Singing 1920s Songs on The Highlander and The Hydro Express, Roaring 20s Festival


We took a trip on a train, and we thought about you.

Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February, Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s-30s singer, and Grahame Conlon guitar, serenaded passengers on two special historic train trips run by friends at the NSW Rail Museum.

And here am I, holding a contemplative show, thinking about you and the 1920s songs I’m about to sing. The location is the wooden 1920s guards van, the duo’s ‘green room’, in one of these historic trains…

SATURDAY – THE HIGHLANDER

The train on Saturday was The HIghlander, a 1950s diesel. Here it is at Bowral…

The Highlander took passengers to Bowral in the Southern Highlands for lunch.

Then, the train traveled along the scenic Unanderra-Moss Vale railway line, down the Illawarra escarpment and returned to Sydney via the South Coast and through the Royal National Park.

 

SUNDAY – THE HYDRO EXPRESS

On Sunday, the Hydro Express took party-goers on a scenic day trip to the Blue Mountains for High Tea at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel during the Roaring 20s Festival.

Here’s Grahame and I on The Hydro Express…

The Roaring 20s Festival is the festival where I’ve been singing for dancers with the band at the Great Art Deco Ball since 2012.

At Central Station, before heading up the mountains, I took this snap of The Hydro Express’  observation carriage…

And here was the view from the observation carriage as The Hydro Express pulled into Medlow Bath station in the mountain mist…

And a photo of myself and one of the passengers on the observation desk, showing off our 1920s double-breasted pinstripe suits!

Greg Poppleton and Hydro Express Train guest wearing double breasted pin-stripe suits

To book Greg Poppleton’s 1920s-30s band and orchestra for your event,
contact Tony Jex at OzManagement…
0407 941 263
info@ozmanagement.com

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2018 Great Art Deco Ball Photos


Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer and band, played the Great Art Deco Ball in the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, Saturday 3 February.

It’s the sixth year in a row Greg Poppleton has played the Great Art Deco Ball . Each year the Ball gets bigger and brighter.
And it sells out earlier each year, too, without online sales or advertising.
The 2018 Ball sold out in November 2017!
Many of our dancing friends from previous years were at the Great Art Deco Ball this year!

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The Great Art Deco Ball is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains Roaring 20s Festival.

Photos:

The Carrington Hotel forecourt the night of the Great Art Deco Ball
The Carrington Hotel forecourt the night of the Great Art Deco Ball

 

Inside the Carrington Hotel. The Grand Dining Room where the Art Deco Ball is held is through the archway on the left. The Billiard Room and Library are down the hall. The black and white photo hanging on the wall on the right is of an entertainment troupe at the hotel in 1906.
Inside the Carrington Hotel. The Grand Dining Room where the Art Deco Ball is held is through the archway on the left. The Billiard Room and Library are down the hall. The black and white photo hanging on the wall on the right is of an entertainment troupe at the hotel in 1906.

 

Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet in the Grand Dining Room for the Great Art Deco Ball. (L-r) Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Jim Elliot (alto and bass sax).
Greg Poppleton 1920s Quartet in the Grand Dining Room for the Great Art Deco Ball. (L-r) Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Greg Poppleton (1920s singer) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Jim Elliot (alto and bass sax).

 

Dancing to Greg Poppleton at the 2018 Great Art Deco Ball
Dancing to Greg Poppleton at the 2018 Great Art Deco Ball.

 

Greg Poppleton taking a selfie and being 'photo-bombed' by happy dancers.
Greg Poppleton taking a selfie and being ‘photo-bombed’ by happy dancers.

 

Grahame Conlon doubled Spanish guitar and banjo.
Grahame Conlon with the Greg Poppleton band doubled Spanish guitar and banjo.

 

Jim Elliott doubled bass and alto saxophones
Jim Elliott with Greg Poppleton’s band doubled bass and alto saxophones.

 

Geoff Power with Greg Poppleton's band doubled trumpet and sousaphone.
Geoff Power with Greg Poppleton’s band doubled trumpet and sousaphone.

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March Newsletter – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Hello Bakeliters,

24 March sees the band back at the Gin Mill Social.
The February show was sold-out.
So get your tickets now…
 TICKETS

PLUS we’re performing for a wedding and a harbour cruise.

