Latest Photos – Sydney’s 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra


Check out the latest pics of Sydney’s #1 1920s Great Gatsby Dance Orchestra – The Lounge Bar Lotharios – taken at the 11th Anniversary of the Penrith Jazz Club

The Lounge Bar Lotharios will be playing at the,
1. Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba – also celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson

2. Roaring 20s Gala Ball, Albert Hall, Canberra – celebrating the Centenary of Canberra

We look forward to seeing you there at these once-in-a-lifetime historical events!

Visit the Orchestra’s website: www.1920sorchestra.com.au. The Lounge Bar Lotharios look forward to playing for your wedding, corporate event, festival and Great Gatsby Film Launch. Contact Greg via the website!

Kings Cross Festival 24 Nov 2012 Music Line-Up


Here is the line-up of the 8 hour Concert Warren Fahey is producing for the Kings Cross Festival 2012. It is FREE and will be in Fitzroy Gardens, Kings Cross. You’d be nuts not to put this in your diary. Greg Poppleton & the Bakelite Broadcasters play songs from the 1920s from 1 – 1:30pm

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters will be Greg Poppleton (vocals and megaphone), Geoff Power (trumpet and sousaphone), Grahame Conlon (banjo), Ian Bloxsom (drums)

11am – 11.30 Margret RoadKnight & Marcus Holden
Songs about life, strife and the roll of the dice. Margret RoadKnight is one of Australia’s most respected singers of blues and contemporary song. Margret first performed in Kings Cross in the 1960s. She has appeared on over 25 albums. The NY Village Voice described her as “chameleon abilities – humorist, politico, blues-woman. rocker, folksinger” Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Marcus Holden on fiddle, guitar and mandolin.

11.45 – 12.10 .Scott Sandwich & Emrys Quin’s Word Beat.
‘The Unnamed Italian Admiral’ and other performance poems. Off the air, radical, young and cheeky – this pair of wordsmiths break new ground in unravelling European history. Weird and wonderful.

12..20 – 12.50 The Beating Around The Cross Ukelele Band
Hail the Ukelele! The ukelele has a long history in Australia including being featured at the Tiki Room, Macleay Street in the 1960s (where the De Vere Hotel now stands). This loud-shirted ensemble makes it swing as it plunks.

1 – 1.30 Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters.
The moment the Bakelites play, you’ll instantly imagine yourself partying with your friends in the Great Gatsby Mansion, dancing the knees-up Charleston in a 1920s Speakeasy, sipping Gin Fizzes in the moonlight.

1.45- 2.15 The Larrikins. Warren Fahey, and his Larrikins perform bush songs and city ditties from Australia’s yesteryears plus some bush poems and yarns to stop the hens laying for a week!

Kings Cross Festival 2012
Kings Cross Festival 2012

2.30 – 3.00 Characters of the Cross presentation by Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Adrian Bartel, Potts point Partnership, recognising some of our favourite locals. Vito of Piccolo Bar, Graham Long, Animal the Bikie, and Ashia and Carlotta of Les Girls.

3. – 3.15 Carlotta – the living legend of Kings Cross
Performing her new single and talking about her extraordinary life which has never been a drag.

3.30- 4pm The Fabulous Jeff Duff
Singing the songs of David Bowie and Lou Reed better than they ever did! Flamboyant, eccentric and totally unique.

4.15 – 5.30 pm The Pigs
The Pigs play rip-snorting fill the air with music that could only be described as the ‘pig’s ear’ – hillbilly meets bluegrass meets comedy meets whatever. Great fun for porkers

6 – 7.00 Renee Geyer – Australia’s legendary Queen of Soul.
After 25 albums and countless awards and accolades we welcome one of Australia’s finest singers and her all-star band.

Swing Dancers, Phantom Dancer Set, Newtown Festival 2012


One of the wonderful swing dancing couples who spontaneously broke into dance on the grass at Newtwon Festival today during the Phantom Dancer 2SER Chillax Area live 1920s-60s radio and TV swing set

Swing Dancers at Newtown Festival, 2SER Chillax area
One of the swing dance couples who got up on the grass to cut the rug to the swing and jazz played by Greg Poppleton, The Phantom Dancer, at Newtown Festival 2012

Greg Poppleton At 1920s Themed 2012 Melbourne Cup Rocksalt Lunch


Greg Poppleton & the Bakelite Broadcasters had a huge amount of fun playing for a restaurant full of guests at Rocksalt Bar and Grill, 1 Marine Drive, Wollongong, for Rocksalt’s 1920s Great Gatsby theme 2012 Melbourne Cup Dugustation Lunch

