Some bands are meant to be. The new 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 thefinest 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 bal!