It was a glorious Spring day. No cloud. No wind. The first day in months where the coat could be left at home. And Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters were invited for their 4th visit to the Fairfield City Museum to play for hot 1920s jazz and 1930s swing for the Museum’s inaugural Trash and Treasure market.
Lawrie Thompson played drums, Greg Chilcott doubled on sousaphone and trombone, Paul Baker had a banjo on his knee, I sang, and Tony Jex made sure the sound was perfect.
Thank you to everyone who brought a ‘
Doin’ the Charleston‘ CD by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, and thank you for your requests, too.
As always at these occasions I took some band snaps for you.
But I love this area and the Museum so much I also took some photos as I was strolling the 3km from Fairfield train station to the Museum, and some more photos as i arrived at this extraordinary museum. I hope you enjoy the little travelogue I’ve put together for you…
Walking up The Horsley Drive from Fairfield Station to the Fairfield Museum, I snapped this historic old house on a massive block of land.
The Horsley Drive at Smithfield. The council have planted street trees to relieve the ugliness, but they’re all cut to stumps so the branches don’t interfere with the overhead wires.
My vote for the smartest front garden on The Horsley Drive. Low maintenance, low water usage, and just perfect for the oppressive heat from the road.
The Fairfield City Museum is run by Fairfield Council. It’s a stunning collection of heritage buildings, some original to the site like the old Fairfield Council Chambers, and others brought to the site, rescued from elsewhere in the city.
The Trash and Treasure Market in the leafy oasis that is the courtyard of Fairfield Museum. I took this pic from the bandstand outside The Stein Gallery looking across the yard to the Machine Shed. The Steins were early vintners in Fairfield. They emigrated to Australia from Nassau in Germany in the 1840s. Their descendants have since contributed generously to the Museum. ‘1001 Nights In Fairfield’ is the current gallery exhibition. It features sculpture, painting, mixed media and video installations by the local Iraqi-Australian community.
The back of the Machine Shed at Fairfield Museum. There’s a donated, restored 19th century weatherboard house on the left and a Plume petrol station at the top of the lane. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played in the Machine Shed for last year’s Christmas concert. This featured dance performances from local schools and singing by the local Spanish Community Choir.
I didn’t take this photo. It’s from the Museum’s website. It’s the view looking around the corner at the top of the lane in the previous snap. The Plume petrol station is on the left and in front of the old grocery shop is a Bay bush. This herbal bush grew on a street corner in Fairfield where for many years residents used to pick its leaves to add to stews and curries. When the council planned to widen the street and remove the tree, the community got together to rescue it. They planted it in the Museum.
Above, The Bakelite Broadcasters entertaining with hot jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s. From left to right: Lawrie Thompson drums, Greg Chilcott sousaphone doubling trombone, and Paul Baker banjo. Below, yours truly, Greg Poppleton, singing ‘On The Road to Gundagai’ which is also on the band’s ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ album available on Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s most listened to authentic 1920s – 30s singer. His 1920s-30s Chill Mix from the band’s 3 albums will soon pass half a million YouTube views.
Greg Chilcott sousaphone
Greg bought a Buzz Lightyear suit at the market for only $40!
Buzz Lightyear (Greg Chilcott) with Tony Jex from OzMangament who provided the sound. Talk to Tony at OzManagement to book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your wedding, corporate event, birthday and party: 61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrie Thompson, drums
Paul Baker banjo
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