It was great to see the dance floor full and everyone having fun to our 1920s and 1930s jazz and swing

Guests even bought a few of the new Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters’ 1920s CD ‘Doin’ The Charleston

Here’s some pictures taken of the Broadcasters towards the end of the fun afternoon as the dance floor was packed. To have Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at your event, wedding and party, email Greg

Greg Poppleton and Dancers - Rocksalt
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters with Dancers at Rocksalt, Wollongong, for their 2012 Melbourne Cup Lunch
Greg Poppleton 1920s and 1930s style Swing Jazz Singer
Greg Poppleton 1920s and 1930s style Swing Jazz Singer with the Bakelite Broadcasters: Al Davey trumpet and trombone, Tony Esterman piano, Darcy Wright double bass, Lawrie Thompson drums
Greg Poppleton, 1920s and 1930s Swing Singer with duo to sextet at Rocksalt Bar and Grill
Greg Poppleton, 1920s and 1930s Swing Singer with duo to sextet at Rocksalt Bar and Grill

CD Launch – ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Hello Bakeliters,

SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER – Greg Poppleton & the Bakelite Broadcasters launched their long-awaited new CD, Doin’ The Charleston at the Empire Cinema, Bowral

AND the CD is now available for you to hear and enjoy at Bandcamp and CDBaby.

WHEN you buy ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, you’re supporting independent music and we thank you

'Doin' The Charleston' NEW CD by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
‘Doin’ The Charleston’ NEW CD by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters – Buy online at Bandcamp and CDBaby

ON ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ you’ll hear, Greg Poppleton (vocals), Paul Furniss (soprano, alto and tenor saxes, and clarinet), Al Davey (trumpet and trombone), Grahame Conlon (banjo), Geoff Power (sousaphone), Rod Herbert (sousaphone) and Lawrie Thompson (drums and washboard)

GREG POPPLETON & THE BAKELITE BROADCASTERS entertained at the CD Launch with an 80 minute barnstorming show of 1920s and 1930s jazz and swing, with songs from ‘Doin’ The Charleston‘ like ‘Road To Gundagai‘, ‘Falling In Love Again‘, and ‘Sweet Lorraine‘, followed by the screening a new digital print of the 1952 Gene Kelly classic, ‘Singin’ In The Rain‘ set at the turn of the silent movie era

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters CD Launch 'Doin' The Charleston'
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters CD Launch ‘Doin’ The Charleston’
Southern Highlands News Friday 26 October 2012
Southern Highlands News Friday 26 October 2012

MEDIA RELEASE…

GREG POPPLETON &
THE BAKELITE BROADCASTERS
DOIN’ THE CHARLESTON NEWEST CD

WITH the same maverick spirit that produced ‘The Phantom Dancer’ (both the sold-out collectible CD and the award-winning, national radio show), ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the long-awaited second album from Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters

Recorded live-in-studio in just 5 hours, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the first document of Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters as a purely 1920s 5-piece. There are more layers, more stylistic tangents than before, all coated in nth-dimensional, metaphysical, Jungian freakouts, with a DNA recovered from the very bones of smoking, catchy, 1920s pop

Whilst the undeniably authentic 1920s vocal style of Greg Poppleton is still at the forefront, there is an irrefutable pop sensibility creeping into the instrumentation of the new material that calls to mind the likes of C W Stoneking and Tuba Skinny

Greg Poppleton is very proud of the results, “For me, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners and promenade home”

Greg has expanded his 3.5 octave sonic palette with a long list of influences to forge his own sound. Heir to a tradition of finely-crafted, dramatic, confessional music that explores the ups and downs of life and love with a keenly-observed honesty that touches all who hear, Greg Poppleton is backed by what really is an all-star classic jazz band of world-touring musicians

Paul Furniss weaves shimmering, infectious, toe-tapping anthems using soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinet. Al Davey wails, growls and caresses on trumpet and trombone. He brings together the brightest elements and darkest undertones in a unique blend of unshackled two-beat. Grahame Conlon’s banjo demands attention weaving audacious fat chords around the pulsing, minimalist sousaphone loops of Rod Herbert and ARIA nominee Geoff Power and the chemically infused drum beats and sharp-edged washboard laid down by Bell band legend, Lawrie Thompson

The quintet make lullabies, lush dreamy vintage pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of hot, danceable jazz. Vocal hooks are inescapable, lush productions uncannily authentic to the Roaring 20s, as sophisticated and pristine as anything on a 78 disc. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’s’ 14 tracks (including a bonus alternate take on the soaring St James Infirmary) trace a unique aesthetic universe that is fully-crafted and fully-realised, deftly walking the lines between joyous exhilaration and otherworldly rapture, pleasure-centre pop and total self-possession

Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters’ is a universe that invites exploration and demands revisiting

‘Doin’ The Charleston’ is a journey from darkness to light, from anger to love, from chaos to order

The CD is available on Bandcamp and CDBaby

PLEASE also visit the Broadcasters’ website www.bakelitejazz.com

Thank you
Greg

Greg Poppleton at Stage & Screen for the Doin' The Charleston CD Launch
Greg Poppleton at Stage & Screen for the Doin’ The Charleston CD Launch

Phantom Dancer @ FIVE Eliza Tonight, Sun 23 Sep


Bring your dancing shoes for a trip back in time with 2ser’s Phantom Dancer, as Greg Poppleton soundtracks an evening of swing, jazz & dance from live 1920s-60s Radio & TV.

We’re getting dressed up for this event! Bring your classy gear to Five Eliza street Newtown for a night of authentic early swing & jazz.

Presented by 2ser’s Phantom Dancer and The Sydney Fringe Festival

FREE

Doors open 5pm

Phantom Dancer: 6 – 10pm!

Phantom Dancer Tonight at FIVE Eliza (5 Eliza St) Newtown
Phantom Dancer Tonight at FIVE Eliza (5 Eliza St) Newtown

The Ingenues – All-Girl Vitaphone Band, 1928


This week’s Phantom Dancer has a whole set of Duke Ellington from his ABC ‘Date With The Duke’ series (1945/46) and lots more live 1930s-50s swing & jazz radio besides

And a quick plug – enjoy The Phantom Dancer live as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival at FIVE Eliza (5 Eliza St Newtown) Free, 6 – 10pm. Presented by 2SER

This weeks Video Of The Week: The Ingenues – all-women orchestra Vitaphone film clip from 1928

And here’s a photo of The Ingenues at Sydney’s Central Station on tour in Australia in the 1920s

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney
, Live Stream, Digital Radio

Community Radio Network Show #16

2SER Tuesday 18 September 2012
12 noon – 1:30pm (+10 hours GMT)

 

2SER Saturday 22 September 2012
6 – 7:30pm (+10 hours GMT)

Saturday 23 September 2012
6 – 10pm Phantom Dancer DJ Sets LIVE
5 Eliza Street, Newtown
Presented by 2SER & Sydney Fringe Festival

Sunday 29 September 2012
2 – 5pm Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters LIVE
Penrith RSL – 8 Tindale St, Penrith

Set 1
Just A Memory
Garwood Van Orchestra
Starlight Room
Hotel Chase
Mutual Network
St Louis Missouri
9 Aug 1944
For The First Time
Abe Lyman Orchestra (voc) Frank Munn & The Amsterdam Chorus)
Waltz Time
AFRS re-broadcast
New York
1944
Teardrops From My Eyes
Orrin Tucker Orchestra (voc) Scottie Marsh
Boulevard Room
Stevens Hotel
ABC Chicago
1951

Ad + Surrender + Close
Bob Crosby Orchestra (voc) Bob Crosby
‘Ford Show’
KNX CBS LA
3 Jan 1946
Set 2
I Want to Be Happy
Frank Coughlan Band
Comm Rec
Sydney
Dec 1938
Perfidia
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
WMAQ NBC Chicago
10 Aug 1941
Get The Moon Out Of Your Eyes
Billy Mills Orchestra

‘Johnson Wax Show’
WEAF NBC NY
10 Jan 1940

Avalon
Gordon Jenkins Orchestra
‘Personal Album’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Set 3
 

My Heart Sings

Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Joya Sherrill
‘Date With The Duke’
Blue Network
1945

Sentimental Journey

Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date With The Duke’
Blue Network
1945

I’ve Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good

Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Al Hibbler
‘Date With The Duke’
Blue Network
1945

Subtle Slough + Mood To Be Wooed

Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Joya Sherrill
‘Date With The Duke’
Blue Network
1945
Set 4
 
Swamp Fire
Dick Jurgens Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
1939

Intro + The Butcher Boy

Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Gail Reese & Ray Eberle
Paradise Restaurant
WJZ NBC Blue NY
18 Jun 1938
Limehouse Blues
Erskine Hawkins Orchestra
Aircheck
New York
May 1942
Mulligantawny
Woody Herman’s Third Herd
The Royal Grove
Peony Park
Omaha Nebraska
NBC
1954
Set 5
 
I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
Jay Wilbur Orchestra (voc) Sam Costa
Comm Rec
London
1937

