Announcing Bob Hawke’s Death at ALGWA Conference Dinner


Greg Poppleton’s 1920s Quartet were invited to be the entertainment for the ALGWA biennial conference dinner.

During the dinner, it was my solemn duty to break the news that Bob Hawke, Australia’s 23rd Prime Minister, had died. There is film of this moment below…

ALGWA is the national Australian Local Government Women’s Association. With branches in every state and territory it seeks to strengthen networking, mentoring and innovative opportunities that encourage and support women in local government.

algwa sign at conference dinner
ALGWA sign at conference dinner

BREAKING THE NEWS BOB HAWKE HAD DIED

When news came through during the evening that one of Australia’s most popular political leaders had died, I was asked to break the news to the conference delegates.

Thank you to Cazzbo Johns, who put down her sousaphone to film the moment I broke that sad news news mid band set at the ALGWA Conference Dinner…

<h4>1920s SINGER AND BAND</h4>
The Greg Poppleton band for the Conference Dinner included:
– Greg Poppleton: Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer singing into a 1920s suspension microphone and 1920s megaphone
– Paul Furniss: clarinet and alto saxophone
– Cazzbo (Carolyn) Johns: sousaphone
– Grahame Conlon: guitar and banjo

<h4>SOUND AND LIGHTS</h4>
were provided for the long arc shaped room by Tony Jex at OzManagement. As Tony is the booker for the Greg Poppleton band, the ALGWA Conference had lights, sound and operation at a discount.

To book Greg Poppleton, contact Tony: tony@ozmanagement.com

The band photo below was taken by magneticshots.com, event photography.

greg poppleton 1920s band
Greg Poppleton 1920s band

<h4>DANCING</h4>
The Greg Poppleton band played a conga and The Charleston so that The Salsa Republic Dancers could get delegates together on the dance floor.

Below, delegates are dancing the conga.

Dancing the conga to Greg Poppleton
Dancing the conga to Greg Poppleton

The band also played The Charleston for The Salsa Republic

Salsa Republic dancing The Charleston to Greg Poppleton's 1920s band
Salsa Republic dancing The Charleston to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s band

<h4>WHY BOOKING A REAL 1920s BAND FOR A 1920s THEME MAKES REAL DOLLARS AND SENSE</h4>
So many bands play songs from the 1920s.

The Greg Poppleton band is 1920s. That’s because Greg sings the music of the 1920s and 1930s exclusively.

The difference is sound.

Bands and DJs that play 1920s, 1930s, rock, blues, Sinatra, comb, spoons, gypsy, Buble and what ever else is supposed ‘to get people dancing’ try really hard to hide the fact they can’t make the right 1920s – 30s sounds.

It’s that simple.

Like, the family wagon is a car but racers aren’t going to use it to try and win a grand prix, are they?

Booking the family wagon instead of the specialist twenties singer and band ruins any 1920s -30s atmosphere you’ve spent money, time and reputation on creating.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Cazzbo Johns on sousaphone
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Cazzbo Johns on sousaphone

And here’s Cazzbo with Grahame Conlon on guitar doubling banjo in the Greg Poppleton band at the ALGWA dinner. Tony Jex is in the back ground at the sound desk.

Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo in the Greg Poppleton band
Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo in the Greg Poppleton band

On sax and clarinet with the Greg Poppleton band is one of Australia’s most celebrated jazz figures, Paul Furniss…

Paul Furniss with the Greg Poppleton band on alto sax and clarinet.
Paul Furniss with the Greg Poppleton band on alto sax and clarinet.

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With A Name Like Poppleton I Must Pop


As Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer, I put on a show, interact with the audience, constantly improvise, spontaneously take risks.

How can I have a name like Poppleton if I don’t Pop!

Look at the band’s 12 January 2019 Unanderra Hotel show (full house) for the Illawarra Jazz Club.

What’s going on in this photo?

Greg Poppleton sings in the Unanderra Hotel toilets

I’d just sung the first chorus of Singing in the Bathtub in the 2nd set of my Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s show on stage at the Unanderra Hotel.

Then I jumped off stage and told the audience, “Everyone sounds good when they sing in the the bathroom. I will now demonstrate.”

So I walked through the audience as the band played on and went to the Gents.

Shelley Rae King, former Illawarra Jazz Club president, raced in to take snaps as I sang the second chorus from the public toilet using the full tiled amplifying bathroom reverb only a 1920s megaphone in a throne room can give.

Meanwhile, the band’s still playing on stage.

And the audience is having a great time – being surprised and entertained.

