We’re delighted to be welcoming Topette!! to lead a weekend at Halsway for musicians – all instruments and levels of experience – to enjoy their music. Saturday will be a big ensemble day, playing tunes from the Topette!! repertoire (music available in advance) and exploring playing for dancing. We’ll have a public Bal on Saturday night, and our workshop band (that’s you!) will be invited to open the evening, before joining the dancing. Sunday will allow for instrument-specific workshops, and a mixed-instrument band / session for those who prefer to continue playing together – and for those who don’t play box / bagpipes / banjo / fiddle etc!
Who’s it For?
The weekend is for musicians, all instruments, and all ability levels except for complete beginners – you will need a basic grasp of your instrument to get involved, but beyond that we’ll aim to be as inclusive as possible. There will also be opportunities to dance!
Topette!! occupy a unique position in the current folk and traditional music landscape. A collaboration between five highly-regarded individuals from two countries, they’re the kind of perfect idea that, if they didn’t already exist, someone would have to invent. Yet Topette!! are no mere ‘project’ band. They’re a fully-formed and functioning group of the kind that rarely comes around nowadays. Topette!! are a true collective – bonded as much by the joy found in each other’s company as in their shared musical vision.
Julien Cartonnet is a powerhouse on both bagpipes and banjo. Fiddler James Delarre’s innate melodic and harmonic sensibilities make him the perfect match for accordion virtuoso Andy Cutting. Tania Buisse’s propulsive bodhrán playing and Barn Stradling’s singularly distinctive bass grooves complete a sound that is irresistible to ears and feet alike.