Last Friday night, 4 May, the Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters Trio played for dancers at Elizabeth Bay House for the exclusive 2012 VE Day GI Dance. What a fantastic evening. It celebrated the GI Dances held across Sydney in grand houses like Elizabeth Bay House during the Second World War
Over a hundred guests filled the historic mansion dressed in 1940s style, many in authentic 1940s uniforms. They danced to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters playing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, White Cliffs Of Dover, I’ve Heard That Song Before and many other pop songs of the early 1940s. And at the end of the night, the band lead the guests in singing We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn’s post-WWII hit Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart, then guests calling for an encore spontaneously sang out two choruses of Bless Them All as a gloriously emotional end to the dancing!
Guests were also treated at the dance to period 1940s cuisine, swing dance classes, 1940s makeovers, live drawing classes, the very funny ‘1940s paperboy’ MC with prizes for the best-dressed as the evening concluded – and what a difficult contest that was to judge. All guests were gloriously dressed in vintage style with many in authentic clothes and uniforms from the era, as you can see in the photos
The pictures of the band you see were taken by the GI Dance’s official photographer, Pedro de Almeida
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are Sydney’s leading 1920s – 1930s style duo to 6-piece band, featuring Sydney’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer. We also now offer events our new 1920s Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios. Enquire about the Bakelites and the Lotharios for your wedding, corporate event of party via the contact page of www.bakelitejazz.com