Speakeasy House Party


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.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz at a house party
Dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz at a house party

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.

Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet
Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet

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.

Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton's swing at a house party
Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton’s swing at a house party

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!

A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio
A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

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’.

Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit 'The Way You Look Tonight' in Greg Poppleton's trio
Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ in Greg Poppleton’s trio

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We Met Micro-Nation Royalty – The Prince of Wy!


The Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s trio has never for a moment ever dreamt we’d one day meet royalty!

To set the scene, we were playing outside a church converted into an art gallery/community centre. The event was a Christmas party for local artists and volunteers…

It was something of a windy summer afternoon, as you might tell from my windswept locks. Jim Elliott on the bass saxophone had to keep a tight hold on his woodwind so it wouldn’t go crashing to the ground.

Chuck Morgan played guitar to make up the Greg Poppleton vocals, guitar, bass 1920s trio.

We played in the shadow of the church, now Art Gallery, spire.

What were those poles in the background of the band photos? Here’s a better view, and their story…

The 24 poles were created by artist Warren Keen for the Bungaree’s Farm exhibition (2012). The poles are carved with dendroglyphs of Aboriginal design as used in NSW to signify burial and initiation sites. More info here.

Now to royalty.

One of the artists who came up to say hello to me and the band said my blue, striped, double-breasted suit reminded him of Duke Ellington.

That’s not quite the royalty bit.

The artist had painted Duke Ellington’s portrait, while Duke Ellington was touring Australia with his Orchestra in 1970. Duke Ellington tour news clippings.

That artist’s name is Paul Delprat.

Paul Delprat, pictured above in a snap I took (with his permission) while we were talking, is principal of the Julian Ashton School of Art – Australia’s oldest continuous art school. Paul is a distinguished painter and illustrator. His art hangs in the National Gallery of Australia and in collections around the world. He has also founded scholarships at the Julian Ashton School of Art.

Paul comes from a long line of famous and distinguished Australian artists, including Howard Ashton, Julian Howard Ashton and Julian Ashton CBE.

One of his great grandfathers, Guillaume Daniel Delprat CBE, was a developer of the froth flotation process for separating minerals (something I’m personally familiar with, separating and concentrating copper, zinc and lead ores as a young engineer at Cobar Mines in 1980).

And he’s THE PRINCE OF WY.

Paul leads a micro-nation. His ‘The Principality of Wy‘ seceeded from Australia due to a council dispute that Paul has now creatively turned long-term art project.

We’d met Royalty!!!

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1920s Themed 30th Birthday Party Photos


Greg Poppleton entertained with songs from the 1920s at an absolutely brilliant 30th birthday party in Sydney last night.

Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer, Greg Poppleton, was backed by Geoff Power (sousaphone / trumpet) and Paul Baker on banjo.

Paul was playing a banjo that once belong to one of the most prolific recording artists of the 20th century, the Benny Goodman and Paul Whiteman alumnus, Allan Reuss.

Greg Poppleton plays jazz and swing from the 1920s and 1930s for clubs and festivals as well as parties, weddings and corporate events. Enquire about having us at your party.

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The Lolly Table

 

Dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters 1920s beat.
Dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s beat.

 

Paul Baker on his Allan Reuss provenance banjo and Geoff Power, sousaphone.
Paul Baker on his Allan Reuss provenance banjo and Geoff Power, sousaphone.

 

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters 1920s Trio. Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s-30s singer, Paul Baker on a banjo once owned by Allan Reuss (Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman) and Geoff Power on sousaphone doubling trumpet.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters 1920s Trio. Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s-30s singer, Paul Baker on a banjo once owned by Allan Reuss (Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman) and Geoff Power on sousaphone doubling trumpet.

 

Greg Poppleton is an authentic 1920s - 30s singer, totally uninfluenced and uninterested in contemporary music.
Greg Poppleton is an authentic 1920s – 30s singer, totally uninfluenced and uninterested in contemporary music.

Want the real 1920s / 1930s deal at your party?
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September Newsletter – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


We’re excited to be playing for the Supper Club, Illawarra Jazz Club, 30 Sept. We’d like to see you there. TICKETS & SEATING PLAN ONLINE. Or call Doreen to book 4285 1903
Hello Bakelite Broadcasters!

Following from the fun time Greg Poppeton and the Bakelite Broadcasters had entertaining at this years Illawarra Jazz Fest, Illawarra Jazz Club have invited us to play at the 30 September Supper Club.

Where? City Beach Function Centre – Marine Drive, Wollongong.

