Such a delight, as always, for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters to play at Sydney’s semi-regular 1920s extravaganza, The Gin Mill Social, at Slide, 41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. The next Gin Mill Social, Friday 28 March is already sold out. So get in early and book your place for the Friday 25 April extravaganza.
The Great Art Deco Ball, the Big Band Show at The Concourse and the Gin Mill Social at Slide were all great events, if I do say so myself (ahem!). Such a shame Jazz In The Pines was cancelled on the day. It’s an outdoor event and it was pouring with rain.
STOP PRESS Exciting Roaring 20s News!
The good people who run the amazingly 1920s Gin Mill Social at Slide have made Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters their regular 1920s Trio. Come see us open Sydney’s most awesome 1920s night of speakeasy fun, music, dance, food, cocktails and vaudeville TWICE this month, 14th and 28th March.
WHAT’S ON IN MARCH?
LANE COVE PLAZA
Sat. 1 Mar. 1:30 – 3pm – cnr Longueville Red and Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove Shops. (A return engagement). FREE
Sun. 9 Mar. 7pm – Victoria Room, Level 1, 171 Victoria St Darlinghurst
Edwardian songs of moral improvement sung by Greg Poppleton with Tony Gardner on the piano – as the Po-Faced 2. With acrobats and more. FREE
Book a Table
Chuck Morgan will be back in the Bakelites with Clara Bow’s ukelele, and with his banjo on his knee, for the next Gin Mill Social, Friday 14th March.
SWING BIG BANDS AT THE CONCOURSE
It’s always a great thrill to MC the afternoon ‘radio show’ swing concerts put on by jazz promoter, John Buchanan.
The Sunday 2nd February show at The Concourse, Chatswood, was John’s biggest and most successful. The 800 seat concert hall was full. The swing band directed by Geoff Power played six different 15 minute 1930s-style band remotes in the guise of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and the big crowd-pleaser, Glenn Miller. And I get to play the John Reed King-style New York network radio announcer – always getting a big laugh with the vintage cigarette ads.
I didn’t get a photo at The Concourse, but here’s one of me MC’ing the 1940s Gala, with a touch of the Ernie ‘Bubbles’ Whitman, for the 2013 Canberra Centenary in the Albert Hall, Canberra.
JAZZ IN THE PINES
We were very much looking forward to playing for you al fresco at Dural. But the heavens opened and the show was unfortunately cancelled. Fingers-crossed we might see you at Jazz In The Pines in 2015!
BACKTRACK FEATURE FILM
This new movie starring Academy Award best actor winner, Adrien Brody, and Sam Neill, finished shooting in mid-February. I shot one last tiny scene on February 4th at Central Station. Also in the movie are Anna-Lise Phillips and Bruce Spence.
o.t.a.s. is the latest project from Patrick Gibson who played an impressive role in Australia’s post-punk electronic landscape with bands such as The Systematics, Ya Ya Choral, No Night Sweats, A Splendid Mess, Scattered Order, Famous and many, many more.