Gers. Meeting with the songwriter Philippe Candelon, Parisian scenes in the vineyards of Saux-Neuf

the essential Composer and performer, Philippe Candelon performed for a long time on the great Parisian stages, before settling in the Gers and there create a performance hall. He presents, on the occasion of the Heritage Days, the 200 th performance of his musical show “Camino de Santiago”.

Torn between the need for the stage and that of nature, Philippe Candelon decided, after years of living in Paris, to concentrate on the essential and to “reconnect with natural beauty” by returning to settle in the department where he grew up. It is therefore in Fleurance, in the heart of Gers Lomagne, that the singer-songwriter has succeeded, for a few years, in reconnecting with his roots.

” I spent my childhood in La Romieu in the vines and flowers, remembers the director. I then studied horticulture “. But his passion for the theater and the song catches up with him quickly, when a troupe intervenes in his high school. “I went from agriculture to culture”, smiles the artist.

“A change of life”

In 200, he then joined Roger Louret’s troupe, “Les baladins en Agenais”, which saw Muriel Robin pass or Olivier Claverie. Years of plays and musicals followed, until the consecration: in 1985, “The Twist Years” obtain the Molière for best musical show . Then, Philippe Candelon launches out alone and interprets many roles in successful plays, such as the musical Roméo et Juliette.

But after years on the Parisian stages, “the context did not really bring me any more pleasure, explains the Gersois. I was fed up with showbiz and I needed a change in my life “. He then decides to embark on the paths of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle by joining, on foot, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and the city of the apostle in Galicia.

“A remarkable and memorable experience” for the artist. “With 6 kg on your back, we go towards others, whether we are religious or not. We meet people from all sides, united in the same quest. The” Camino “makes us touch extraordinary things” .

A link between music and the Gers countryside

On his return, he exhibited photographs of his trip and, by way of opening, performs songs “that have marked life and which [lui] stuck to the lips on the Way “. An unpremeditated spectacle,” become something magical “ (see box) and a solo album.

After such an experience, “during which we take stock of our life”, Philippe Candelon cannot imagine living again in Paris. It is therefore in the heart of the Gers countryside, within the Fleurantine domain of Saux-Neuf, that he settles. Surrounded by the vines and his family, the singer finally finds a way to link his two passions. .

He created in 2015, with his friend Gregory Bobbato, a performance hall on the estate, where they organize meals concerts. It is therefore in these peaceful places, that the songwriter “never stops creating”, while cultivating the garden and enjoying a return to his roots.

The 73 th representation of “Camino de Santiago “

On the occasion of the Heritage Days which take place unfold this weekend, Philippe Candelon is celebrating in the heart of the Saux-Neuf estate, in Fleurance, the 200 th performance of his musical show “Camino de Santiago. de Saint-Jacques, between Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and the city of the apostle Jacques in Galicia.

The show starts at 18 h 30 this Saturday 18 September and will be followed by a convivial evening with the possibility of catering on site. The price is set at 18 €. For more information and reservations: 06 10 02 30 73.

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