Swing Dancers and Children Dancing


Greg Poppleton sang with his 1920s-1930s trio at the unusual music venue, Central Station, every day of the June Long Weekend for the Transport Heritage Expo.

The band drew a big semi-circle of onlookers at a location people normally rush through to catch their train.

At one point in the second set, I spied a group of six dressed in fine vintage fashion, hesitating outside the semi circle of onlookers.

When I called out to them that they might want to dance to the next song, Somebody Loves Me, it turned out they were swing dancers!

So I took some snaps as they took to the terrazzo to swirl and twirl to the band’s swinging authentic 1920s – 1930s swing.

After the gig, my agent, Tony Jex, from OzManagement, texted me this nice message from a person who was in the audience,

“Greg, thanks for the dedication of Avalon today. By the way, On The Sunny Side of the Street is my funeral song and always gets me teary. Thanks again,” Craig and Baby Steven.

In the Greg Poppleton band:
Greg Poppleton – Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer
Geoff Power – sousaphone and trumpet
Grahame Conlon – guitar
Adam Barnard – washboard, snare, bells, blocks and choke cymbal.

And please visit Greg Poppleton’s website at www.gregpoppletonmusic.com with lots of band videos, photos and gig guide.

Greg Poppleton Show Photos Builders Club, Wollongong


Greg Poppleton, 1920s – 30s singer and band, returned to The Builders Club Wollongong, Sunday 16th April.

It was the second show on the band’s Easter Tour 2017, with a enthusiastic audience in The Basement at The Builders.

Greg often took a walk through the audience to sing to everyone personally, his booming 3-octave baritone filling the room without a microphone.

On stage: Greg Poppleton (1920s-30s vocals), Grahame Conlon (guitar and banjo) Dave Clayton (double bass) and Damon Poppleton (soprano sax).

We’ll be back at the The Builders Sunday 25 June and Sunday 22 October.

Both shows are free. Music starts 2:30pm. Lights up at 5:30pm.

Meantime, we also love playing weddings, corporate events and parties. Request a quote.

For your wedding, corporate event and party, Request a quote.

The final Greg Poppleton on the Easter Tour 2017 will be the 1920s Gin Mill Social at Slide Cabaret, Friday 21 April. More Info and Tickets

Then, Wednesday April 26, dance to Greg Poppleton Swingin’ at the Speakeasy at Palmer & Co, Abercrombie Lane, City, 7-10pm. Free.

Official 2016 Art Deco Ball Photos


Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer.

Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters have been the band for the popular Great Art Deco Ball, the highlight of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival since 2013.

Brigitte Grant took the official photos of the ball in 2016. I am now able to show them to you.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s singer and megaphone
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Chuck Morgan – guitar and banjo
Jim Elliot – clarinet, alto sax and bass saxophone

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for clubs and festivals across Australia and NZ. We’re also available for your wedding, corporate function and party. Contact.

Photos, Jazz At The Pines 1920s Concert,15 February 2015.


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, authentic 1920s – 1930s singer and hot jazz band, played to a big audience under the trees at Jazz At The Pines, Dural, Sunday February 15.

I took some photos for you from the stage as the show was in progress. Great audience!

Thank you to The Rotary Club of The Hills-Kellyville and The Hills Shire Council.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, for Jazz At The Pines were…
– Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer,
– Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax,
– Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo,
– Ian Baker tuba and trombone,
– Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard…

Tony is available to help you have the band for your occasion, too: T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

Thank you to everyone who filled in their survey slips wanting Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters back. We look forward to seeing you again at another Jazz At The Pines in 2016!

Some of the audience enjoying Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Jazz at The Pines, Dural.
Some of the audience enjoying Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Jazz at The Pines, Dural.
Greg Poppleton (I'm behind the camera) and the Bakelite Broadcasters (in front of the camera) (L-r) Laurie Thompson drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Ian Baker tuba and trombone, Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax.
Greg Poppleton (I’m behind the camera) and the Bakelite Broadcasters (in front of the camera) (L-r) Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Ian Baker tuba and trombone, Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax. Lawrie’s laying down rich drum textures on ‘The Carioca’ (1934)
Greg Poppleton, 1920s-1930s singer and bandleader.
Greg Poppleton, 1920s-1930s singer and bandleader.
Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax.
Paul Furniss, clarinet, soprano and alto sax, ‘At The Jazz Band Ball’. (1917)
Ian Baker, tuba and trombone.
Ian Baker, tuba and trombone, ‘Whispering’ (1920).
Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo.
Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo, ‘Gypsy Love Song’ (1928)
Another happy snap of our beautiful audience.
Another happy snap of our beautiful audience.
There were all ages at Jazz At The Pines.
There were all ages at Jazz At The Pines.

PS: Tony can help you have the band for your occasion, too: T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

‘Sweet Sue’ Album Of The Week


Sweet Sue, the latest small group swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, is ALBUM OF THE WEEK this week until Sunday 22 December on Sydney’s Fine Music FM radio 102.5 (2MBS).

Tune in during Breakfast to win the album. It’s now available on Bandcamp

Sweet Sue digital download album. Only $7, 15 tracks, at Bandcamp
Sweet Sue digital download album. Only $7, 15 tracks, at Bandcamp

Playing on ‘Sweet Sue’ are this fine group of world-touring vintage jazz specialists:
Paul Furniss (sop. alto, tenor saxes, clarinet)
Al Davey (trumpet / trombone)
Grahame Conlon (guitar)
Darcy Wright (double bass)
Mark Harris (double bass)
Lawrie Thompson (drums)
Greg Poppleton (vocals)

Sweet Sue is a digital download-only album now available for you on Bandcamp

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters (swing quartet) live, with Greg Poppleton (voc) Paul Furniss (reeds) Grahame Conlon (guitar) Bob Gillespie (drums)

Old Skool Swing Album With Paul Furniss


Hi, Greg Poppleton (that’s me – blog author) leads a couple of jazz bands.

One is Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

We’ve just released a 15 track digital download swing album.

It’s called ‘Sweet Sue‘.

All the songs on this album are played live to tape in one go. It was just like the band and I were on a stage. You were in the audience, mobile in one hand, cigarette lighter waving in the other, suzie-q-ing at the same time, mixing decades as I do.

It was such a teeny tiny venue we piled into. I had to lower my voice so my singing didn’t spill into the instrument mikes. Very intimate. Gives the vocals a kind of ‘breaking the stereotype sweet edge’ on songs like the St Louis Blues.

And a southern gentleman strolls in on the second half of Carolina In The Morning. Don’t know where he came from but I instantly liked him and he’s stayed in the act ever since.

I believe in never playing the same song the same way twice, because I can’t. So I’ve put in alternative takes of a couple of songs for you. The drummer went all tango in the third chorus of one take of Am I Blue.

We sincerely trust you’ll enjoy, ‘Sweet Sue.’ And if you do, contribute. Buy a track, or two, or the whole album. Huzzah!

Big thanks to…
Saxes (soprano / alto / tenor) and Clarinet – Paul Furniss
Trumpet and Trombone – Al Davey
Guitar – Grahame Conlon
Double Bass – Darcy Wright
Double Bass – Mark Harris
Drums – Lawrie Thompson

Check it out on Bandcamp: http://gregpoppletonandhisbakelitebroadcasters.bandcamp.com/

 

Sweet Sue, the latest swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on Bandcamp
Sweet Sue, the latest swing album by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on Bandcamp. My 10 year old son drew the cover during the last school holidays.