Band:
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals
Cazzbo Johns – sousaphone
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Glenn Henrich – alto sax, clarinet, piccolo and his 1930s baritone sax
Laurie Bennett – drums

The Event:
Concert – 8 pm – 9 pm and 9.45 pm – 10.45 pm
Antipasto platter on arrival and light supper at 9 pm.
Cost: $35
Bookings: See Doreen or give her a call at 4285 1903
Or, go online, Tickets

MORE SEPTEMBER DATES

Sat 10 September – 30th Birthday Party

Fri 16 September – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills, 6:45 – 11:30pm  Tickets available here

Fri 30 September – Illawarra Jazz Club’s Supper Club
City Beach Function Centre – Marine Drive, Wollongong
Doors open 7:15pm
Bookings: See Doreen or give her a call at 4285 1903
Or, go online, Tickets

PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM – BACK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD – NOW

Pre-order the new album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters now at Bandcamp.

Hear I’ll See In My Dreams from the album.

Pre-order the CD now or mp3 album so you have yours secured when the album is released 31st October. Mp3s will be cable to be downloaded from Bandcamp 31 Oct. Pre-ordered CDs will be mailed out to you on 31 October.

Limited edition CDs  –  ONLY 250 CDs PRESSED. Pre-order now!

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1920s and 1930s song list. Listen to I’ll See You In My Dreams.

1. Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home view
2. They Didn’t Believe Me view
3. Too Marvellous view
4. I’ll See You In My Dreams 02:36
5. Back In Your Own Backyard view
6. Egyptian Ella view
7. When My Dreamboat Comes Homeview
8. Honeysuckle Rose view
9. Nobody’s Sweetheart view
10. The Lady Is A Tramp view
11. Makin’ Whoopee! view
12. Yes, We Have No Bananas! view

On the album with Greg Poppleton is Paul Furniss alto sax and clarinet, Geoff Power trumpet, trombone and sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar and Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard.

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2016-2017 SHOW DATES

Sat 27 August – 30th Birthday Party

Sat 10 September – 30th Birthday Party

Fri 16 September – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills

Tickets available here

Fri 30 September – Illawarra Jazz Club’s Supper Club
Tickets

Sat 8 October – Penrith RSL
Free

Fri 14 October – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills

Tickets available here

Sun 16 October – Master Builders’ Club, Wollongong

Free

Sun 6 November – Sydney Rowers Club, Abbotsford

Free

Fri 11 November – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills

Tickets available here

Fri 9 December – Corporate Event

Sat 4 Feb – 2017 Great Art Deco Ball
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

Sun 19 February 2017 – Jazz At The Pines, Dural

Tickets available here

Sat 25 March  – Wedding

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1920s Gin Mill Social 19 August with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


It was great for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters to meet so many new friends in the audience at last night’s Gin Mill Social at Slide Cabaret. Greg Poppleton 1920s vocals, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, and Bradley Newman at the baby grand piano.

Slide Cabaret
37-41 Oxford St
Surry Hills, Australia

It’s the perfect night for getting your Gatsby on with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters and the next Gin Mill Social is Friday 16 September. TICKETS!

Grab some friends and join us for a speakeasy banquet and a night of live music and dancing, plus surprise pop up performances… a night where you can feast, dance and play!
It’s the 1920’s in here!

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for September 16: Greg Poppleton voc, Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet, Paul Baker banjo. Book the band for your own party, wedding or corporate event. See you at the Gin Mill 16 September!

Gin Mill Social Greg Poppleton 1920s singer Sydney
1920s fun at Slide’s Gin Mill Social every month

 

1920s singer
Greg Poppleton – 1920s singer with the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Gin Mill Social every month.

 

Bradley Newman at the baby grand
Bradley Newman at the baby grand

 

A sparkling dessert. A three course dinner is included in the ticket price.
A sparkling dessert. A three course dinner is included in the ticket price.

 

Geoff Power, ARIA nominee trumpet player and sousaphonist in Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Geoff Power, ARIA nominee trumpet player and sousaphonist in Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

 

Missy the fan dancer
Missy the fan dancer

 

Mr Gorski balancing a bottle on a balloon on a stick sticking out of his mouth
Mr Gorski balancing a bottle on a balloon on a stick sticking out of his mouth

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TICKETS: Gin Mill Social Friday 16 September 2016

Part 4: Greg Poppleton at Waiheke Jazz Festival 2016


Waiheke 2016 Festival Part 4. Photos of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the big Finale Concert, 2016 Waiheke International Jazz Festival in New Zealand.

Waiheke Jazz Festival Part 3
Waiheke Jazz Festival Part 2
Waiheke Jazz Festival Part 1

These photos were taken at the big Finale concert, Rangihoua Estate on Sunday night by myself and Auckland-based photographers Steve Bone and Shelley Wood

In the afternoon before the Festival Finale, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played for a luncheon for Medical alumni of Otago University at Venue, Onetangi on Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Onetangi Beach opposite Venue where Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played.
Onetangi Beach opposite Venue where Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played for a party of Otago University medicine alumni.

