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.
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancers took the chance to dance to Somebody Loves Me
On the way home, I snapped the same green steam train chugging through Redfern Station
Steam train waiting at Central for the Transport Heritage Expo
Grahame Conlon, guitar
Geoff Power, playing Sunday on cornet
Greg Poppleton 1920s – 30s singer leads his trio: Geoff Power sousaphone and cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar, Adam Barnard washboard and snare
Children love dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s-30s music. lots of high fives.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 TICKETS
FEBRUARY GIG GUIDE + 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
THURS 4 FEB
Private event to launch the 2016 Law TermSAT 6 FEB 7:30 – 11pm Great Art Deco Ball.
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
MARCH AND APRIL SHOWS FOR YOUR DIARY…
SUN 20 MAR 12:30pm
Jazz At The Pines, Dural TICKETS
FRI 25 MAR – SUN 27 MAR Waiheke Jazz Festival Auckland NZ TICKETS
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 TICKETS
PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW
Your non-stop mix of Swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton.
See the play lists at Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge Blog Tuesdays 12pm 107.3 2SER Sydney Thursdays 11am 88.5 2RRR Gladesville Sundays 5pm 107.3 2SER Sydney Sundays 7pm ArtSoundFM 1ART 90.3 and 92.7 Canberra Plus 20 other stations across AustraliaWINNER – ArtSoundFM Canberra – ‘Best Community Radio Network Programme 2015’
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters entertained at the Carrington Hotel Katoomba’sNew Years Eve Hollywood Party. See the photos below…
We’re back at the Carrington, for the fourth year in a row, stomping off at 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.
Wollongong! We’ll see you at The Basement, Builders Club, 61 Church St, 2:30pm SUN 10 JAN. FREE!
The first Gin Mill Social for 2016! It’s the 1920s at Slide Cabaret, 41 Oxford St Surry Hills 6:45pm FRI 22 JAN. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters kick off the night. TICKETS
JANUARY GIG GUIDE + 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
SUN 10 JAN 2:30 – 5:30pm
Wollongong Master Builders Club,
61 Church St Wollongong. FREEFRI 22 JAN 6:45pm Gin Mill Social.
Slide Cabaret 41 Oxford St Surry Hills. TICKETS
SAT 6 FEB 7 – 11pm Great Art Deco Ball.
47 Katoomba St, Katoomba
Includes a three course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp. Tickets available through reception (02) 4782 1111
FUTURE HIGHLIGHTS 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 GP & the BBs + Pal Joey (1957) Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Bookings 4382 1777
PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW
Swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton. Tuesdays 12pm 107.3 2SER Sydney Thursdays 11am 88.5 2RRR Gladesville Sundays 5pm 107.3 2SER Sydney Sundays 7pm ArtSoundFM 1ART 90.3 and 92.7 Canberra Plus 20 other stations across Australia.
NEW YEARS EVE PHOTOS…1930s Hollywood Party with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. We’ll be back at the Carrington for the Great Art Deco Ball on Sat 6 Feb! Have you booked? 02 4782 1111
To book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your wedding, corporate event and party, please call the always helpful Tony Jex…