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

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’

Gig Guide – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Would you like to see a Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters show?
Would you like to see a 1920s Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, show?

Oct 24: Gin Mill 1920s Social, Slide. 7pm. $99 includes dinner and lots more entertainment.

Oct 29: Soda Factory Prohibition 1925 Speakeasy Soiree. Band from 7:30pm.

Nov 7: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free

Nov 9: Riverbend Restaurant. Wisemans Ferry. 12 noon. $49 includes lunch.

Nov 12: Bondi Pavilion-Lunch Concert. Duo. Free.

Nov 14: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free

Nov 15: Penrith RSL. 8 Tindale St Penrith, 2pm. Free

Nov 16: Spring Into Jazz, St Leonards Park, North Sydney. 1920s Orchestra – The Lounge Bar Lotharios. Free. Bring a picnic!

Nov 21: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free

Nov 28: Gin Mill Social, Rocks Village Bizarre The Rocks. 6:30pm Free

Dec 6: Fairfield Museum, Horsley Drive, Smithfield. TBA

Dec 14: St George Leagues Club. 3pm. Sunday Jazz. Free

Dec 18: Gin Mill 1920s Social, Slide. 7pm. $99 includes dinner and lots more entertainment.

Dec 20: Wedding – Surry Hills

Dec 28: Sydney Rowing Club Jazz. Jazz On The deck. 3pm. Free

Feb 7: Art Deco Ball Carrington Hotel Katoomba.

Feb 15: Jazz In The Pines, Dural. The Pines historic property. 656 Old Northern Road. $14 / $12 concession / $28 family

Feb 20: Gin Mill 1920s Social, Slide. 7pm. $99 includes dinner and lots more entertainment.

Feb 28: Penrith RSL. 8 Tindale St Penrith, 2pm. Free

THE LOUNGE BAR LOTHARIOS – 1920s Dance Orchestra


May Newsletter – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

May Greetings To You, Bakelite Broadcasters,
Thank you for coming to our April Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters shows.

We very much enjoyed playing for you at the 1920s theme Gin Mill Social at Slide on Oxford St, 25th April. We’re back there 7pm Friday 16 May.

And we always have a great time playing for our friends at Penrith RSL, which we did on April 26th for Saturday afternoon Jazz. We’ll be back at Penrith RSL, 2pm, Saturday 28th June – Free!
A live video of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters playing for the Sydney Jazz Club last year was accepted into Madonna’s ArtIsFreedom ‘curation’.

In this live clip, the Bakelite Broadcasters include Greg Poppleton (voc) Paul Furniss (clarinet) Al Davey (trombone) Grahame Conlon (banjo) Geoff Power (sousaphone) Lawrie Thompson (drums).


Fri 9 May. 7pm
 – 1st Floor, Charlotte St Ashfield near Ashfield train station. FREE
I’ll be singing with Dennis Quinlan’s Bridge City Jazz Band and Al Davey from Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters 

Sat 10 May. 7pm
 – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Trio will be playing the songs of the 1920s for a 20s themed corporate function. The line-up will be just the same as for Slide below…
Fri. 16 May. 7pm
 – Slide, 41 Oxford St Darlinghurst. 
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (Greg Poppleton (voc) Geoff Power (sousaphone and trumpet) Chuck Morgan (banjo and ukelele) open with a one hour set of high energy Roaring 20s jazz, followed by more live music, tap dancing, burlesque and juggling. Show finishes around midnight.
Find out more and Tickets
Tues. 6, 13, 20, 27 May. 
12 noon – 2pm.

107.3 2SER Sydney, online and digital radio.
Swing and jazz from live 1920s-1960s Radio and TV.
Listen on the day or hear past shows now.
Sun. 4, 11, 18, 25 May. 7pm.
ArtSoundFM Canberra.


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters opened the 5th Gin Mill Social for 2014 at Slide on Friday 25 April. I set the camera up to take a happy snap for you of the band in action…Greg Poppleton (voc) Geoff Power (tp and sousaphone) and Chuck Morgan (banjo and ukelele). 
See more pics on the Greg Poppleton Radio Lounge Blog

We got our name up in lights! We’ll be back (Greg Poppleton, Chuck Morgan (g) Darcy Wright (db) Bob Gillespie (d) on Saturday 28 June 2 – 5pm. Free. See more pics on the Greg Poppleton Radio Lounge Blog

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters http://www.bakelitejazz.com

We’d love to play for your wedding, corporate event and party
See you at a show in May,
All the best to you,

New Sydney 1920s Dance Orchestra Short Film

Here’s a YouTube short of the 1920s-style dance orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, which I hope you’ll enjoy for both the music and dancing.

The short was directed by Chicago-born, Sydney-based director, Justin Lane. It was filmed at a live concert by the orchestra at the Glen Street Theatre in Sydney.

The song is, ‘Breakaway’, or, ‘Let’s Do The Breakaway’, colloquially, written by Arthur Kay for the Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, a lost film.

The Lounge Bar Lotharios play the songs that made the Roaring 20s roar. And in its short existence the orchestra has already played some massive shows including the 1920s themed Gala Dance for the Centenary Celebrations of the Australian capital, Canberra.

