Penrith RSL Remembrance Day, Greg Poppleton, Bob Gillespie, Lovelace Watkins and Marion Harris


Greg Poppleton and his band of 1920s – 1930s jazz swing musicians had a fantastic Saturday. We played two fun jazz gigs audiences greatly enjoyed and danced to – Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz, followed by ‘Deckers in the Night’ at the Sydney Bus Museum.

Saturday was Remembrance Day. At the band’s previous show in August I had been asked by Penrith Club members to introduce a suitable song to commemorate the day.

I chose the 1918, armistice year hit, ‘After You’ve Gone’, inspired by one of my favourite singers, Marion Harris,

I also shot a little tongue-in-cheek Christmas promo for the band’s four albums of CDs and mp3s. Please form an orderly queue now to the online Bandcamp shop. See full details in the description below this YouTube video shot live at the Penrith show:

As always, I took some snaps of the Greg Poppleton band for you. The band features some of Sydney’s most experienced swing, jazz musicians. All are world-toured.

Drummer, Bob Gillespie, played in the Glenn Miller Orchestra for their 1990s Australian tours as well as being drummer for Maynard Ferguson’s English Band and musical director for Lovelace Watkins. You can see him here backing Lovelace Watkins on ‘My Way’.

Now for a triple threat (as they say in ‘showbiz’) of the Greg Poppleton Penrith RSL Remembrance Day show photos…

Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years
Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years

 

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer

 

The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert – Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.

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Greg Poppleton’s energy and authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals bring dynamic, Great Gatsby charm to concerts, clubs, weddings, corporate events and house parties. Find out how we can make your next event swing…

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Bush Bank Wedding Photos and Music Videos, 4 Nov 2017


Saturday night and Greg Poppleton was singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s with his band at Simon and Aleis’ beautiful wedding at Bush Bank. Bush Bank is an old dairy farm on the coast just south of Kiama, two hours drive (or train + walk) from Sydney.

Having a live 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing band can make a fantastic difference to your wedding. Having Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and band gives you the biggest emotional impact.

I took some photos to show you. In the meantime, find out about having Greg Poppleton at your wedding

Dancing to Greg Poppleton and his 1920s – 1930s band at Simon and Aleis’ perfect wedding, Bush Bank, Kiama.
The Illawarra is famous for its giant Port Jackson fig trees. The area was once a rainforest. The big wedding fig tree at Bush Bank.
The Illawarra is famous for its giant Port Jackson fig trees (and Cabbage Palms). The area was once a rainforest. The big wedding fig tree at Bush Bank.
Greg Poppleton's band of red hot 1920s-30s jazz musicians. (L-r) Glenn Henrich soprano, alto, baritone sax, clarinet and piccolo, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone.
Greg Poppleton’s band of red hot 1920s-30s jazz musicians. (L-r) Glenn Henrich soprano, alto, baritone sax, clarinet and piccolo, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone.
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer. Left, Glenn Henrich baritone sax. Right, Geoff Power trumpet.
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer. Left, Glenn Henrich baritone sax. Right, Geoff Power trumpet.
Looking out of the marquee at Bush Bank and across the cow paddocks to the Pacific Ocean
Looking out of the marquee at Bush Bank and across the cow paddocks to the Pacific Ocean

FILM OF THE LOCAL AREA
set to music from Greg’s latest 1920s-30s album Back In Your Own Backyard.

In the band video below, I filmed the crashing waves about a year ago just where you see the white breakers in the picture above. Enjoy the 1914 hit, ‘They Didn’t Believe Me’ by the Greg Poppleton  1920s vocal, guitar and clarinet trio in a contemplative mode. The song is from the band’s album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard‘ available from Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes. 

And here’s the band playing ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’, also from the album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard‘. And the film was also taken just over a year ago and just at the back of Bush Bank along the Kiama – Gerringong bush walk. Enjoy!

To book Greg Poppleton for your wedding, event or party, please visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Swing Night with Greg Poppleton @ Django Bar Sunday 16 July


Hello!

I’ll be swinging at the hip Django Bar with my band, Sunday 16 July and I’d love to see you there.

It’ll be a cheeky, barnstorming, high energy show featuring a sunny collection of upbeat songs from the Prohibition and Swing Era.

It’s called Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at the Django Bar.

