Beautiful Seacliff Wedding in Gerringong


Greg Poppleton and his jazz deco 1920s-30s quartet had the great honour of being part of Marguerite and Andrew’s beautiful wedding reception at Seacliff in Gerringong.

It was especially touching to sing their especially meaningful requested song,  ‘At Last’, as they made their entrance into the reception to family and friends.

Marguerite and Andrew chose the Greg Poppleton jazz deco quartet to play for their 1920s styled reception. And as the photographer said to me, “live music, well played, really lifts the vibe at a wedding. You can feel it.”

Greg poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet
Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet

The Greg Poppleton band played 1920s instrumentals until dinner. Then Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer serenaded the party with songs from the Jazz Age.

Marguerite and Andrew asked Greg to sing, ‘At Last’, for when they entered the reception to huge whistles and applause.

“At last, my love has come along.
My lonely days are over, and life is like a song…”

‘At Last’ was introduced by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade.  Etta James later recorded the most famous version. Beyonce has also sung it in an Etta James tribute.

In Greg Poppleton’s jazz deco quartet were:
– Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer
– Geoff Power, trumpet and sousaphone
– Dr Mark Pinner, clarinet, alto sax and baritone sax
– Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo

The reception was held in the romantic Seacliff barn, overlooking Weeri Lagoon. Looking at Werri brought back happy memories for me of walking there from Kiama during a recent holiday with my family.

Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn
Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn

For those of you familiar with the NSW Southcoast, Seacliff is the stunning white farmhouse just at the Princes Highway turnoff into Gerringong.

Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW
Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries:
Email: tony@ozmanagement.com   |   0407 941 263
Web: gregpoppletonmusic.com

 

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1920s Soiree


The client is holding a series of parties celebrating the music most associated with the ten decades of the 20th Century.

Who to book for their 1920s soiree to ensure it’s a success?

The band they chose to entertain and represent that roaring decade was Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, because…

Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree
Greg Poppleton 1920s microphone at 1920s soiree

IMPRESSED

Greg Poppleton brought along his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians. Their authentic, swinging style certainly impressed – and won over a lot of people who had never heard 1920s jazz before.

The smiles, the spontaneous  little dances here and there, all those who stopped to intently listen, and the nice people who came up to compliment the band after each set, told me that the band was fulfilling its brief.

Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer

THE BRIEF

To provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.

SOUND

So the music was low, yet energetic. People could talk easily and come and go as they please. The owner of the bar and restaurant next to the courtyard thanking us as both he and we packed up said it all.

The band was largely acoustic with two 100W speakers for the vocals and banjo, mixed wirelessly via ipad. Guitar and double bass used a small amp each and the clarinet and alto sax did not need to be mic’d at all to be heard clearly.

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Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo / Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer / Dave Clayton double bass obscured / Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.
Greg Poppleton jazz deco band. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo / Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s singer / Dave Clayton double bass obscured / Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.

Photos from a Wedding in the Garden


The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s trio played for a wedding in the garden at Hopewood House, Bowral.

The thunder rumbled but the rain stayed away for a beautiful ceremony and reception.

Greg Poppleton serenaded guests with songs from the 1920s and 30s selected from the Greg Poppleton play list by the bride and groom. Songs chosen included Begin the Beguine, Cheek to Cheek and Falling in Love Again.

Greg Poppleton Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer

 

The Greg Poppleton trio at the wedding reception. Greg Poppleton with red 1920s megaphone and vintage microphone. Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

 

The Greg Poppleton duo playing the bride and groom's 1920s-30s jazz requests before the ceremony. Geoff Power trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar.
The Greg Poppleton duo playing the bride and groom’s 1920s-30s jazz requests before the ceremony. Geoff Power trumpet. Grahame Conlon guitar.

 

The view of the garden reception from the vintage 1920s microphone. Geoff Power trumpet.
The view of the garden reception from the vintage 1920s microphone. Geoff Power trumpet.

 

A Tim Storrier sculpture in the gardens
A Tim Storrier sculpture in the gardens

Band Website: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Bookings: tony@ozmanagement.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Show, Corrimal Hotel 7 October – Illawarra Jazz Club


Every Saturday, the Illawarra Jazz Club in Wollongong, hosts a jazz band at the Corrimal Hotel on the Princes Highway in Corrimal.

Greg Poppleton and band were invited to play on Saturday 7 October.

The brief was to use as many outstanding young players as possible in a 1920s – 30s quartet who could play in the style.

So the band featured Damon Poppleton (14) on alto sax, Michael Brady (22) on guitarlele and banjo, Jim Elliott bass sax, Adam Barnard on snare, bells, splash cymbal and washboard, and myself singing the songs of the Jazz Age and Swing Era.

What a fun afternoon. It was full house from 3:30 till the show’s end at 6:30pm. And the Jazz Club told me it was the largest turnout in some months.

 

Have us at your place! Visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com.

Adam Barnard on washboard
Adam Barnard on washboard
Damon Poppleton, alto sax
Damon Poppleton, alto sax
Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing
Dancing to Greg Poppleton’s 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing
Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo
Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer
The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel
The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel
Jim Elliott, bass sax
Jim Elliott, bass sax

Have us at your place! For bookings, visit the band website, www.gregpoppletonmusic.com.

30 June Gin Mill Social Photos


The Greg Poppleton 1920s trio:
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s vocals
Geoff Power – sousaphone doubling trumpet
Paul Baker – banjo
opened the first Gin Mill Social in its new location Cellos, Level 4, Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney.

The first night was fantastic. In fact, the next show, Saturday 29 July is already sold out!

I’m sure there’ll be more shows in August and September. Check the Greg Poppleton gig guide for dates

As always, some action snaps from the 30 June Gin Mill Social.

BUT FIRST…

Your next chance to see Greg Poppleton and band is at
SWING NIGHT with GREG POPPLETON
Django Bar, Marrickville Rd and Railway Parade, Marrickville

Step up for a night of Swing Music and Dance. Australia’s only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, his swing trio, and the ‘All About Swing’ swing dancers. We will transport you to a 1920s-30s dance hall.

TICKETS
$17 pre, $20 door | 6pm doors, 8pm show.
Book now https://www.stickytickets.com.au/54798
Delicious food (including pizza!) available.
Fully licensed – NO BYO
Limited table bookings for groups of 8 or more only are available – email us for table reservations AFTER you have prebooked.
Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix!
All ages welcome (but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Book now https://www.stickytickets.com.au/54798

30 June Gin Mill Photos:

Greg Poppleton’s authentic 1920s Trio. Greg Poppleton vocals, Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Paul Baker banjo.
Missy the fandancer with Finhead
Missy the fandancer with Finhead
Finhead juggles knives while balancing an axe
Finhead juggles knives while balancing an axe
Geoff Power in Greg Poppleton's band. The sousaphone weighs 21 kg
Geoff Power in Greg Poppleton’s band. The sousaphone weighs 21 kg
Gin Mill Social MC Sheba.
Gin Mill Social MC Sheba.
A kiss in the evening
A kiss in the evening
The four course menu inspired by Gatsby era hotel cuisine
The four course menu inspired by Gatsby era hotel cuisine
Missy strikes a pose
Missy strikes a pose
It's a raid. Well it is Prohibition.
It’s a raid. Well it is Prohibition.
Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s - 1930s singer. Operatically trained, I don't need a microphone to be heard in a large room.
Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s – 1930s singer. Operatically trained, I don’t need a microphone to be heard in a large room.
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer, serenading a table of flappers.
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer, serenading a table of flappers.
Greg Poppleton with his megaphone croons 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love'.
Greg Poppleton with his megaphone croons ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’.

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