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The Topp Twins

Updated on January 2, 2016
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Elsie is a music lover, have been singing in my home most of my life, my home wouldn't be home without music filling my day.

Jools and Lynda Topp at a screening of Untouchable Girls in September 2009 Photo Credit -
Jools and Lynda Topp at a screening of Untouchable Girls in September 2009 Photo Credit -

The Topp Twins - Comedy, Country, Folk, Yodeling.

Identical twin sisters Lynda and Jools Topp born 14 May 1958, Huntly, New Zealand are the folk-singing sister comedy duo of New Zealand entertainers.

Their parents, Jean and Peter Topp to believe they could do anything, and were tomboys from the start.

They have a brother Bruce.

Jean taught her girls to sing standards such as Springtime in the Rockies and when seven-year-old Lynda first heard Australia's yodeling sweetheart June Holmes belting out "My Pinto Pony " on a neighbours, old 78 record, she went into a swoon.

Jools remembers her sister's passion for learning to yodel: "After Lynda heard her first yodel she became obsessed about learning it.

She used to ride to the nearby farm about 30 minutes up the road on horseback, listen to their old wind-up gramophone, jump back on her horse, race home, get out the guitar and desperately try to remember what she had just heard - we finally did get it to sound right and as an added consequence became very good horsewomen".

I remember the Topp Twins first because of their busking and Lynda's yodeling, "which she was good at" and I love listening to yodeling.

Also, remember the court case where they were arrested for obstruction when the crowd grew too large.

The Topp twins defended themselves in a high-profile court case and won.

Topp Twins yoddle,... Live

The Topp Twins teaching how to Yoddle

This was a live recording at the Whangarei NZ Agriculture and Pasture Show in 2010.

I just love it they where such great entertainers, hope you enjoy it as I do.

Kiwi Celebrities - Topp Twins

During the eighties, with the help of the Students Arts Council, the Twins toured every corner of New Zealand, producing sell-out theatre shows based on their life-stories and laced with political satire.

The best of the Twins' stage shows were filmed for a Television Special for which they won several NZ Film & TV Awards including 1987 Entertainers of the Year, Best Entertainment Program and Best Original Music

In the late 1990s, the Topp Twins created their own top-rating TV series, which ran for three seasons and showcased their popular cast of Kiwi characters, including Camp Mother, the Bowling Ladies and cross-dressing Ken and Ken.

The Series won the twins several awards at the NZ Film and TV Awards and has screened on the ABC and Foxtel in Australia.

Highly successful tours to Canada, the States and Britain followed.

They performed at music festivals alongside Billy Bragg, Lucinda Williams, Michelle Shocked and Hank Wangford, and enjoyed long-running theatre seasons in London and Edinburgh, which met with exceptional reviews and extended their following globally.

The Topp Twins returned to NZ to develop and produce their own prime time TV Series.

Do Not Adjust Your Twinset, which became one of TV3's top rating shows and won the Topps' several more TV awards.

Known for their country music influenced style, live shows and television performances.

They have performed around the world as an original country-music comedy duo for more than 25 years and continue to delight audiences.

In 2004 the Topp Twins received the Queens Medal for Services to Entertainment and in 2008 was inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame.

Topp Twins - Movie Trailer

KIWI CELEBRITIES - Topp Twins Entertainment

My favorite New Zealand ladies, I have been following them since they first started busking.

As for the yodeling, it is out of this world, it sends cold shivers down my spine.

If you aren't already a Topp Twins fans, you'll be one by the end of watching the Untouchable Girls (Region 2).

I just love them two great entertaining girls, of unbelievable talent.

Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls tells the story of the world's only yodeling country singing-and-comedy lesbian sibling duo - Jools and Lynda Topp


Breast Cancer - Jools Topp

Jools Topp was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2006 at the age of 48.

Originally examined by a physician in January 2006, nothing was done as it was not detected by a mammogram.

Jools Topp was diagnosed seven months later when the breast cancer showed up with an ultrasound exam.

She recovered well after receiving a mastectomy in October 2006 and several months of chemotherapy.

She and her sister Lynda were already breast cancer activists and continue to use their celebrity to educate the public about the disease.

Linda Topp - NZ Country and Western Singer Yodeling

Top Twins @ zoomusic feb 28th 2010 .. yodeling love song

Topp Twins 50 Birthday

Topp Twins 50 birthday party was held in the local village hall in Canterbury South Island NZ.

Lynda's Canterbury home which she shared with her partner Donna, a house on a 10 ha farm-let in the Canterbury town of Staveley.

It was not just a birthday party but a chance to celebrate that Jools was still alive after her battle with cancer in October 2006.

It was a special 50 birthday as they had not spent one birthday in all their 50 years apart.

As Jools describes her mastectomy and six episodes of grueling chemotherapy as "a lit of a hard time", she admits there were moments when she doubted she would see her half-century.

But she manage to get through it, "Even now there's no final prognosis".

The hospital isn't going to say, "You're cured", and people can go downhill pretty quickly.

So I live each day in the moment, I don't put things off. If I want to do something, I do it.

But as Lynda says " you don't have to be diagnosed with something to relies you need to make the most of every day. As human beings, that's what we should all be doing.

Just like Jools, the breast cancer ordeal has driven Lynda to live her own dream.

Jools and Partner Mary moved to a lifestyle block north of Auckland about 2001-02, while Lynda stayed in Auckland.

Lynda for as long as she could remember she had wanted her own farm, she also loved fly-fishing, decided to move to he South Island in NZ.

She has horses, sheep and a few cows on her little farm-let and it's perfect.

Now they both have a little farm-let that they have always wanted and their music careers have made that possible.

As for a 50th Birthday present they gave each other a hug. "That's all they needed".

What are the Topp Twins up to in 2016

To keep up with their adventures, check out the Topp Twins on Facebook!

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll yodel. New Zealand's favorite yodeling twin sisters and cultural icons take you on a journey of social change through music and comedy.


© 2011 Elsie Hagley

Topp Twins - Folk singing sister comedy duo of New Zealand Entertainers

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    • LynetteBell profile image


      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      The twins are Topps!

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      7 years ago

      I adore the Topp Twins. Not only are they as funny as can be, they make beautiful harmony singing and Lynda's yodeling is..."TOPPS". She yodels with passion and beauty and I love to hear it. Thanks for posting this tribute. Many of us in the USA don't know of the twins and how they can bring some joy to the world.

    • Elsie Hagley profile imageAUTHOR

      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      @KiwiGayle: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes I enjoy them very much also.

    • KiwiGayle profile image


      8 years ago

      Just showed the DVD to a bunch of yankee friends - most confusing? The outdoor bowls ladies. They laughed a lot and I had to translate! Thanks for posting about my favorite Lesbians!


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