Swing Dancers and Children Dancing

Greg Poppleton sang with his 1920s-1930s trio at the unusual music venue, Central Station, every day of the June Long Weekend for the Transport Heritage Expo.

The band drew a big semi-circle of onlookers at a location people normally rush through to catch their train.

At one point in the second set, I spied a group of six dressed in fine vintage fashion, hesitating outside the semi circle of onlookers.

When I called out to them that they might want to dance to the next song, Somebody Loves Me, it turned out they were swing dancers!

So I took some snaps as they took to the terrazzo to swirl and twirl to the band’s swinging authentic 1920s – 1930s swing.

After the gig, my agent, Tony Jex, from OzManagement, texted me this nice message from a person who was in the audience,

“Greg, thanks for the dedication of Avalon today. By the way, On The Sunny Side of the Street is my funeral song and always gets me teary. Thanks again,” Craig and Baby Steven.

In the Greg Poppleton band:
Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer
Geoff Power – sousaphone and trumpet
Grahame Conlon – guitar
Adam Barnard – washboard, snare, bells, blocks and choke cymbal.

And please visit Greg Poppleton’s website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com with lots of band videos, photos and gig guide.

June Newsletter – Greg Poppleton

Heigh-Ho Everybody,

… as Rudy Vallee used to say on his 1930s radio show –

and we’ve changed the band name and web address

Yes, we’ve taken the plunge.

Due to many requests, the band name Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters has been changed and shortened.

Now it’s a name we’re sure you’ll find easier to say, easier to write and easier to remember – Greg Poppleton.

The band website name has changed, too. It was bakelitejazz.com. Now it’s gregpoppletonmusic.com.

Check out the hot new video for you on the new website – ‘All About Swing’ dancing to Greg Poppleton playing The Charleston at Palmer & Co.


We’re back at Palmer & Co this Saturday night, 27 May, 8-Midnight. FREE.

If you’re in the city, drop by.

Palmer & Co is on Abercrombie Lane, downstairs, off George St and a five minute stroll from Wynyard Station.

This is what it looks like when we play there…


We’re playing the wedding reception of one of our good, long-time Facebook friends and fan of the band tonight.

And we’re sure looking forward to it.

The theme is Jazz Club – and we’ve played at plenty of those – Foundry616, Blue Note, Vanguard, Basement, Gin Mill Social, and jazz festivals.

I’ve assembled, as always, the best aggregation of classic 1920s jazz and 1930s swing musicians there is to be had in Sydney:

Paul Furniss – clarinet and alto sax
Geoff Power – cornet and sousaphone
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Lawrie Thompson – drums and washboard
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals

Round Pearl Wedding

As you know, we play for all types of events, especially those with a 1920s / 1930s theme.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for real 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing for their wedding, corporate function or party, please contact the ever helpful Tony Jex to see what we can do for you and to get your obligation-free quotation.

Tony: 02 9567 7171   |   0407 941 263   |  tony@ozmanagement.com



We’re playing lots of gigs in the city for your listening and dancing pleasure this month.

Put on your winter woolies, catch a stream train, catch Vivid, come Gin Mill Social, go see us at…

Wedding – Jazz Club theme
(well, only if you’ve been invited, but I’ve added it so you know)

8pm – Midnight
Palmer & Co, Downstairs, Abercrombie Lane, City

7 – 10pm
Singing with the Bridge City Jazz Band
Club Ashfield, Next to Ashfield Station

10am – 2pm
Check their site:
Transport Heritage Expo
Platform 2, Central Station

2:30 – 5:30pm
The Basement
Builders Club,
61 Church Street, Wollongong

Gin Mill Social Pop-Up At Cello’s
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
169 Castlereagh St, City


Every week I bring you a non-stop two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s – 60s radio and TV on The Phantom Dancer.

Produced at 107.3 2SER Sydney, where it’s heard Tuesdays after the 12 noon news, The Phantom Dancer is heard around Australia on 22 radio stations and online.

Yes, NOW you can hear the show ONLINE at 2ser.com

Listen while you surf the net!

You may have seen me on an ad now running hot on TV for a couple of breakfast show people.

There are four ads in all.

I’ve cut them down to footage for you. They’re the second ad in this showreel of some of the 59 TV commercials I’ve featured in over the years. Enjoy!

In closing, as you know, we play for all types of events – weddings, corporate and house parties – especially those with a 1920s / 1930s theme.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for real 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing for your/their occasion, please contact the ever helpful Tony Jex for your obligation-free quotation.

Tony: 02 9567 7171   |   0407 941 263   |  tony@ozmanagement.com

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.

Pia has put together a fine collection of bands for this free Wednesday night event in the 1920s styled brick-lined vaults of this Sydney underground nightclub.

And what is absolutely fantastic is that the newest 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!

Yep, Swinging At The Speakeasy is free. It’s very Wednesday. Bands play from 7-10pm and it’s at Palmer & Co, Abercrombie Lane off George Street near Circular Quay.

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…

1920s jazz trio
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band (Paul Baker banjo, Greg Chilcott sousaphone, Paul Furniss clarinet (out of shot) Swinging At The Speakeasy.
swing dancers and audience
The vibe at Swinging At The Speakeasy as Greg Poppleton played.
dancers and 1920s Greg poppleton jazz band
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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Greg Poppleton Show Photos Builders Club, Wollongong

Greg Poppleton, 1920s – 30s singer and band, returned to The Builders Club Wollongong, Sunday 16th April.

