Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

South Island Leg of the Grand Ole Toppry ….. 04/10/14

Invercargill, Dunedin, Oamaru and Timaru you were amazing…  Ashburton big thank you to everyone who came  a full house and  Christchurch last night… Wow what an amazing crowd over two thousand of  you, we all had a ball. Thanks from the Cast and Crew of The Grand Ole Toppry.  See Ya all In the North Island check out our Gig Guide for Show dates.

The Grand Ole Topp’ry 14/07/14

Well-loved New Zealand entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are back on the road in October 2014 with a brand new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country music. The Grand Ole Topp’ry will feature the Topp Twins with award-winning country artist Tami Neilson, alongside other special guests including the all-girl Johnny Cash band, The Johnnys, Cam Luxton (X Factor NZ contestant) and Kiwi legend guitarist Phil Doublet. Reminiscent of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the Topps’ will host the show just as the Minnie Pearls did back in Nashville in the 1930s while brand new comedy characters will appear for the very first time. Waiting in the wings are previous Country Music Hall of Famers , who are standing by to be channeled by the Twins’ altar-egos. Be prepared to laugh, stomp and holler and enjoy a night of iconic Kiwi entertainment. From rockabilly to bluegrass, soul and gospel, this will be an event not to be missed.

The 13 centre tour begins in Invercargill on Wednesday 1st October before heading to Dunedin, Oamaru, Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch, Napier, Hamilton, Auckland, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Wellington and Palmerston North.

Tickets Onsale now – for full tour dates & booking info click here

Lynda Topp says that just as Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry has changed over the years, like the Topp Twins, it has remained a cultural institution.

“We wish to pay respect to the legends of country music who have gone before us and also acknowledge the next generation of musicians who have, like us, been inspired, by past greats,” she says.

“Our take on the Grand Ole Opry (Topp’ry) will celebrate country music’s diversity and will be a night of rollicking good fun, foot-stomping music to live by, and connection to something larger than ourselves.”

THE GRAND OLE TOPP’RY TOUR – NEW DATES! 16/09/13

Check out the Gig Guide for all new confirmed performance dates in October and November 2014.

Topp Twins Release Second Children’s Book 01/10/12

The Topp Twins have once more teamed up with publisher Scholastic New Zealand and illustrator Jenny Cooper to release their second children’s book, the popular Do Your Ears Hang Low?

If you don’t already know the words and actions to this favourite in schools and preschools, then get ready to learn them! Sing along to The Topp Twins’ energetic rendition of the song, while Cooper’s animals with their hard-case ears are sure to bring a chuckle to children and adults alike. Two pages of little-known facts about ears complete the package.

The book follows on from the success of There’s a Hole in My Bucket, which became an instant bestseller when it was published in 2011.

Lynda and Jools had so much fun doing the first book they couldn’t wait to do another. “If we’re having fun and the kids are having fun AND it helps them to learn to read, then it’s all good,” says Jools. “It’s another classic that everyone knows the words to, but this time we hope people will do a little jig too!”

Illustrator Jenny Cooper’s original artwork for both books will be on show at an exhibition in Christchurch from October 24, where it will be possible to see the amount of work that goes into a book like this, with character sketches and detailed pencil drawings.

Publishing Manager Diana Murray says that Scholastic New Zealand couldn’t be happier with the response to the book from those who have already seen it. “The Topp Twins bring a jaunty energy and presence to their music which combines so well with Jenny Cooper’s characterful, hilarious illustrations. You can’t help but love these books, and loving these Kiwi icons all the more for helping to bring the songs to life.”

With the launch of Do Your Ears Hang Low? at the Nelson Arts Festival on October 28 already sold out, and anticipation building about its release, this is a book to watch out for this Christmas.

To find out more about Do Your Ears Hang Low?, visit www.scholastic.co.nz/publishing

Our first Museum Exhibition, we feel really honored! Can’t wait to get along to the opening and see what they have dug up. 01/06/12

The Topp Twins and the Southern Sinfonia 10/05/12

On the 16th of June in Dunedin The Topp Twins and Southern Sinfonia, conducted by Kenneth Young, are teaming up to showcase a mixed musical programme of popular light classical music with many of the Topp Twins’ unique and well-loved songs and several of their iconic characters. For something different, join the Southern Sinfonia and The Topp Twins for this special occasion and enjoy a truly unique concert – See you there! http://www.southernsinfonia.org/concertlist.html

Twins win NCMA Country Music Legend of the Year 24/08/10

Twins with The Leader of the Band NCMA

Jools and I were presented with the Country Music Legend Award  at the National Country Music Awards in Hamilton

” We don’t really think of ourselves as Legends but its a real honour ”

We had a fantastic time at the Awards and thanks to the band and all the organizing team.

Topp Twins play Portland 10/06/10

The Topp Twins and Arani travelled to Portland to attend the screening of The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls at the Q Doc Film Festival . . .

Clinton Theater | Credit: Q Doc

Lynda & Jools with Russ Gage, Q Doc Co-Director, at the Savoy | Credit: Q Doc

Arani talks with David Weissman, QDoc Co-Director, at the Savoy | Credit: Q Doc

. . . then two nights later the Topp Twins played to a full house at the Mission Theater.

The Ginghams perform at the Mission Theater, Portland | Credit: Q Doc

The Ginghams perform at the Mission Theater, Portland | Credit: Z Doc

The Topp Twins perform at the Mission Theater, Portland | Credit: Q Doc

Read the lovely review written by Alley Hector at qPDX.com.

“Somehow the Topp Twins truly encompass a universal message of love, peace, and environmental activism that is refreshing and energizing. I’d elect them president and put them in charge of the BP oil spill if I could. But I’m a little smitten…”
(Topp Twins Live Review, Alley Hector, qPDX.com)

Topp Twins LIVE . . . in the USA 21/05/10

The Topp Twins are coming to the USA in June to attend a number of film festivals and play three live shows.

Jools and Lynda Topp along with Arani Cuthbert, their manager and producer of The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, will be attending the Seattle Film Festival, Mendocino Film Festival, Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, Newfest Film Festival and Frameline Film Festival. See the full festival listings for when and where to see them.

The twins will be playing three live shows in Portland, Northampton and San Francisco and tickets are on sale NOW!

Finalists x 2! 12/05/10

The finalists for the RIANZ Best Country Music Album 2010 were announced last week. The good news being that The Topp Twins are one of three finalists for Honky Tonk Angel. The other two finalists are The Bads for So Alive and Tami Neilson for The Kitchen Table Sessions.

Also announced were the finalists for the APRA Best Country Song for 2010 and Jools Topp is a finalist for ‘Honk Tonk Angel’ along with Dianne Swann (The Bads) for ‘So Alive’ and  Matt Langley for ‘7:13’.

The awards will be presented on June 4 2010 at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore.

Read more about the finalists here.