And, of course, Greg spins a non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio 12.04pm every Tuesday on The Phantom Dancer, 107.3 2SER Sydney. (And over 22 other stations + online at 2ser.com)

Check the Tuesday 7 March play list

Listen to the 7 February show online here

Need Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s-30s themed event?
Call Tony 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263  |  tony@ozmanagement.com

 

FEBRUARY PHOTOS…

1. THE GREAT ART DECO BALL
Blue Mountains 1920s Festival


Full House


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Great Art Deco Ball. Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and megaphone, Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet, Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar, Jim Elliot bass saxophone, alto sax and clarinet.
Sound: Oz Management Entertainment

2. GIN MILL SOCIAL  TICKETS FOR 24 MARCH SHOW
41 Oxford St, Surry Hills
Feast, dance and play at the ultimate 1920’s dinner party.

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

Paul Baker, banjo with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Dine and dance at the Gin Mill Social

3. JAZZ AT THE PINES  
We’re back Sunday 18 March 2018!


Ian Baker – Tubaman!

4. ‘COTTON CLUB THEME NIGHT’ – RAISING DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS


Greg Poppleton singing with Lawrie Thompson on the washboard and Geoff Power sousaphone.


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at ‘Cotton Club’ themed school fundraiser. Lawrie Thompson drums, Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, Geoff Power sousaphone and cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Paul Furniss alto and soprano saxophones plus clarinet.
Sound: Oz Management Entertainment

Need Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s-30s themed event?
Call Tony 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263  |  tony@ozmanagement.com

1930s Speakeasy


Sunday night, 26 July, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters were privileged to entertain with jazz from the 1920s and 1930s at Beyond Vintage in Leura.

Your host, Sam, at Beyond Vintage specialises in wine consultancy and wine list development, with a focus on wine education and hospitality training. Beyond Vintage also conducts tastings for private enthusiasts, corporate tastings and special events. Beyond Vintage offers a range of other wine-related services to ensure our clients’ needs are well catered, including wine investment and procurement.
From the vine, to your table we will assist you in taking the journey toward an ever deepening appreciation of wine, its history, the ‘terroir’ (sense of place) and its potential.

For the 1930s Speakeasy there was an excellent dinner menu. I had the poached pears and walnut salad – yum!!! Geoff had the lamb skewers – brilliant. And Chuck ordered the wagyu beef – mouth-watering.

Especially for the Speakeasy night, the cocktail menu included ‘The Speakeasy’, ‘Gimlet’ and a whole range of vintage 30s cocktails.

No wonder all the guests had such a wonderful time inside the warm, cosy bar, merry with a dazzling array of fine wines from around the world, good food, hot jazz by world-touring musicians and charming company. The temperature dived below freezing outside but no-one cared. (There were even a few flakes of snow as I got off the train before the show.)

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s singer. Geoff Power is an ARIA nominated trumpet player who also plays his hot 1921 vintage sousaphone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters. Chuck Morgan is also part of the world-touring Janet Seidel Trio and played guitar, banjo and his 1927 vintage ukelele.

Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer, at Beyond Vintage's 1930s Speakeasy, with Romana, who was awarded the best dressed for the night with her exquisite hat.
Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s singer, at Beyond Vintage’s 1930s Speakeasy, with Romana, who was awarded the best dressed for the night with her exquisite hat.
Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters - Geoff Power (sousaphone and trumpet), Chuck Morgan (guitar, banjo and ukelele).
Greg Poppleton Bakelite Broadcasters – Geoff Power (sousaphone and trumpet), Chuck Morgan (guitar, banjo and ukelele).

Book Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your wedding, corporate event and party. We are the 1920s – 1930s jazz swing specialists with Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer.

Photos From The 2015 Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba


For the third year running, it was a great thrill and honour for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters to be invited back to play the Carrington Hotel’s annual Great Art Deco Ball. Photos…

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only absolutely authentic 1920s singer. And the Bakelite Broadcasters are all world-touring classic jazz, Roaring ’20s musicians…

An on-stage selfie. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Greg Poppleton singer (white bow tie) Grahame Conlon banjo, Geoff Power trumpet (also sousaphone) Jim Elliott (behind Greg) bass sax, alto sax, clarinet.
An on-stage selfie. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Greg Poppleton singer (white bow tie) Grahame Conlon banjo, Geoff Power trumpet (also sousaphone) Jim Elliott (behind Greg) bass sax, alto sax, clarinet.

In the opinion of some hotel guests we are the best band ever to play at The Carrington. That’s high praise, indeed.

