Greg Poppleton 1940s VE Day GI Dance


Greg Poppleton, Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and his Jazz Deco trio had the honour of playing for dancers at Elizabeth Bay House for the exclusive 2012 VE Day GI Dance.

Greg sang the songs popular in the early 1940s in his naturally true-to-the-era dance band singer style.

Some say his voice reminds them of Al Bowlly. Others say Ray Eberle.

And his small band is definitely 1940s Sydney when the majority of bands playing for dancers through the suburbs were trios to sextets. (Check out Greg Poppleton’s ABC Radio National documentary about Sydney’s 1942-45 Booker T Washington Club for U.S African-American service personnel. The band that played there was mainly a quartet.)

This fantastic evening celebrated the GI Dances held across Sydney in grand houses like Elizabeth Bay House during the Second World War.

Greg Poppleton Trio at the 2012 VE Day GI Dance
Greg Poppleton Trio at the VE Day GI Dance

Over a hundred guests filled the historic mansion dressed in 1940s style, many in authentic 1940s uniforms.

They danced to Greg Poppleton playing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, White Cliffs Of Dover, I’ve Heard That Song Before and many other pop songs of the early 1940s.

At the end of the night, the band lead the guests in singing We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn’s post-WWII hit Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart.

Guests calling for an encore spontaneously sang out two choruses of Bless Them All as a gloriously emotional end to the dancing!

Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton
Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton

Guests were also treated at the dance to period 1940s cuisine, swing dance classes, 1940s makeovers, live drawing classes, the very funny ‘1940s paperboy’ MC with prizes for the best-dressed

All guests were gloriously dressed in vintage style, with many in authentic clothes and uniforms from the era, as you can see in the photos.

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only 1920s – 1930s style singer with duo to 6-piece band. He can also offer a 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra and 1930s-40s Swing Orchestra playing Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

Contact Greg through Tony Jex at OzManagement.

Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting
Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting

 

Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing
Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing

 

Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs
Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs

 

Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor
Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor

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Photos – Swing With Greg Poppleton – Django Bar


The band and I had lots of fun last night (Sunday 16 July) with the All About Swing Dancers at Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at the Django Bar.

Thank you to everyone for coming.

You can see the band next at:
Sat 29 July – Gin Mill Social (sold out)
Sun 30 July – Sydney Rowing Club 3-6pm
Sun 13 August – Mosman Bowling Club 2-4:30pm

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To whet your appetite for the next shows, here are four photos of Greg Poppleton and All About Swing at Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at the Django Bar. Enjoy!

Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar, Sunday 16 July
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar, Sunday 16 July
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar. Greg Poppleton (blue-striped suit 1920s-30s swing vocals) Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling cornet) Grahame Conlon (guitar doubling banjo) Damon Poppleton (alto sax).
Swing Night with Greg Poppleton at Django Bar. Greg Poppleton (blue-striped suit 1920s-30s swing vocals) Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling cornet) Grahame Conlon (guitar doubling banjo) Damon Poppleton (alto sax).
Greg Poppleton singing 'Button Up Your Overcoat' on the big screen with Damon Poppleton watching.
Greg Poppleton singing ‘Button Up Your Overcoat’ on the big screen with Damon Poppleton watching.

Coffee Break – 1920s-1930s Songs by Greg Poppleton [Full Album]


Greg Poppleton – Coffee Break music. Back in Your Own Backyard [Full Album] 1920s – 1930s small jazz band and authentic 1920s-30s-style singer. Released October 31 2016

Download on Bandcamp: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/album/back-in-your-own-backyard
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Buy CD on Bandcamp: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com/album/back-in-your-own-backyard
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1. 00:00 I’ll See You In My Dreams (1924)
2. 02:36 Cake Walkin’ Babies From Home (1924)
3. 05:07 They Didn’t Believe Me (1914)
4. 07:05 Too Marvellous (1937)
5. 11:07 Back In Your Own Backyard (1927)
6. 13:32 Egyptian Ella (1930)
7. 16:06 When My Dreamboat Comes Home (1936)
8. 19:22 Honeysuckle Rose (1929)
9. 22:36 Nobody’s Sweetheart (1924)
10. 26:13 The Lady Is A Tramp (1937)
11. 29:40 Makin’ Whoopee! (1928)
12. 33:36 Yes, We Have no Bananas! (1922)

Relaxing, syncopated, romantic 1910s – 1920s – 1930s music for your Kaffeeklatsch – or enjoy as you work!
Sit back, have a coffee and soak in the ambience as authentic 1920s-30s singer Greg Poppleton and his small jazz band take you on the musical journey that is their fourth and latest album, Back In Your Own Backyard.

Greg Poppleton – 1920s – 30s vocals
Geoff Power – brass (sousaphone, trumpet and trombone)
Paul Furniss – reeds (alto sax and clarinet)
Grahame Conlon – strings (guitar)
Lawrie Thompson – percussion (drums and washboard)

More from Greg Poppleton
Chill Mix 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW2sx…
Chill Mix 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts52w…
The Sheik (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlAqT…

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Foundry 616 Photos – Greg Poppleton 1920s – 1930s Show


Jazz club Foundry 616 witnessed the most high-energy show of its lifetime when Greg Poppleton brought their songs of the 1920s and 1930s to the Foundry stage.

One visiting Londoner told us the night reminded of her of many nights she had spent at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. High energy and intimate were the words she used to describe the show.

Many Greg Poppleton regulars and plenty of new friends were in the audience making the night one of the club’s busiest Thursday nights on record.

The band’s stock of Back In Your Own Backyard albums (available at Bandcamp) sold out.

Thank you to Jennifer Power, sound man Jonathan, and drummer Adam Barnard for the photos below. I also took a few. Enjoy…

The Bakelite Broadcasters just about to go on stage. L-r Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Geoff Power sousaphone, cornet and trombone, Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s Band  just about to go on stage at Foundry 616. L-r Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Geoff Power sousaphone, cornet and trombone, Paul Furniss clarinet and alto sax. Photo: Greg Poppleton.

 

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Adam Barnard during soundcheck at the drums and washboard.

 

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1920s – 1930s singer Greg Poppleton  snapped in the wings after the show

 

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Some of the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters instruments on stage – sousaphone, megaphone, trombone, guitar, drums and alto sax.

 

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Greg Poppleton  (far right of photo) sings without the microphone, getting up-close and personal with the audience. Paul Furniss plays clarinet, Geoff Power sousaphone, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard drums.

 

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Geoff Power takes a fiery cornet solo on Hindustan. Grahame Conlon is behind him on guitar. Adam Barnard, drums.

To bookGreg Poppleton for your 1920s – 1930s themed wedding, club event or party, talk to Tony Jex

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