CDs and downloads available from www.topette.bandcamp.com
Spring 2019 UK Tour dates...
Anglo-French acoustic five-piece, Topette!! return to the UK for a spring tour in April / May 2019. This band is a must see, for anyone interested in traditional European dance music, for folk fans, French dancers and discerning listeners alike.
Friday 26th – London – Stanley Halls, South Norwood Saturday 27th – Maidstone – The Bowerhouse
Sunday 28th – Northumberland – Morpeth Town Hall Monday 29th – West Yorkshire – The Civic, Slaithwaite Tuesday 30th – South Wales – Pontardawe Arts Centre
Wednesday 1st – Oswestry – Rhydycroesau Village Hall Thursday 2nd – North Wales – Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda Friday 3rd – Gloucestershire – Prema, Uley
Saturday 4th – Suffolk – Riverside, Stratford St. Andrew Sunday 5th – Bristol – SouthBank Club
"Topette!! deserve their exclamation marks." Songlines
"Sublime musicianship and a thumping set of tunes" fRoots
See our Gigs page for full details.
C'est le Pompon... the album, available from www.topette.bandcamp.com
CD - £10 +postage
(Download version now only £6.50,
and Chez Michel EP £3)
C'est le Pompon... is the first full-length album from the Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette!! A collective of uninhibited musical adventurers playing self-penned and traditional music from anywhere, with a winning mix of bonhomie and grit.
Self-released through Bandcamp, and available now on CD or as high-quality downloads, featuring top-class playing from...
Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion)
James Delarre (violin)
Julien Cartonnet (bagpipes, banjo)
Tania Buisse (bodhrán)
Barnaby Stradling (acoustic bass guitar)
Born out of friendship, the five-piece play naturally social music – for filling dancefloors, for listening, for drinking with friends – but don’t expect it to merge into the background. This is raunchy, up-all-night, joyously jugular-grabbing dance music.
Driven by the rhythmic boiler-room of Stradling’s gnarly bass, Buisse’s intuitive bodhrán playing and Cutting’s warm bottom end, the melodies burst out of the seams of this bedrock. With great big anthemic walls of sound, the vibe is ‘Party!’: Cartonnet’s glowing French piping and visceral tenor banjo, Delarre’s bright, bushy-tailed fiddle lines and Cutting’s dynamic accordion style. They are, quite literally, having a bal!
Join in the party! Topette!!
The photos and videos on this site are by Simon Houlihan.
Topette!! graphics by Sanna Stradling.
Huge thanks to both of them.