It was the second show on the band’s Easter Tour 2017, with a enthusiastic audience in The Basement at The Builders.

Greg often took a walk through the audience to sing to everyone personally, his booming 3-octave baritone filling the room without a microphone.

On stage: Greg Poppleton (1920s-30s vocals), Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Dave Clayton (double bass) and Damon Poppleton (soprano sax).

We’ll be back at the The Builders Sunday 25 June and Sunday 22 October.

Both shows are free. Music starts 2:30pm. Lights up at 5:30pm.

Meantime, we also love playing weddings, corporate events and parties. Request a quote.

For your wedding, corporate event and party, Request a quote.

The final Greg Poppleton on the Easter Tour 2017 will be the 1920s Gin Mill Social at Slide Cabaret, Friday 21 April. More Info and Tickets

Then, Wednesday April 26, dance to Greg Poppleton Swingin’ at the Speakeasy at Palmer & Co, Abercrombie Lane, City, 7-10pm. Free.

24 March Gin Mill Social Photos with Greg Poppleton Band

Greg Poppleton and band opened the 24 March Gin Mill Social with plenty of rhythmic 1920s hotcha.

Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer sang, with Paul Baker banjo and Jim Elliott on alto and bass saxophone.

Here’s a gallery of all the fun at Sydney’s premier 1920s night.

Get in early to book your tickets for the last Gin Mill Social at Slide, Friday 21 April, 6:45-11:30pm.

It will be the final show of the Greg Poppleton Easter Tour 2017: Penrith RSL 15 April 2pm = Builders Club Wollongong 16 April 2:30pm – Gin Mill Social, Slide Cabaret, Surry Hills 21 April 6:45pm

Greg Poppleton and band also play weddings, corporate events and parties. Contact us at the band website.

February Newsletter – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Hello Bakelite Broadcasters!

January was a busy month for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters….

Dec 31 – Jan 1 New Years Hollywood Party Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
10 Jan – 1st show at The Builders Club Wollongong
(rebooked 16 Oct)
17 Jan – Cronulla RSL
(next date to be announced)
22 Jan – The 1st Gin Mill Social for 2016
(back again Fri 19 Feb)

Now February is even busier…

Thurs 4 Feb – play for the start of the 2016 Law Term
Sat 6 Feb – Great Art Deco Ball (more details below)
Thurs 11 Feb – private concert, New York theme
Sat 13 Feb – private Anniversary celebration
Fri 19 Feb – 1920s Gin Mill Social (more details below)
Wed 24 Feb – in the studio to record a NEW ALBUM!!!

6 February – Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel Katoomba.
Have you bought your tickets, yet? Call the Carrington Hotel 4782 1111.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are back at the historic, glamorous Carrington Hotel, fourth year in a row, for the Roaring 20s Festival Great Art Deco Ball, Sat 6 Feb 7:30pm.

Tickets, including three course meal and beverage package are available at Carrington reception or call 4782 1111.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters you’ll dance to:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s singer
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Chuck Morgan – guitar, banjo and ukelele
Jim Elliot – bass saxophone, alto sax and clarinet

Here’s a photo from last year’s Great Art Deco Ball…Looks like fun!

Fri 19 February – The Gin Mill Social is Sydney’s monthly 1920s speakeasy party.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters kick off the night – Friday 19 February 6:45pm. TICKETS

Feast, dance and play at the ultimate 1920s dinner party.

“A night of glamour, food, drinks and entertainment…. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.” – Broadsheet

It’s the roaring 20s and prohibition has cleared the city. WAIT…! There are whispers… down a dark alley, hidden inside a long closed bank building lives a jumpin’ juke joint.

It’s as hot as one of Gatsby’s Parties, it’s The Gin Mill Social!

A fine dining setting with a banquet style menu, the fun never stops as live swing musicians play all night long and the flappers are dancing, vaudeville performers pop up to entertain when you are least expecting it.
The 1920s is living and breathing.
Dress code: guys in ties, girls in pearls.

“It’s like Gold Class on steroids!” – Weekendnotes


Private event to launch the 2016 Law Term
SAT 6 FEB  7:30 – 11pm  
Great Art Deco Ball.
Carrington Hotel,
47 Katoomba St, Katoomba
Includes a three course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp.
TICKETS only available through reception (02) 4782 1111THURS 11 FEB  
Private concert with history of early jazz in NYC themeTHURS 13 FEB  
Private Anniversary celebration in the Southern HighlandsFRI 19 FEB  6:45pm  Gin Mill Social.
Slide Cabaret 41 Oxford St Surry Hills. TICKETS

WED 24 FEB  4th Album Recording


SUN 20 MAR  12:30pm
Jazz At The Pines, Dural


FRI 25 MAR – SUN 27 MAR  
Waiheke Jazz Festival Auckland NZ

FRI 29 APR  7pm  Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters with Pal Joey Movie (1957) Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Bookings 4382 1777 TICKETS

SAT 30 APR  3:30pm  Illawarra Jazz Festival, Corrimal Hotel, Corrimal

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