And I’ll be joined by the All About Swing dancers. All dancers welcome! TICKETS 

$17 pre, $20 door | 6pm doors, 8pm show
Delicious food (including pizza!) available.
Fully licensed – NO BYO
Limited table bookings for groups of 8 or more only are available – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked.
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18′s must be accompanied by an adult)

Here I am improvising on Margie to two of the All About Swing dancers at a gig in April…

And here’s the band and I with Siobhan and Katrina Jane from the All About Swing crew…

In my swinging trio for the Django Bar, Sunday 16 July, will be: ARIA nominee Geoff Power on sousaphone and trumpet, Ricky May alumnus Grahame Conlon grooving guitar and banjo, and high school alto sax up-and-comer Damon Poppleton. Damon has already performed on stage with Anna Vriend (Canada) and Denis di Blasio (USA).

Damon is way underage, so under 18s are welcome accompanied by a responsible adult.

On the song list will be The Charleston, My Blue Heaven, The Way You Look Tonight, Falling in Love Again and On The Road to Gundagai.

Come along have dinner, have a dance and have fun!
See you Sunday 16 July at Swing Night with Greg Poppleton @ Django Bar.
Doors open 6pm. Show 8pm. Finishes 10pm.

Tickets:
Door: $20
Pre-book: $17 + bf at stickytickets
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar 8pm Sunday 16 July with All About Swing Dancers

1920s-30s Jazz at the Builders Club, Wollongong 25 June


I returned with my band, Greg Poppleton, to The Basement in the Master Builders’ Club, Wollongong, for a cosy afternoon of 1920s – 1930s swing and a few laughs.

It was good to see so many old friends of the band in the audience and nice to make some new acquaintances, too.

And it was also very nice to be invited by the Illawarra Jazz Club to play at one of their Corrimal Hotel jazz afternoons later in the year. I’ll keep you posted for time and date.

We’re back at The Builders Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2;30-5:30pm on Sunday 22 October.

We’re also playing:
30 June – Gin Mill Social. Tix
16 July – Django Bar, Marrickville. Pre-book $17. $20 door. Tix
29 July – Gin Mill Social. Tix
30 July – Sydney Rowers club, Abbotsford 3pm

In the band was:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s vocals
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Dave Clayton – double bass
Damon Poppleton – alto and soprano saxes

Visit the band website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

As always I took some blurry photos for you…

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band leader with Damon Poppleton alto sax and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s jazz swing trio with Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and Dave Clayton double bass.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band on guitar doubling banjo.
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
Dave Clayton with the Greg Poppleton band blissing out on the double bass
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.
The Builders Club, jazz every Sunday in The Basement 2:30-5:30pm. 61 Church St Wollongong.

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Greg Poppleton ‘Swinging At The Speakeasy’ in Palmer & Co.


Wednesday night, 26 April, Greg Poppleton and band returned to Palmer & Co to play at the Wednesday night ‘Swinging At The Speakeasy‘ curated by Pia Andersen.

One couple at the bar, enjoying Greg Poppleton and band, told me that our energetic, swinging, 1920s performance made them think they were back in New York City.

With Greg Poppleton in the band were Paul Furniss clarinet, Paul Baker banjo and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.

Sydney swing dance school, All About Swing, headed by Siobhan and Matthew, dress up for Swinging at the Speakeasy and dance to live bands. Free!

Authentic 1920s singer Greg Poppleton with his 1920s-30s duo to full 1920s orchestra is also available for all your entertainment needs. Request a quote now.

Here are some photos from Greg Poppleton Swinging At The Speakeasy.
Photo credits: Pia, Siobhan, Tarsh and Katrina…

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Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band (Paul Baker banjo, Greg Chilcott sousaphone, Paul Furniss clarinet (out of shot) Swinging At The Speakeasy.
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The vibe at Swinging At The Speakeasy as Greg Poppleton played.
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Greg Poppleton 1920s band with the All About Swing dancers
swing dancers dip with Greg Poppleton swing jazz band
The dipsy doodle
singing to the swing dancer
Greg Poppleton singing to dancer Siobhan Ford

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Penrith RSL 1920s Show Photos – 15 April 2017


Here are some photos taken today at the Penrith RSL 1920s Show – the first leg of the Greg Poppleton Easter Tour 2017 – and a clip from the local Penrith Press.

Tomorrow we’re at The Basement, Master Builders’ Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2:30-5:30pm. Free!

In the photos: Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer with red megaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass, Bob Gillespie drums and Damon Poppleton soprano sax.

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Greg Poppleton article 1920s Penrith show

Greg Poppleton Easter Tour 2017 - Penrith RSL 15 April, Builders Club Wollongong 16 April, Gin Mill Social 21 April

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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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