Well-loved New Zealand entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are taking to the road in October with a new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country music.
Reminiscent of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the Topps’ hilarious characters, the Ginghams, will host the show just as the Minnie Pearls did back in Nashville in the 1930s. Audiences can expect the best in country music from rockabilly to bluegrass, comedy and gospel, and even a visitation by Country Music Hall of Famers channeled in by the Topp Twins’ characters.
The Grand Ole Topp’ry will feature award-winning country artists Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams alongside rising stars including the all-girl Johnny Cash band, The Johnnys and Wellington-based duo Eb & Sparrow (North Island shows only), plus special guests.
The 11-centre tour begins in Invercargill on Wednesday 9 October before heading to Dunedin, Oamaru, Timaru, Ashburton, Hamilton, Auckland, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch.
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.”