The Great Art Deco Ball is the peak event in the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival. This year’s Great Art Deco Ball was again sold out. Many guests came especially to see and dance to red hot 1920s dance band Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters cut loose in their natural habitat…

Here's what playing to a Grand Ball Room full of swirling, swinging, dancers looks like from the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters' stage.
Here’s what playing to a Grand Ball Room full of swirling, swinging, dancers looks like from the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters’ stage.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Sydney’s most authentic and swing 1920s – 1930s small group are:

Greg Poppleton – singer (and film / TV actor),
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone,
Grahame Conlon – banjo and guitar,
Jim Elliott – bass saxophone, alto saxophone and clarinet.

The Grand Dining Room of the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Dancers fill the room as Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play. (Photo taken from the bandstand)
The Grand Dining Room of the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Dancers fill the room as Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play. (Photo taken from the bandstand)

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for all occasions – trio to 11-piece 1920s Orchestra.
We are the resident 1920s trio at Slide Cabaret’s Gin Mill Social. We also play regularly at Penrith and Cronulla RSLs, Sydney Rowers, Jazz At The Pines and more.

There's Jim Elliott playing the big bass saxophone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, 2015 great Art Deco Ball. Geoff Power solos on trumpet. Grahame Conlon is playing banjo.
There’s Jim Elliott playing the big bass saxophone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, 2015 great Art Deco Ball. Geoff Power solos on trumpet. Grahame Conlon is playing banjo.

Tony is the man to help you with all enquiries. T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

PS: You can check out Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters photos from,
2014 Great Art Deco Ball
2013 Great Art Deco Ball (the 1920s Orchestra)

More 1920s Orchestra Photos At Tourism Awards


Here are some more photos of Sydney’s only authentic 1920s Orchestra for you, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, at the Blue Mountains Tourism Awards, Friday 9 Aug. These photos are by David Hill.

The instant The Lounge Bar Lotharios play is like being transported back in time to a Great Gatsby party. World-acclaimed 1920s dance band singer, Greg Poppleton, is undeniably the absolute authentic singer of songs that made the Roaring 20s roar. ARIA nominated Lotharios maestro, Geoff Power, conducts 10 world-touring vintage jazz specialists – three hotcha horns, three sinful saxes and clarinets, piano, banjo, sousaphone and drums – all played to art deco perfection. With an extensive library of vintage 1920s dance band arrangements like Me And Jane In A Plane and The Charleston, The Lounge Bar Lotharios are the bees knees! And we can add Sydney’s best 1920s dancers. They’ll dazzle you with some fine hoofing and even teach you The Charleston. (It’s easy!). Enquire now

Greg Poppleton - Sydney's only authentic 1920s singer with The Lounge Bar Lotharios
Greg Poppleton – Sydney’s only authentic 1920s singer with The Lounge Bar Lotharios

“Greg Poppleton captures that decade’s [1920] vocal style to perfection,”
Kevin Jones, 102.5FM Fine Music Sydney. Jazz Critic, The Australian

The photos were taken by David Hill, a personal hero. His Wikipedia entry says of him,
“He has been chief executive and director of the State Rail Authority of New South Wales, chairman and managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, head of Soccer Australia, head of Sydney Water, director of the Australian National Airlines Commission and Chairman of CREATE, a national organisation responsible for representing the interests of young people and children in institutional care. A former North Sydney rugby league junior, Hill was president of the North Sydney Bears Rugby League Football Club between 1989 and 1992. He was instrumental in the eventual ban on cigarette sponsorship of the game.” Every organisation David Hill has headed, he has reinvigorated and changed for the better, in my humble opinion.

Dancers silhouetted as The Lounge Bar Lotharios play
Dancers silhouetted as The Lounge Bar Lotharios play
Grahame Conlon banjo, Rod Herbert sousaphone, Tony Gardner piano in the foreground in The Lounge Bar Lotharios
Grahame Conlon banjo, Rod Herbert sousaphone, Tony Gardner piano in the foreground in The Lounge Bar Lotharios. That’s Ben Gurton in the background taking a trombone solo
The reed section, Alan Solomon, Ron Nairn, David Horniblow and the horn section, Ben Gurton trombone (out of shot) Geoff Power trumpet and music director, Al Davey trumpet
The reed section, Alan Solomon, Ron Nairn, David Horniblow and the horn section, Ben Gurton trombone (out of shot) Geoff Power trumpet and music director, Al Davey trumpet, Alex Inman-Hislop drums

Do you want The Lounge Bar Lotharios to play for you? Come to the booking page.

