2017 Art Deco Ball – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Saturday 4th February, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played to a full house of dancers dressed 1920s-style at the annual Great Art Deco Ball of the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba.

2017 was Greg Poppleton’s sixth year in a row at the premier event of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival.
Tickets were sold out almost as soon as they went on sale (by telephone call to the hotel reception only) in mid-2016.

Every guest was dressed to the nines in their best 1920s finery. In fact, everyone absolutely dazzled.

The winners of the best dressed were positively outstanding.

The Charleston-off in the middle of the night gave the full dance floor a solid workout.

 

I took some photos of the band and a couple of shots of the dancing crowd from the bandstand. I hope you enjoy them…

 

Vintage Squad dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Great Art Deco Ball

Vintage Squad dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the Great Art Deco Ball

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. In his Bakelite Broadcasters band are world-touring musicians Geoff Power on cornet doubling sousaphone (11 US tours) Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo (3 US tours) and Jim Elliot bass and alto saxophones plus clarinet (9 US tours).

We saw lots of old friends on the bandstand and made lots of new friends at the Great Art Deco Ball, too.

Manfie and George on the dance floor

Manfie and George on the dance floor

Many commented on the excellent acoustic sound of the band this year. That was all due to the magician of the sound desk, drummer, singer and Conservatorium of Music graduate, Tony Jex.

Tony is also the man to contact to have Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at your 1920s – 1930s themed event. We play for weddings, parties and corporates, too.
Tony: (+61) 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | tony@ozmanagement.com

Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, snaps a selfie while Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play At Sundown.

Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, snaps a selfie while Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play At Sundown.

 

Geoff Power solos on the cornet

Geoff Power solos on the cornet.

 

Geoff Power gets that real 1920s dancing beat on the sousaphone.

Geoff Power gets that real 1920s dancing beat on the sousaphone.

 

Grahame Conlon plays banjo on Carolina In The Morning

Grahame Conlon plays banjo on Carolina In The Morning

 

Grahame Conlon on the same Spanish guitar he used on the band's album, Back In Your Own Backyard, playing Sweet Lorraine.

Grahame Conlon on the same Spanish guitar he used on the band’s album, Back In Your Own Backyard, playing Sweet Lorraine.

 

Jim Elliot is Sydney's undisputed master of the bass saxophone. He also plays beautifully authentic 1920s melodies on the alto sax and clarinet in Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Jim Elliot is Sydney’s undisputed master of the bass saxophone. He also plays beautifully authentic 1920s melodies on the alto sax and clarinet in Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters look forward to playing at the Carrington Hotel’s 2018 Great Art Deco Ball in Katoomba.

Pleasecheck where Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is playing next on the band’s website.

Great Art Deco Ball – 4 Times In A Row For Greg Poppleton and his 1920s Music


Saturday 6 Feb 2016 is the highlight of the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival – The Carrington Hotel’s Great Art Deco Ball.

And 2016 is the fourth year in a row that Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters have been invited to play for dancers at the Ball – making the Ball so popular you can only get tickets by phoning hotel reception 02 4782 1111.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. The Bakelite Broadcasters are all world-touring vintage jazz specialists. We create the real 1920s atmosphere and real 1920s music you can dance to.

So Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters and the Carrington’s Great Art Deco Ball are a perfect fit.

The proof is that every year the Ball gets bigger audiences, through word-of-mouth, and every year Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters always fill the dance floor.

That’s why we’re always invited back to play for the Great Art Deco Ball.

The historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba

The historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba

The Carrington Hotel has a long and rich history since her establishment by Sydney hotelier Harry Rowell more than one hundred and thirty years ago.

Opened in 1883 as The Great Western, this Grand Old Lady soon became a popular mountain retreat for international visitors, the elite of Sydney, and those eager to see the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains.

Renamed ‘The Carrington’ in 1886, in honour of the then Governor of New South Wales, Lord Carrington, the hotel was extended by its new owner, Mr F C Goyder who is credited with the creation of The Grand Dining Room.  With its extended and upgraded facilities, The Carrington gained even more acceptance as a world class establishment.

Have you got your ticket to the 2016 Great Art Deco Ball, yet? Includes 3 course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp Tickets now through reception on (02) 4782 1111

Here are some photos from over the years.

In 2013, the Great Art Deco Ball combined with Blue Mountains Tourism to book the big 11-piece 1920s Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters orchestra, also known as The Lounge Bar Lotharios

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

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 - 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

Then in 2014, Greg Poppleton was asked to return with the compact Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters featuring Australian jazz festival headliners Paul Furniss on reeds, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Chuck Morgan guitar, banjo and ukelele and Lawrie Thompson on drums. David Hill took the photos…

Having fun with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at The Great Art Deco Ball

Having fun with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at The Great Art Deco Ball

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the 1920s Art Deco Ball Katoomba. Photo by David Hill

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the 1920s Art Deco Ball Katoomba. Photo by David Hill

Marella and Paul. some of the best dressed at the Great Art Deco Festival

Marella and Paul. some of the best dressed at the Great Art Deco Festival

Greg Poppleton, genuine 1920s megaphone

Greg Poppleton, genuine 1920s megaphone

Geoff Power (tp) Paul Furniss (cl) in Greg Poppleton's Bakelite Broadcasters at the 2014 Great Art Deco Ball.

Geoff Power (tp) Paul Furniss (cl) in Greg Poppleton’s Bakelite Broadcasters at the 2014 Great Art Deco Ball.

Full dance floor. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is Sydney's only authentic 1920s singer and band

Full dance floor. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is Sydney’s only authentic 1920s singer and band

Having a wonderful time with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Having a wonderful time with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

2015 was the biggest Great Art Deco Ball so far. Again, the dance floor was constantly full, dancing to the authentic 1920s music sung and played by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer at the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball. In the background, Geoff Power (tp) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) and the bell of Jim Elliot's big bass saxophone.

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer at the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball. In the background, Geoff Power (tp) Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) and the bell of Jim Elliot’s big bass saxophone.

You can see Geoff Power's silver sousaphone next to Grahame Conlon on banjo in theis picture from the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball. Jim Elliot in the foreground is playing the big bass sax.

You can see Geoff Power’s silver sousaphone next to Grahame Conlon on banjo in theis picture from the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball. Jim Elliot in the foreground is playing the big bass sax.

Dancing to the authentic 1920s vocals and music by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Dancing to the authentic 1920s vocals and music by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Great Art Deco Ball

Great Art Deco Ball 2015 – the dance floor is full.

The 2016 Great Art Deco Ball is now going to be even bigger!

With the same Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters as in 2015 for your 1920s listening and dancing pleasure: Greg Poppleton Australia’s only authentic 1920s singer, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone, Chuck Morgan guitar, banjo and uke, Jim Elliot clarinet, alto sax and bass sax.

Do you have your tickets, yet? They’re selling fast!

Great Art Deco Ball, 7pm 6 February 2016, Carrington Hotel Katoomba. Includes 3 course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp Tickets now through reception on (02) 4782 1111