2017 Art Deco Ball – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Saturday 4th February, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played to a full house of dancers dressed 1920s-style at the annual Great Art Deco Ball of the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba.

2017 was Greg Poppleton’s sixth year in a row at the premier event of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival.
Tickets were sold out almost as soon as they went on sale (by telephone call to the hotel reception only) in mid-2016.

Every guest was dressed to the nines in their best 1920s finery. In fact, everyone absolutely dazzled.

The winners of the best dressed were positively outstanding.

The Charleston-off in the middle of the night gave the full dance floor a solid workout.

 

I took some photos of the band and a couple of shots of the dancing crowd from the bandstand. I hope you enjoy them…

 

Vintage Squad dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Great Art Deco Ball

Vintage Squad dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Great Art Deco Ball

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. In his Bakelite Broadcasters band are world-touring musicians Geoff Power on cornet doubling sousaphone (11 US tours) Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo (3 US tours) and Jim Elliot bass and alto saxophones plus clarinet (9 US tours).

We saw lots of old friends on the bandstand and made lots of new friends at the Great Art Deco Ball, too.

Manfie and George on the dance floor

Manfie and George on the dance floor

Many commented on the excellent acoustic sound of the band this year. That was all due to the magician of the sound desk, drummer, singer and Conservatorium of Music graduate, Tony Jex.

Tony is also the man to contact to have Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at your 1920s – 1930s themed event. We play for weddings, parties and corporates, too.
Tony: (+61) 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | tony@ozmanagement.com

Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, snaps a selfie while Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play At Sundown.

Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, snaps a selfie while Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play At Sundown.

 

Geoff Power solos on the cornet

Geoff Power solos on the cornet.

 

Geoff Power gets that real 1920s dancing beat on the sousaphone.

Geoff Power gets that real 1920s dancing beat on the sousaphone.

 

Grahame Conlon plays banjo on Carolina In The Morning

Grahame Conlon plays banjo on Carolina In The Morning

 

Grahame Conlon on the same Spanish guitar he used on the band's album, Back In Your Own Backyard, playing Sweet Lorraine.

Grahame Conlon on the same Spanish guitar he used on the band’s album, Back In Your Own Backyard, playing Sweet Lorraine.

 

Jim Elliot is Sydney's undisputed master of the bass saxophone. He also plays beautifully authentic 1920s melodies on the alto sax and clarinet in Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Jim Elliot is Sydney’s undisputed master of the bass saxophone. He also plays beautifully authentic 1920s melodies on the alto sax and clarinet in Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters look forward to playing at the Carrington Hotel’s 2018 Great Art Deco Ball in Katoomba.

Pleasecheck where Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is playing next on the band’s website.

Foundry 616 Photos – Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s Show


Jazz club Foundry 616 witnessed the most high-energy show of its lifetime when Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters brought their songs of the 1920s and 1930s to the Foundry stage.

One visiting Londoner told us the night reminded of her of many nights she had spent at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. High energy and intimate were the words she used to describe the show.

Many Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters regulars and plenty of new friends were in the audience making the night one of the club’s busiest Thursday nights on record.

The band’s stock of Back In Your Own Backyard albums (available at Bandcamp) sold out.

Thank you to Jennifer Power, sound man Jonathan, and drummer Adam Barnard for the photos below. I also took a few. Enjoy…

The Bakelite Broadcasters just about to go on stage. L-r Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Geoff Power sousaphone, cornet and trombone, Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.

The Bakelite Broadcasters just about to go on stage at Foundry 616. L-r Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Geoff Power sousaphone, cornet and trombone, Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax. Photo: Greg Poppleton.

 

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Adam Barnard during soundcheck at the drums and washboard.

 

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1920s – 1930s singer Greg Poppleton snapped in the wings after the show

 

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Some of the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters instruments on stage – sousaphone, megaphone, trombone, guitar, drums and alto sax.

 

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Greg Poppleton (far right of photo) sings without the microphone, getting up-close and personal with the audience. Paul Furniss plays clarinet, Geoff Power sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard drums.

 

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Geoff Power takes a fiery cornet solo on Hindustan. Grahame Conlon is behind him on guitar. Adam Barnard, drums.

To book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s – 1930s themed wedding, club event or party, talk to Tony Jex

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15 January Builders’ Club Wollongong Show Photos


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters always have a wonderful time at The Basement, Builders’ Club, Wollongong. We were there Sunday 15 January, with a fun afternoon of 1920s-30s jazz. Here are some photos to prove it! And it was also our alto saxophonist’s 14th birthday.

We’ll be back at The Builders, 61 Church St, Wollongong, Sunday 16 April, 2:30 – 5:30pm.

Catch our rare central Sydney show this THURSDAY 19 JANUARY. Foundry 616 jazz club. See Info and Bookings.

Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and band leader of the Bakelite Broadcasters. He returns to the Builders' Club Sun 16 Apr. He'll be leading an exciting 1920s-30s show at Foundry 616, Thursday 19 January. Dinner and show BOOK NOW

Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer and band leader of the Bakelite Broadcasters. He returns to the Builders’ Club Sun 16 Apr. He’ll be leading an exciting 1920s-30s show at Foundry 616, Thursday 19 January. Dinner and show BOOK NOW

 

Grahame Conlon on the banjo and guitar. He'll also be with Greg at Foundry 616 for an exciting 1920s-30s show, Thursday 19 January. TICKETS

Grahame Conlon on the banjo and guitar. He’ll also be with Greg at Foundry 616 for an exciting 1920s-30s show, Thursday 19 January. TICKETS

 

The brilliant Dave Clayton on double bass. He also scats, sings Yes, We Have No Bananas, and plays air drums. He be back with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Builders, Sun 16 April.

The brilliant Dave Clayton on double bass. He also scats, sings Yes, We Have No Bananas, and plays air drums. He be back with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Builders, Sun 16 April.

 

Damon Poppleton on alto sax. He turned 14 at the Builders Club on Sunday.

Damon Poppleton on alto sax. He turned 14 at the Builders Club on Sunday.

 

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TICKETS – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo, 8:30pm Thursday 19 January. In the band will be: Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals, Paul Furniss – clarinet and sax, Geoff Power – trumpet, trombone and sousaphone, Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard – drums and washboard BOOK NOW

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters will next be at Foundry 616, 616 Harris St Ultimo, 8:30pm Thursday 19 January.
In the band:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals, 
Paul Furniss – clarinet and sax, 
Geoff Power – trumpet, trombone and sousaphone, 
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo,
Adam Barnard – drums and washboard
BOOK NOW

Today’s 2SER Breakfast Show Interview by Jess Klajman About 1920s Show Foundry 616 On Thursday 19 January


Had a great time being interviewed by Jess Klajman on 2SER breakfast this morning about Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Foundry 616 Show Thurs 19 Jan 8:30pm

Tickets: dinner and show from 7pm, show 8:30 at Foundry616

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Talking About That New 1920s-30s Jazz Album


Legendary music critic, Stuart Coupe, interviews Greg Poppleton on his 107.3 2SER radio show, Dirt Music.

Stuart talks to Greg about Greg’s new album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard’ and plays Greg’s five favourite tracks from the album.

Back In Your Own Backyard is available on Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Enjoy!

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for all events. Enquire now.

The new album of 1920s - 1930s jazz by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Back In Your Own Backyard.

The new CD and digital album of 1920s – 1930s jazz by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Back In Your Own Backyard.

Corporate Christmas Party 9 December


What a night! What a brilliant 1920s Great Gatsby themed end-of-year-party for a large media company.

The six-piece Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had the 550 guests dancing at the huge corporate 1920s party.

With Greg Poppleton, our dance partners SwingKatz gave an exciting, acrobatic swing dance exhibition, dancing to three songs by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters – Exactly Like You, Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue and Walkin’ My Baby back Home.

SwingKatz were also commissioned to give staff members six weeks of dance lessons leading up to the event to practice some mass choreographic routines which were a highlight of the night.

The routines were danced to songs from two albums by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Firstly, the balboa group danced to Greg Poppleton’s ‘The Charleston’ from the ‘Doin’ the Charleston’. CD and digital downloads available at Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and more.

Then the lindy hoppers hopped to Greg Poppleton’s ‘It’s Only A Paper Moon’ from the band’s 2006 album, ‘The Phantom Dancer’.

The CD sold out long ago but you can cheaply download the track and whole album from Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and more.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer and speakeasy Great Gatsby jazz band of world-touring musicians.

Talk to Tony Jex to book the band for your corporate event, wedding and party tony@entertainoz.com

In the six-piece Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters speakeasy band for the Roaring 20s party were: Greg Poppleton (1920s vocals) Paul Furniss (clarinet and alto sax) Al Davey (trumpet and trombone) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Greg Chilcott (sousaphone) and Ian Bloxsom (drums).

I took some action snaps for you…

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Some of the 1920s costumed guests enjoying the music of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Some of the 1920s costumed guests enjoying the music of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

Band leader and 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, takes a selfie

Band leader and 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, takes a selfie

 

Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax. Al Davey trumpet and trombone.

Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax. Al Davey trumpet and trombone

 

Drummer Ian Bloxsom is a blur of action. Ian, as well as being an ace 1920s drummer, has played percussion for the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera.

Drummer Ian Bloxsom is a blur of action. Ian, as well as being an ace 1920s drummer, has played percussion for the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera

 

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Greg Poppleton sousaphone and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer and speakeasy Great Gatsby jazz band of world-touring musicians.

Talk to Tony Jex to book the band for your corporate event, wedding and party tony@entertainoz.com