The orchestra is lead by myself, Greg Poppleton (singer). The musical director, Geoff Power (gold trumpet), has toured the U.S. 9 times and recorded with Vince Giordano.

The dancers are the Sydney SwingKatz, lead by James Star.

I hope you enjoy Breakaway by The Lounge Bar Lotharios: ‘Let’s Do The Breakaway’. We play all events. Please contact us for your quote.

Greg Poppleton Poster Django Bar 23 May 2013

Do come to the Django Bar of the Camelot Lounge on Thursday 23 May for a night of toe-tappin’ 20’s croonin’ with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters. With Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone and Grahame Conlon tenor banjo. I’ll be singing. Please spread the word. Doors open at 6pm. Music at 8pm. Pizzas are the best in Sydney. Just whipped up a poster…

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters in the Django Bar
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters in the Django Bar

The Django Bar is on the corner of Marrickville Road and Railway Parade opposite Sydenham Station

Doin’ The Charleston Album

The latest independent release by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is pure 1920s in flavour and available on Bandcamp

With the same maverick spirit that produced ‘The Phantom Dancer’ (the sold-out first CD and the award-winning, national community radio show), ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the long-awaited second album from Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters

Recorded live-in-studio in just 5 hours, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the first document of Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters as a purely Roaring 20s Speakeasy 5-piece. There are more layers, more stylistic tangents than before, with a DNA recovered from the very bones of smoking, catchy, 1920s speakeasy pop. At the forefront is the undeniably authentic and unique Roaring 20s vocal style of Greg Poppleton

A pre-release spin of ‘Doin The Charleston’ at the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival had swing dancers crowding the dance floor

Greg Poppleton is very proud of the results, “For me, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners and promenade home”

Greg has expanded his 3.5 octave sonic palette with a long list of influences to forge his own sound. Heir to a tradition of finely-crafted, dramatic, confessional music that explores the ups and downs of life and love with a keenly-observed honesty that touches all who hear, Greg Poppleton is backed by what really is an all-star speakeasy band of world-touring jazz musicians…

Paul Furniss weaves shimmering, infectious, toe-tapping anthems using soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinet. Al Davey wails, growls and caresses on trumpet and trombone. He brings together the brightest elements and darkest undertones in a unique blend of unshackled two-beat. Grahame Conlon’s banjo demands attention weaving audacious fat chords around the pulsing, minimalist sousaphone loops of Rod Herbert and ARIA nominee Geoff Power and the chemically infused drum beats and bootleg hooch washboard laid down by Bell band legend, Lawrie Thompson

The quintet makes lullabies, lush dreamy vintage pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of hot, danceable jazz. Vocal hooks are inescapable, lush productions uncannily authentic to the Roaring 20s, as sophisticated and pristine as anything on a 78 disc. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’s’ 14 tracks (including a bonus alternate take on the soaring St James Infirmary) trace a unique aesthetic universe that is fully-crafted and fully-realised, deftly walking the lines between joyous exhilaration and otherworldly rapture, pleasure-centre pop and total self-possession

It has been described as the Temperance Seven meets’ Don Byron’s Bug Music

Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters’ is a universe that invites exploration and demands revisiting. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ is a journey from darkness to light, from anger to love, from chaos to order. Buy at Bandcamp, CD Baby and bakelitejazz.com

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Trio for a 30th Birthday at the ArtHouse
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Trio for a 30th Birthday at the ArtHouse

‘Doin’ The Charleston’ has been featured by Bob Rogers in a one hour special on the album over 2CH and the Macquarie Network, Sydney. It has also been CD of the Week on ArtSoundFM Canberra and Jazz Album of the Week on 5MBS Adelaide

Former jazz critic for The Australian newspaper, Kevin Jones, wrote about ‘Doin The Charleston’…

“Even in the 21st century, the music of the so-called jazz age (the Roaring Twenties) still holds a fascination for many, judging by the number of bands which play this style of music world-wide. The Bakelite Broadcasters, led by vocalist Greg Poppleton, keeps the 1920s’ flag flying in Sydney as this enjoyable disc, the second by the group, shows.

They are mostly pre-Swing Era songs written before Benny Goodman launched jazz’s most popular years at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on August 21, 1935 ranging from Paul Dresser’s My Gal Sal (1907) to Fats Wallers’ I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Lettter (1935) and include The Charleston (1923) and Sweet Lorraine and Button Up Your Overcoat (both written in 1928)
Listening to the 1929 recording by the Mound City Blue Blowers of I Ain’t Got Nobody and My Gal Sal shows the Broadcasters have captured the basic sound. Not surprising when you consider the group includes musicians of the calibre of Paul Furniss (reeds) Al Davey (trumpet and trombone) and Lawrie Thompson (drums and washboard) who show how well they have mastered the style. Grahame Conlon (tenor banjo) makes a mockery of those many banjo jokes with his rollicking solo on The Road To Gundagai. As for the leader, some may find his voice a little affected at times but he has captured that decade’s vocal style to perfection especially on Falling in Love Again sung in both English and German. As enjoyable as they are to listen to The Bakelite Broadcasters must be even better live.”