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 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!’

There’s 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!

Tour Dates etc

Topette!! are touring:

Fri 26th April – Stanley Halls, South Norwood

Sat 27th April – The Bowerhouse, Maidstone

Mon 29th April – The Civic, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire

Tues 30th April – Pontadawe Arts Centre, South Wales

Wed 1st May – Rhydycroesau Village Hall, Oswestry

Thur 2nd May – Neudd Ogweh Bethesda, North Wales

Fri 3rd May – Prema, Uley, Gloucestershire

Sat 4th May- Riverside Stratford St. Andrew, Suffolk

Sun 5th May- Southbank Club, Bristol

Fri 17th May – Shepley Spring Festival

Sat 6th July – Gooikoorts Festival Belgium

Mon 5th August – Sidmouth Folk Festival

Sat 7th Sept – Bromyard Folk Festival

Sun 8th Sept – Kennington Village Hall, Hosted by Oxfolk.

Sat 7th Dec- Folkambroeuse Italy

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