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.
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: email@example.com
The band photo below was taken by magneticshots.com, event photography.
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.
The band also played The Charleston for The Salsa Republic
<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.
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.
On sax and clarinet with the Greg Poppleton band is one of Australia’s most celebrated jazz figures, Paul Furniss…