It’s always a pleasure to be invited back to The Basement in Wollongong to sing the songs of the 1920s – 1930s with my band – Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.
We turn the intimate cellar into a speakeasy with authentic 1920s – 30s vocals and songs.
We introduced some new old songs to the repertoire for The Basement in the Wollongong Builders Club, including The Continental (as sung by Ginger Rogers), My Canary Has Circle Under His Eyes (as sing by Marion Harris) and Singing In The Bathtub (as sing by Winnie Lightner).
I took some photos for you.
We’re playing next at Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, Saturday 11 November, 2 – 5pm. FREE!
With Greg Poppleton, our dance partners SwingKatz gave an exciting, acrobatic swing dance exhibition, dancing to three songs by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters – Exactly Like You, Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue and Walkin’ My Baby back Home.
SwingKatz were also commissioned to give staff members six weeks of dance lessons leading up to the event to practice some mass choreographic routines which were a highlight of the night.
In the six-piece Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters speakeasy band for the Roaring 20s party were: Greg Poppleton (1920s vocals) Paul Furniss (clarinet and alto sax) Al Davey (trumpet and trombone) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Greg Chilcott (sousaphone) and Ian Bloxsom (drums).
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’
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! MADONNA 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).
WHAT’S ON IN MAY?
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… GIN MILL SOCIAL
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 PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW
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. WHAT HAPPENED IN APRIL?
PENRITH RSL 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