone
I Still Remember You
Toast To Tomorrow
Set List of the first The Secret Voyage Tour´s concert. The set is wonderful and astonished, and it´s been difficult more and more to choose the musics for each concert, cause now Blackmore´s Night have a lot of fantastics songs. We have many classics songs in each BN album!
Poland 30 May 2008 – Plock
God Save the Keg – Intro Tape
Queen for a Day
Under a Violet Moon
Soldier of Fotune
Durch Den …Bach
World of Stone
Diamonds and Rust
Keyboard – Ariel
Toast to Tomorrow
Fires at Midnight
Ghost of a Rose
Clock Ticks On
This is a pretty review of Spoutwood Faerie festival (6th May) that Diana Beng posted here! And we of fanlisting like it very much, so we want to make a single post about her comments! Together a photo sent by Blackmore Productions about the event!
“She is a beautiful queen and so kind. The kids around the stage sang with her and then she brought them on stage to sing with her! The maypole dance was next…they had to keep stopping the dance and Candice was such a good sport. She sang the beginning of Under a Violet Moon three times because the dancers couln’t get the dance right!It was a lot of fun.The cover of the Faerie Queen Magazine was on display, and she looked beautiful on it. Well done! Happy Birthday Candice!” (by Diana Beng)
So, thank you Diana for your words and Blackmore Productions for share this moments with all Candice Night fans!!!
Every so often you find yourself watching a video performance that is an absolute surprise and more interesting than you thought it could have possibly been. This was the case that I would find when watching the new live concert release by Blackmore’s Night. To many the music fan, the name of Ritchie Blackmore is not a secret based upon his contributions and musical innovations with Deep Purple and Rainbow. After almost 30 years of performance as a legend in Rock, he switched gears entirely and began working with his partner Candace Night on a series of Classical and Medieval based songs. The result was the Renaissance Fair styling of Blackmore’s Night and to appreciate it fully you need to approach it with an open mind. This is not hard rock or even blues but a wonderful array of traditional instruments mixed with ones from the past along with flutes, pipes and violins. The end result is truly something that merits watching. This concert film is interesting enough and filled with a number of great songs throughout the performance. Recorded at a Renaissance Fair in Veldenstein Castle the setting of the stage resembles a Medieval marketplace and the musicians (or minstrels) are all dressed in period clothing. Joining Candace Night (who performs the lead vocals) and Ritchie Blackmore are the following players: Bard David Of Larchmont, Lady Madeline and Lady Nancy (The Sisters Of The Moon), Squire Malcolm Of Lumley, Sir Robert Of Normandie, and Tudor Rose. As you can see everyone keeps in the character and the spirit of the music they are performing. It works better for the effect they are bringing across and as the camera pans over the audience you can see that they are also largely dressed in period clothing.
Following their excellent live recording “Castles & Dreams”, Blackmore’s Night would once again return to bring your musical mind to a different place and apparently a different time as well. I looked forward to this new studio recording because the live CD/DVD was just incredible and a refreshing change for me as a fan of interesting musical adventures. The accomplishments of Richie Blackmore are well documented and now along with his Partner, the lovely Candice Night he continues to write in this book by bringing Medieval and Renaissance styled themes to a totally modern world. One does need to separate themselves from his work in Deep Purple and Rainbow as while he might surprise you with a rendition or two of a classic, there is a different feel to them under the Blackmore’s Night treatment. Showcasing his skill level as a guitar player and musician; Blackmore finds himself not only handling the traditional guitar, but acoustic instruments and lutes as well as a hurdy gurdy. Candice sings lead and backing vocals, but also plays various tambourines and the recorder and flutes. Together they form the core of this unique troupe of minstrels and the more you listen to the record the more you wish you were outside at a Festival among friends drinking good wines and enjoying stories of life and fun times.
There is a great mix of stuff on the album from moving instrumentals like “The Messenger” to rousing numbers such as “St. Teresa” (originally recorded by Joan Osbourne and a favorite of Blackmore himself). Rainbow gets homage from their leader by including two versions of the mega hit “Street Of Dreams”. Joe Lynn Turner offers some vocal assistance on one version and he still sounds great. “Olde Mill Inn” is the track that just asks for the audience to sing along and this will most likely be the case at concerts when the group performs. Beautiful artwork and photos make up the included booklet and lyrics are provided should you need them. The group also explains a little bit about the songs on the record and where they felt they were going by including this song and that. If the typical standard fare is where you stand then this is not a band for you, yet if you choose to explore many different avenues then this is a perfect choice. Pour yourself a glass of wine, light the candles and enjoy the tales of Blackmore’s Night while the Village Lanterne burns brightly in the distance.