An hour cabaret of 1920s – 1930s songs by Greg Poppleton (1920s-30s-style singer) and Grahame Conlon (banjo / guitar)
No microphone (the suspension mic is a prop) and no audio sweetening. The sound is Zoom via an inbuilt laptop mic. We’re sitting on a lounge so this could also be called Lounge Music.
Every year since 2006 we’ve played an annual concert in the historic Bondi Pavilion next to iconic Bondi Beach. This year the concert was online because of Covid and restoration work at the Pavilion.
Greg’s authenticity in 1920s – 30s singing comes from a lifetime of listening. He also trained in bel canto singing with Steve Ostrow of Continental Baths fame. Steve discovered Bette Midler and relaunched the career of Peter Allen. Cab Calloway, Margaret Whiting and Josephine Baker sang in his club.
Greg sings in an Australian accent, including when he sings in German, Spanish and Italian. He sometimes sings while eating a banana. The Jazz Police called during the show.
Songs in this spontaneous, energetic cabaret include The Charleston, Yes We Have No Bananas and Carolina in the Morning.
Greg Poppleton and band returned to the Transport Heritage Expo at Sydney’s Central Station today, Saturday 8 June. It’s their third year entertaining visitors with Tin Pan Alley songs from the 1920s and 1930s to fit the Heritage theme of vintage trains and buses.
Adding to the fun, fantastic and colourful swing dancers came along to dazzle with deft footwork as the band played. Thank you Sue Ann!
And go for a ride on the steam train, Sydney red rattler and the vintage double and single deck buses. The NSW Rail Museum will be operating steam train rides through the city from Central as part of the annual Transport Heritage Expo. It’s a fantastic nostalgic long weekend event for families and transport enthusiasts alike! https://www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/
Here are some phots of the band, dancers and trains,
The band and I had the great pleasure of playing for Vera’s Golden Age birthday at the historic Carrington Hotel at the Blue Mountains in Katoomba last Saturday.
I took some photos to show you how much fun the guests and band had at Vera’s 1920s inspired party.
WHAT WE DO
Greg Poppleton, which is both my name and the band’s name, specialises in the music of the 1920s and 1930s.
We feature Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer with world-toured classic jazz musicians.
Vera chose the quartet to play for her:
1. Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s-1930s singer,
2. Sousaphone doubling cornet,
3. Banjo doubling guitar,
4. Baritone sax tripling alto sax and clarinet
1. The band played three 45 minute sets over three hours in the Carrington Hotel ballroom.
2. We personalised some 1920s songs for Vera.
3. Vera sent us three requests from the band’s song list to play for her.
The song list can be emailed to you by Tony, firstname.lastname@example.org
4. We played Happy Birthday for Vera and all the guests joined in, raising three cheers.
5. We encouraged guests to dance, which they did.
6. We played a special slow song for Vera at the end of the party.
7. The band used a small PA with 1920s music played during band intermissions.
8. Vera used Greg’s 1920s microphone for her speeches.
Jazz is very serious and difficult. When it kicked off in the brothels of New Orleans, everyone had to listen carefully and critique, or else they’d be forcefully ejected from the bordello. Today, the Jazz Police continue a century old tradition of making jazz inaccessible. Fortunately, on the day this low-life jazz trio and singer were recording their ‘selfie-musicale’, the Jazz Police were patrolling a nearby empty concert hall where grant recipients and worthy jazz school graduates were carefully trudging through a stunning original in 11/16 and 22/8. The Jazz Society Improvised Collective Association Workshop Co-Op Newsletter write-up of their efforts was praiseworthy.
Night and Day – Cole Porter (1932) Singer – Greg Poppleton,
Guitar – Grahame Conlon, Double Bass – Dave Clayton, Drums – Bob Gillespie