Candice Night: Reflections

You-know-who’s missus on a first solo run.

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Had she been born in the 1530s, Candice Night would have been massive. Competent on the hurdy-gurdy and the shawm, comely and fair of face, possessed of a voice suited to both the church and the bed- chamber, she could probably have married Henry VIII or Thomas More or someone and got herself on a tapestry.

As it is, she must slog away in a tiny niche – that of cod-renaissance music reliant on formal chord progressions like Black Roses or the aery-faery lyrics of Wind Is Calling.

And with Robin Red Breast, Night teeters precariously on the edge of parody.

Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.