The Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s Trio played for a speakeasy themed house party. We went down so well we were handsomely tipped at the end by the generous host.
There was such an array of creative, talented, fun-loving people at the party who danced to Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals with Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar and Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet.
We set up in a corner of the lounge room, loading in and setting up very carefully so as not to knock anything in the house.
We used a small PA for the vocal mic and banjo. The guitar was played through a small amp. The trumpet and sousaphone did not need to be mic’d at all.
And I supplied intermission music including 1930 radio broadcasts by the Philco Orchestra and 1933 Cocoanut Grove broadcasts by the Phil Harris Orchestra.
The overall effect was a balanced 1920s-30s sound that was not loud. Guests could talk easily where the band played. Some were even sitting on couches right next to me as I sang. That’s how the photo above was taken.
And as always I sang personally to every guest who wanted to engage (which was everyone). No-one felt left out.
I had a bad case of (non-contagious) laryngitis, so my singing was sounding somewhere between Tom Waits and Rochester from the ‘Jack Benny Show’. I wish had recorded some of it. The show must go on!
Some of the guests sang, too. ‘Dark Eyes’ and ‘Mission to Moscow’ were sung with much love by a duet of friends in Russian. An international opera tenor did a beautiful version of ‘Autumn Leaves’. And a former back-up singer for punk bands joined me on ‘Lili Marleen’.
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