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Candida Doyle
Birth name Candida Mary Doyle
Born (1963-08-25) 25 August 1963 (age 60)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genres Alternative rock, post-punk, Britpop, indie rock, indie pop, art rock
Occupations Musician
  • Keyboards
  • backing vocals

Candida Mary Doyle (born 25 August 1963) is an Irish musician who is keyboard player and occasional backing vocalist with the band Pulp, which she joined in 1984. She joined her brother, drummer Magnus Doyle, in the line-up to replace the previous keyboard player, Tim Allcard, who had left the band.


Doyle attended piano lessons from age 8, but did not practise despite finding the experience enjoyable. At age 16 Doyle was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

During Doyle's first few years in the group, Pulp were not enjoying financial success; she has been recorded as saying that she spent more money on the band than she made from it. She kept jobs in two toy shops in Manchester, before being sacked from one for a "lack of dedication". Although Pulp "sort of split up" in the period around 1986, they went on to release Freaks in 1987 with Doyle on board for her first album. She then remained a member of the group for the 1990s, an integral part of the band's sound as they progressed towards fame. With Pulp, Doyle recorded the albums and compilations Separations, Intro – The Gift Recordings, His 'n' Hers, Different Class, This Is Hardcore, and We Love Life; songs featuring Doyle include "Common People", "Disco 2000", "Do You Remember the First Time?", "Babies", "Something Changed", "This Is Hardcore", and "Sunrise", as well as every other Pulp song recorded during this time.

When playing live with the band Doyle has used Farfisa Compact Professional electronic organs and Roland XP-10 synthesizers as well as Akai S3000 samplers.

Her mother is Sandra Voe, an actress who has appeared in Coronation Street, and two musician brothers. Her grandfather owned a fishing factory in the Shetland Islands. Doyle has lived in many places, including Belfast (where she was born), Manchester, Sheffield from the age of ten and where Pulp formed, and London, her current home.

Since Pulp began a hiatus in 2002, Doyle has occasionally appeared live with Jarvis Cocker, playing keyboards. Following this period, with Pulp's 2011 reunion, Doyle joined the rest of the Different Class line-up on stage in concert for their UK comeback gig at the Isle of Wight Festival on 11 June 2011. This reunion ended in 2013, but a decade later, Doyle would return to the stage with Cocker and Pulp veterans Nick Banks and Mark Webber, performing new Pulp shows.

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