They’re being entertained by a singer whose voice can fill a 150 people room, off stage from a toilet, with only a megaphone, while a sousaphone, alto sax, banjo and washboard swing on stage without missing a beat.

It’s all sounding so good a swing dance couple join me in the toilet – dancing to the music…

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and swing dancers in toilet

One-by-one the band spontaneously walk off stage, still playing as I sing, to join me in the big porcelain echo chamber.

First Adam Barnard taps in on the washboard. Grahame Conlon strums along on the banjo (which weighs a ton). Damon Poppleton wails in playing alto sax. It gets a bit crowded when Geoff Power on sousaphone joins in…

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and band in the toilets at Unanderra Hotel

Who’d would expect that would happen from a 1920s – 30s singer and band. Here’s a photo taken on stage by one of the audience of Damon, Geoff on cornet and myself a couple of minutes before the first set.

Greg Poppleton 1920s trio

Below, Damon takes his last solo as a 15 year old, with Geoff Power on sousaphone and Grahame Conlon, banjo…

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s Swing Band

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As I sang off the top of my head at Unanderra:-

“It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that Pop CD, 20 bucks, 20 bucks, 20 bucks, 20 bucks.” (Only $12 CD / $7 download on Bandcamp)

The latest Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters CD, 'Doin' The Charleston'

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Singing 1920s Songs on Vintage Trains


After entertaining passengers on vintage train trips in February, Greg Poppleton was invited back to entertain on the ‘The Hydro Express’ and ‘The Highlander’.

Greg sang the songs of the 1920s and joked with passengers on the vintage trains with Paul Baker, banjo, on the Hydro Express, and then the next day with Grahame Conlon, guitar, on The Highlander.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Paul Baker banjo in the Guards Van of The Hydro Express
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Paul Baker banjo in the Guards Van of The Hydro Express
The Observation car of the Hydro Express waiting at Sydney's Country Train Terminal
The Observation car of the Hydro Express waiting at Sydney’s Country Train Terminal

The Hydro Express heritage train ran from Sydney to Medlow Bath for High Tea at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel. Guests traveled in their choice of three classes – Standard, Premier or Lounge.

The Highland climbing the Illawarra Escarpment
The Highland climbing the Illawarra Escarpment
Greg Poppleton and Grahame Conlon on The Highlan
Greg Poppleton and Grahame Conlon on The Highlander
The view of Stanwell Park beach from the train
The view of Stanwell Park beach from the train

The Highlander ran from Sydney via Unanderra (where Greg will be singing, 12 January) to Robertson and then Moss Vale. It traveled up the Illawarra Escarpment through temperate rainforest and with views over lake Illawarra and the Tasman Sea. Many guests alighted at Robertson for High Tea at Ranelagh House.

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One Red Rose


A fresh Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band line-up played today at Sydney’s Edwardian Central Station Concourse for the annual Transport Heritage Expo.

Did you see the Transport Heritage Expo story on Saturday’s evening news?
https://www.facebook.com/7newssydney/videos/2151746698182785/

With Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer was,
– Damon Poppleton alto sax
– Paul Baker banjo
– Dave Clayton double bass.

A woman rushed up to my megaphone and placed a long-stemmed red rose in it while we were playing.

Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.
Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.

We’re at the Transport Heritage Expo Monday 11 June, too. Playing from 10am – 2pm with sousaphone doubling trumpet, guitar doubling banjo and washboard doubling snare.

Here’s some more photos from today. Though there must be thousands more out in the wide blue internet from all the clicks and film taken today.

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Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience.

 

Dave Clayton - double bass with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Dave Clayton – double bass with Greg Poppleton‘s Jazz Deco band

 

The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s – 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

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Another Triumph For Art In Wollongong


It’s always a great pleasure singing the songs of the 1920s – 30s to the always appreciative audience in The Basement of The Builders Club, Wollongong.

And it’s also always a great joy to sing with swinging Grahame Conlon on guitar and doubling on banjo, and the spontaneous Dave Clayton on double bass.

Songs in English, German, Italian and Spanish included Tip Toe Through The Tulips, El Mansiero, Dove e Quando?, Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt and My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.

The Builders Club has jazz in The Basement every Sunday 2:30 – 5:30pm. Free!

We’ll be back at The Builders Club in August and November. We hope to see you there, too. And if you want Greg Poppleton at your place, Enquire Now

The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong
The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong

 

Greg Poppleton – 1920s-1930s singer with Dave Clayton on double bass at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 6 May

 

The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone
The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone

 

Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton
Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton

 

Dave Clayton feeling 'I Got Rhythm' on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.
Dave Clayton feeling ‘I Got Rhythm’ on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.

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