 

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Venue, Onetangi NZ

 

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s - 1930s singer, at the soundcheck
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, at the soundcheck

 

Arthur Washington on guitar with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
Arthur Washington on guitar with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

Greg Chilcott doubling sousaphone and trombone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Venue. Arthur Washington, guitar.
Greg Chilcott doubling sousaphone and trombone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Venue. Arthur Washington, guitar.

Then it was off to Rangihoua Estate to play in the grand finale for the 2016 Waiheke International Jazz Festival…

The grand finale outdoor stage being set up at Rangihoua Estate
The grand finale outdoor stage being set up at Rangihoua Estate

 

The chooks at Rangihoua doing a last minute clean-up before seating for the grand finale is set up.
The chooks at Rangihoua doing a last minute clean-up before seating for the grand finale is set up.

 

Jousting on the giant chess board backstage with Greg Chilcott, sousaphone and trombone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Jousting on the giant chess board backstage with Greg Chilcott, sousaphone and trombone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

 

Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, dancing on stage at the Grand Finale, 2016 Waiheke International Jazz Festival
Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, dancing on stage at the Grand Finale, 2016 Waiheke International Jazz Festival. Photo Steve Bone

 

I took a snap from the stage as I was chatting inbetween songs.
I took a snap from the stage while chatting in between songs.

 

And Auckland photographer Shelley Wood snapped me taking that snap!
And Auckland photographer Shelley Wood snapped me taking that snap!

 

Greg Chicott sousaphone and Arthur Washington guitar with me on stage.
Greg Chicott sousaphone and Arthur Washington guitar with me on stage. Photo Steve Bone.

 

Greg Poppleton singing The Charleston through the big, red 1920s megaphone on the stage at Waiheke
Greg Poppleton singing The Charleston through the big, red 1920s megaphone on the stage at Waiheke. Photo Steve Bone.

 

Kiaora! What a fantastic festival. We hope to return to Waiheke one day. Greg Poppleton thanking the audience and waving kiaora.
Kiaora! What a fantastic festival. We hope to return to Waiheke one day. Greg Poppleton thanking the audience and waving kiaora till next time. Photo Steve Bone.

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Waiheke International Jazz Festival Part 2 – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters were invited to play at the Waiheke International Jazz Festival 2016 in New Zealand over the Easter weekend.

You can read the story so far on the Waiheke Part 1 post.

And now for Part 2…

The band’s first show was in the Artworks Theatre, Oneroa.

Artworks Theatre, Oneroa. First Waiheke gig for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
Artworks Theatre, Oneroa. First Waiheke gig for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

“FANMAIL ALERT!!! Hi Greg. I “met” you (not in person) during your Friday evening performance at the Waiheke Jazz Festival. I live my life on purpose and in the moment, rarely missing a calling / opportunity. However, during your performance I totally froze when you made eye contact, and I could not bring myself to talk to you afterwards. I regret not telling you that your music has moved and inspired me. Thank you for giving of yourself so generously! With best wishes for your future,” W.T.  NZ

With me in the Bakelite Broadcasters for Waiheke were Greg Chilcott (sousaphone and trombone) and Arthur Washington (guitar).

The Friday night bill for the Artworks Theatre was George Washingmachine, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, followed by Liam Burrows. A quick snap I took of the audience

The Artworks Theatre audience
The Artworks Theatre audience

 

A shot of the midnight moon taken on my pocket camera as I strolled the 20 minutes home to Hekerua Bay from the gig

Moon over Waiheke
Moon over Waiheke

 

Saturday afternoon, Greg Chilcott joined George Washingmachine and Arthur at their gig in the Aperitivo in Oneroa. I sat in on ‘Avalon’, changing the title in the second chorus to ‘Oneroa’, singing personally to everyone in the bar, then high-stepping to the exit, waving my hat in a grand flourish to head for the beach.

Took a stroll to Ostend. Since NZ has no poisonous snakes and its one poisonous spider lives in sand dunes, I did what I certainly could never do in Australia – popped in off the roadway into a web-free, snake-free, leech-free and very dense, fern forest. Beautiful!

Fern forest in Waiheke suburbia
Fern forest in Waiheke suburbia
Strolling into a fern shaded gully
Rambling through a fern shaded Waiheke gully

 

Saturday night was the big show at Morra Hall, with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters supporting LA-based, New Zealand singer/songwriter of melodic, lyric-based pop, Greg Johnson.

I’ll post photos from Morra Hall for you by Steve Bone in Part 3 of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at The Waiheke International Jazz Festival.

Arriving at Morra Hall for the soundcheck
Arriving at Morra Hall for the soundcheck

 

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