Great Art Deco Ball – Carrington Hotel Katoomba, 23 Feb 2013


NEWSFLASH 9 Nov 2013 – Greg Poppleton will be back for the 2014 Art Deco Ball at The Carrington with the Bakelite Broadcasters, 1st Feb 2014. Check The Carrington website for bookings It’s the one of the big social nights in the Blue Mountains calendar – the annual Art Deco Ball in the Grand Dining Room of the iconic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. And this year, Sydney’s 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios, featuring Sydney’s only authentic 1920s singer, were providing the Roaring 20s music Have you enjoyed all the recent 1920s shows on TV? Boardwalk Empire, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Miss Marple and Underbelly Razor? And the 1920s songs? Great, aren’t they? And with Baz Luhrmann’s mid-2013 release of The Great Gatsby creating lots of 1920s buzz in Sydney, there’s now a hot new authentic 1920s Great Gatsby Dance Orchestra in Sydney, staffed by world-touring 1920s jazz specialists, ready to play the music that made the Roaring 20s roar – The Lounge Bar Lotharios

Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, with The Lounge Bar Lotharios, 1920s Art Deco Ball 2013, Katoomba. Photo by Brad Bridger
Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, with The Lounge Bar Lotharios, 1920s Art Deco Ball 2013, Katoomba. Photo by Brad Bridger

The Lounge Bar Lotharios take you on a trip. They’re like a time machine. In a single moment you’ll find yourself in a Roaring 20s Great Gatsby speakeasy where time stands still. Just you, hundreds of your fellow flappers and dappers, and the hot dance music that made the Roaring 1920s roar…

Dancing to The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the 2013 Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
Dancing to The Lounge Bar Lotharios at the 2013 Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba

The Lounge Bar Lotharios‘ ARIA nominated, world-touring musical director Geoff Power conducts three hotcha horns, three sinful saxes (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxes plus clarinets), piano (or keyboard), banjo, sousaphone, drums and Sydney’s amazingly authentic 1920s dance band singer, Greg Poppleton The Lounge Bar Lotharios play original 1920s arrangements of Jazz Age Flapper favourites like ‘Me And Jane In A Plane’, ‘Kansas City Kitty’, ‘Let’s Misbehave’, ‘Do The Breakaway’ and more

The Lounge Bar Lotharios - Sydney's 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra at the 2013 Art Deco Ball
The Lounge Bar Lotharios – Sydney’s 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra at the 2013 Art Deco Ball

The Lounge Bar Lotharios 1920s Dance Orchestra are all world-touring 1920s vintage jazz musicians and band leaders, they include… Geoff Power, Al Davey (tp), Ben Gurton (tb), Paul Furniss ‘(regarded as one of Australia’s best jazz musicians’ (Wiki) ss, as, ts, cl), Ron Nairn (as, ts, bs, cl), Alan Solomon (as, ts, cl), Dave MacRae (p), Grahame Conlon (banjo), Rod Herbert (sousaphone), Lawrie Thompson (drums) Greg Poppleton (1920s singer)

Greg Poppleton, is Sydney’s only authentic, world-renowned, 1920s dance band singer Greg entertains. Operatically trained with a 3.5 octave range by the same New York nightclub owner, opera singer and jazz enterpreneur who discovered Bette Midler, Greg is a film and TV actor (Chronicles of Narnia, Moulin Rouge, Underbelly and more) and an award-winning, national vintage jazz broadcaster heard on over thirty radio stations across Australia every week.

 Lotharios‘ Musical Director, Geoff Power, is a world-renowned, ARIA-nominated, Australian 1920s jazz trumpeter and trombonist and festival headliner Geoff has appeared at many jazz festivals and clubs around Australia, often as the festival headliner or featured artist He has toured the US 9 times, played jazz festivals and clubs in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the US including the Bix Beidebecke Festival, recorded a CD in New Jersey with leading NYC musicians including Vince Giordano, and played with many leading US musicians.

We look forward to bringing the Roaring 20s to you just like we have in 2012 – 2013 for the Canberra Centenary Roaring 20s BallGreat Art Deco Ball Katoomba 2013Glen Street Jazz Festival 20132012 Winter Ball LeuraBlue Mountains Tourism Awards 2012 & 2013Canberra Southern Cross Jazz ClubMoocooboola Festival 2012Penrith RSLSydney Jazz Club Annual Ball 2012. To ask about having Sydney’s 1920s Great Gatsby Dance Orchestra – The Lounge Bar Lotharios – at your event, contact me, Greg, via The Lounge Bar Lotharios’ website: www.1920sorchestra.com.au