Basin Street Blues

Muggsy Spanier
Club Hangover
KCBS CBS San Francisco
11 Apr 1953
Don’t Blame Me
Cootie Williams Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Savoy Ballroom
New York
AFRS Re-broadcast
12 Feb 1945
Sentimental Journey
Harry James Orchestra
Palladium Ballroom
KNX CBS LA
1945
Set 6
 

Maniac’s Ball

Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York
1934

Jungle Drums

Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NY
18 Jan 1939

One O’Clock Jump

Count Basie Orchestra
Famous Door
WABC CBS NY
Jul 1938

 

Fathers’ Day At Concrete Blonde


Hello Bakeliters,

A quick piece of band news

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters played today for diners and dancers at Fathers’ Day lunch in the beautiful Concrete Blonde Restaurant, Level 1, 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point

Here’s a pic I’ve copied from Warren Fahey’s Facebook page. Warren wrote, “GREG POPPLETON’S BAKELITE BROADCASTERS return with another serving of songs from the Roaring Twenties and Nervous Thirties. Greg sings & dances like he just stepped out of a Hollywood film and is accompanied by drums, tenor banjo, bass and a huge sousaphone. One of our favourite performers to date. Do not miss this unique artist”

Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde, Fathers' Day 2012
Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Broadcasters at Concrete Blonde, Fathers’ Day 2012.
Rod Herbert, sousaphone & bass trombone; Grahame Conlon, tenor banjo; Greg Poppleton, vocals; Bob Gillespie, drums

This is our second visit to Concrete Blonde. Every Sunday is Sunday Jazz Lunch from 1 – 4pm. George Washingmachine, Janet Seidel, Jeff Duff and more play for your listening and dancing pleasure on Sundays

And Concrete Blonde showcases French Manouche Gypsy Jazz, Flamenco Rhythms and Latin Beats from 7pm every Wednesday night

But the food! Today I had fried cauliflower with blue cheese and hazelnut vinaigrette. I chose it because cauliflower makes me gag. Not today! Yum, yum. Not a spot left on the plate. Other band members had the chicken, beef cheeks and lamb. They were all melt-in-your-mouth. In fact, the lamb was so melt-in-your-mouth tender it could be pulled away with a gentle prod of the fork. Perfect!

And Concrete Blonde is not expensive either considering the 5 star quality of the food, the friendly service, and the inviting ambience of the room and terrace. Three courses for Sunday Lunch is only $48pp. Spoil yourself. You couldn’t do better than book Concrete Blonde for your company or social club’s Christmas Party. Their booking number is (61 2) 9380 8307. Website: http://www.concreteblonderestaurant.com.au/

Sunday Roast at Sunday Jazz Lunch, Concrete Blonde
Sunday Roast at Sunday Jazz Lunch, Concrete Blonde

More Lounge Bar Lotharios Pics At Moocooboola 2012


The Lounge Bar Lotharios is Sydney’s newest 1920s dance orchestra. Here are some photos taken by Julian Gobeth as the Lotharios played at the Moocooboola Festval 2012. Moocooboola is the Eora Aboriginal word for Hunters Hill, Sydney. As you might tell be our hair, it was a very windy day…

Greg Poppleton 1920s Singer with The Lounge Bar Lotharios
Greg Poppleton 1920s Singer with The Lounge Bar Lotharios
The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the Moocooboola Festival 2012
The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the Moocooboola Festival 2012
Rod Herbert Sousaphone, Lounge Bar Lotharios
Rod Herbert Sousaphone, Lounge Bar Lotharios
Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Singer
Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Singer
Greg Poppleton 1920s Orchestra Singer
Greg Poppleton 1920s Orchestra Singer
Reed Section 1920s Dance Orchestra
Reed Section 1920s Dance Orchestra
The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra
The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Orchestra
Grahame Conlon 1920s Band Banjo
Grahame Conlon 1920s Band Banjo

The Lounge Bar Lotharios are available to play at your event, too. Please contact Greg via the Lotharios’ official website: http://www.1920sorchestra.com.au

The Lounge Bar Lotharios 2012 Moocooboola Festival


Today The Lounge Bar Lotharios played on the main stage of the 2012 Moocooboola Festival. Thank you to everyone who came to see the Orchestra. Here are a couple of action shots as the Orchestra played ‘Old Man Blues’

The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the 2012 Moocooboola Festival
The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the 2012 Moocooboola Festival
The Lounge Bar Lotharios - Sydney Great Gatsby 1920s Dance Band
The Lounge Bar Lotharios – Sydney Great Gatsby 1920s Dance Band

The Lounge Bar Lotharios are available for your event, too. Visit The Lounge Bar Lotharios’ website to enquire