CDs and downloads available from www.topette.bandcamp.com
Our new album Rhododendron is available on CD or download now...
Following a season of smouldering live shows across the UK and Europe, acclaimed Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette!! have been back in the studio to record a much-awaited second CD Rhododendron.
Capturing the atmosphere and spirit of those live shows, the new album resonates with the wild energy of packed dancefloors, firing the five players’ imaginations and galvanising their playing. Rhododendron is a bold and exciting album, infused with good-time feeling, pulsing drive and joy!
Look out for the new video, coming soon...
“Rhododendron is one of those rare instrumental – and dance-oriented – albums which gives virtually equal proportions of cerebral and visceral pleasure. Seriously recommended.”
David Kidman, Folk Radio UK.
Also, still available at the Shopette!! (www.topette.bandcamp.com)
C'est le Pompon... is the first full-length album from Topette!! A collective of uninhibited musical adventurers playing self-penned and traditional music from anywhere, with a winning mix of bonhomie and grit.
Andy Cutting - diatonic button accordion - (Blowzabella, Leveret)
James Delarre - violin - (Mawkin, Eliza Carthy)
Julien Cartonnet - bagpipes, banjo - (Mister Klof, Coast to Coast)
Tania Buisse - bodhrán - (Shelta, Lost Highway)
Barnaby Stradling - acoustic bass guitar - (Blowzabella, False Lights)
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 videos on this site are by Simon Houlihan.
Photography by Simon Partington.
Topette!! graphics by Sanna Stradling.
Please credit them, if using.