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Topette – UK tour dates announced for April 2018

Apr 4, 2018

Some bands are meant to be.  The Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette!! is one such…a collective of uninhibited musical adventurers playing self-penned and traditional music from anywhere with a winning mix of bonhomie and grit.

Of course it helps that those musicians are some of the finest on the European dance scene…

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 ball !

Their  album C’est le Pompon…  a French expression similar to “that takes the biscuit !” – features an eclectic selection of material. Beautifully recorded at Giant Wafer Studios in Wales, by Topette’s producer and live engineer, Joe Garcia, it opens with ‘Venture’, a rollicking new tune by the band’s accordion maestro, and three times BBC Folk Awards musician of the year, Andy Cutting. French dance tunes abound, including the traditional Bourée Morvandelle and, extraordinary piper, Julien Cartonnet’s own La Lustrée, but then the album careers off via a gloriously plunky version of Ola Bäckström’s Meatballs, Whiskey And Beer, a traditional Gnawa tune Hamouda and, underpinned by some seriously groovy bass, the ecstatic swirling tune–set Sunshine / Scottish Urbaine, penned by the band’s old friend, and hurdy-gurdy-guru, Gregory Jolivet.

This band are tearing up dance floors across Europe, as well as pleasing the ears of festival concert-goers, with their varied and ever-expanding repertoire…

April tour dates as follows:

Stanely Halls, Norwood Junction – London

12 South Norwood Hill, London, SE25 6AB
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South Bank Club – Bristol

Dean Lane, Southville, BS3 1DB
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Rhosygilwen Mansion – Cardiganshire

Rhos-hill, Cardigan, SA43 2TW
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Mynydd Llandygai Memorial Hall – North Wales

Neuadd Goffa, Mynydd Llandygai, Bangor, LL57 4LQ
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Gregson Centre – Lancaster

33 Moorgate, Lancaster, LA1 3PY
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Tyneside Irish Centre – Newcastle

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SG
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The Heeley Institute – Sheffield

147 Gleedless Road, Sheffield, S2 3AF
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Wickham Market Hall – Suffolk

High Street, Wickham Market, Suffolk, IP13 0HE
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Wesley Memorial Church (Back Hall) – Oxford

New Inn Hall St, Oxford OX1 2DH
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The Bowerhouse – Maidstone

20 Warwick Place, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8SG
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So …Join in the party! Topette!!

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(Photo and video credits to Simon Houlihan)


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