A massive thank you, merci and diolch to all who came to see us on our recent tour of England and Wales. We had a bal! Well, lots...
C'est le Pompon... the album, OUT NOW!! 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!!
All the photos on this site are by Simon Houlihan, who also made the fantastic video for 'Venture' below...
Topette!! graphics by Sanna Stradling.
Huge thanks to both of them.