Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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.

The Topp Twins and the APO 10/05/10

The Topps recent performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall, was filmed for television and screened on TV3 last week. For those of you who missed it you can watch it online on TV3’s TV on Demand.

Performing with a full orchestra was a challenge for a couple of gals who don’t read music or know what a bar is, but everyone had a lot of fun. The show could be called The 3 Kenors as the conductor was called Ken too!

The online video is only available to NZ viewers but the show will be available as an extended version DVD in the near future so keep an eye out.

Inducted into the APRA hall of fame! 04/01/09

Jools and Lynda inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame

Jools and Lynda inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame

We were honoured to be inducted into New Zealand’s Music Hall of Fame last September. Thanks to APRA and all our peers. It was a night to remember! Read the rest of this entry »