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.

Jenny’s 1920s Party – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


What a fun Roaring ’20s night it was playing for Jenny. She was celebrating with her family and friends in a big, warm 1920s Great Gatsby themed party in the small ballroom of the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. And the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters 4-piece provided the authentic 1920s music.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is Sydney and the Blue Mountains number 1 Great Gatsby Band, with Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer, world-touring swing jazz musicians and over 700,000 YouTube views.

Of course I took some pictures of this 1920s-themed night for you.

The first snap, however, of the Carrington in snow the morning of the party comes from the Carrington Hotel’s own facebook page where Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters was mentioned as playing.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is the regular Roaring 20s band for the Carrington’s popular annual Art Deco Ball.

Snow at the Carrington Hotel Katoomba the morning of the 1920s party with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Snow at the Carrington Hotel Katoomba the morning of the 1920s party with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Enquire now about having this popular 1920s trio to orchestra for your wedding, corporate event or party.

 

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer with Bakelite Broadcasters Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling trumpet) and Grahame Conlon (banjo doubling guitar) in background.
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer with Bakelite Broadcasters Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling trumpet) and Grahame Conlon (banjo doubling guitar) in background.

 

The 1920s Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters party room and cake in the small ballroom of the historic Carrington Hotel Katoomba
The 1920s Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters party room and cake in the small ballroom of the historic Carrington Hotel Katoomba

 

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on stage without Greg Poppleton who took the photo. In this 1920s Great Gatsby quartet, Greg Poppleton 1920s vocals, Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling trumpet) Grahame Conlon (guitar doubling banjo) and Paul Furniss clarinet doubling alto sax.)
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters on stage without Greg Poppleton who took the photo. In this 1920s Great Gatsby quartet, Greg Poppleton 1920s vocals, Geoff Power (sousaphone doubling trumpet) Grahame Conlon (guitar doubling banjo) and Paul Furniss clarinet doubling alto sax.)

Enquire now about having this popular 1920s trio to orchestra for your wedding, corporate event or party.

2016 Great Art Deco Ball Photos – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters filled the dance floor for our fourth exciting, sumptuous 1920s Great Art Deco Ball.

Each year the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, puts on the Great Art Deco Ball, which is the big, extremely popular social event of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival. It sells out early and gets bigger every year.

Brigitte Grant from Brigitte Grant Photography (check out her website) took even more photos – beautiful, professional, evocative shots that capture the fun and excitement of the night. You can see them right here on the Mountain Life Facebook Page.

Mountain Life will keep you up-to-date with all that is happening at this year’s Blue Mountains 1920s Festival which runs right through February.

Do you want Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at your event, wedding or party? Just call or email the ever helpful Tony Jex +61 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263  |  tony@ozmanagement.com

In the meantime, I took some pictures for you from the bandstand of the band and the dancers…(But, again, check out Brigitte Grant’s pictures on the Mountain Life Facebook Page.

Dancing to the 1920s music of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters in the Grand Ballroom of the Carrington Hotel Katoomba for the 2016 Great Art Deco Ball
Dancing to the 1920s music of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters in the Grand Ballroom of the Carrington Hotel Katoomba for the 2016 Great Art Deco Ball

 

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, with dancers in the background. A selfie as the Bakelite Broadcasters played an instrumental version of Bye Bye Blues
Greg Poppleton 1920s singer, with dancers in the background. A selfie as the Bakelite Broadcasters played an instrumental version of Bye Bye Blues

 

Jim Elliot on the mighty bass saxophone
Jim Elliot on the mighty bass saxophone

 

Jim also played clarinet and alto sax at the Great Art Deco Ball. That's his bass sax in the foreground.
Jim also played clarinet and alto sax at the Great Art Deco Ball. That’s his bass sax in the foreground.

 

Chuck Morgan - banjo and guitar!
Chuck Morgan – banjo and guitar!

 

Geoff Power on his golden trumpet
Geoff Power on his golden trumpet

 

And Geoff Power also played the booming sousaphone.
And Geoff Power also played the booming sousaphone.

 

 

Dancers glide past the bandstand at the 2016 Great Art Deco Ball with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.
Dancers glide past the bandstand at the 2016 Great Art Deco Ball with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters.

Do you want Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at your event, wedding or party? Just call or email the ever helpful Tony Jex +61 02 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263  |  tony@ozmanagement.com

 

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

New Years Eve Photos – 1930s Hollywood Party With Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters brought in New Years 2016 at a big 1930s Hollywood Party bash at the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba.

Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor with music from the movies including The Lady is a Tramp (1937) Anything Goes (1936) Night and Day (1932) All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (1937) and many more.

Greg Poppleton sang in authentic 1930s style with world-touring jazz festival headlines, Geoff Power (sousaphone and trumpet), Ben Jones (clarinet and alto sax), and Chuck Morgan (guitar) in the Bakelite Broadcasters.

And Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters will be back at the Carrington on Saturday night, 6th February (7:30 – 10:30pm). It will be the fourth time in a row for the band to play at the premier event of the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival, The Great Art Deco Ball.

The Great Art Deco Ball in The Carrington Hotel Grand Dining Room includes a three course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp. Tickets available through reception on (02) 4782 1111. Hurry, they’re selling fast!

Having the right music is the make or break of a party.

To find out about having authentic 1920s – 30s singer Greg Poppleton, and the Bakelite Broadcasters, for your 1920s – 1930s themed event, call or email Tony Jex 61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | tony@ozmanagement.com

The 1930s Hollywood New Years Eve party with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters was held in the historic Carrington Hotel's Grand Ballroom. There were 130 guests. Tickets, including a three course dinner were $150.
The 1930s Hollywood New Years Eve party with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters was held in the historic Carrington Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. There were 130 guests. Tickets, including a three course dinner were $150.

 

Dancers at the front of the bandstand.
Dancers at the front of the bandstand…

 

...and a full dance floor.
…and a full dance floor…

 

Dancing to 1930s swing by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
…Dancing to 1930s Hollywood swing by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

Greg Poppleton, authentic 1930s singer and Bakelite Broadcasters band leader
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1930s singer and Bakelite Broadcasters band leader

 

Chuck Morgan, guitar
Chuck Morgan, guitar, with the horn of the big sousaphone in the background

 

Geoff Power, trumpet (pictured) and doubling on sousaphone
Geoff Power, trumpet (pictured) and doubling on sousaphone

 

Ben Jones on clarinet doubling alto sax
Ben Jones on clarinet doubling alto sax

 

Hooray for Hollywood at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters
Hooray for Hollywood at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

Thank you to Helen from magneticshots.com for taking this portrait (below) of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters backstage.

Magnetic Shots were official photographers for New Years Eve at the Carrington. They take photos that are instantly printed onto fridge magnets! Call Helen on 0402 530 642 to book her unique magnet photography for your event.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters portrait taken on New Years Eve by Helen from magneticshots.com and instantly printed onto a fridge magnet.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters portrait taken on New Years Eve by Helen from magneticshots.com and instantly printed onto a fridge magnet.

And call or email Tony Jex to have Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters for your 1920s – 1930s themed event:
61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | tony@ozmanagement.com

Photos From The 2015 Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba


For the third year running, it was a great thrill and honour for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters to be invited back to play the Carrington Hotel’s annual Great Art Deco Ball. Photos…

Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only absolutely authentic 1920s singer. And the Bakelite Broadcasters are all world-touring classic jazz, Roaring ’20s musicians…

An on-stage selfie. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Greg Poppleton singer (white bow tie) Grahame Conlon banjo, Geoff Power trumpet (also sousaphone) Jim Elliott (behind Greg) bass sax, alto sax, clarinet.
An on-stage selfie. Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at the 2015 Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Greg Poppleton singer (white bow tie) Grahame Conlon banjo, Geoff Power trumpet (also sousaphone) Jim Elliott (behind Greg) bass sax, alto sax, clarinet.

In the opinion of some hotel guests we are the best band ever to play at The Carrington. That’s high praise, indeed.

The Great Art Deco Ball is the peak event in the annual Blue Mountains 1920s Festival. This year’s Great Art Deco Ball was again sold out. Many guests came especially to see and dance to red hot 1920s dance band Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters cut loose in their natural habitat…

Here's what playing to a Grand Ball Room full of swirling, swinging, dancers looks like from the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters' stage.
Here’s what playing to a Grand Ball Room full of swirling, swinging, dancers looks like from the Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters’ stage.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Sydney’s most authentic and swing 1920s – 1930s small group are:

Greg Poppleton – singer (and film / TV actor),
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone,
Grahame Conlon – banjo and guitar,
Jim Elliott – bass saxophone, alto saxophone and clarinet.

The Grand Dining Room of the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Dancers fill the room as Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play. (Photo taken from the bandstand)
The Grand Dining Room of the historic Carrington Hotel, Katoomba. Dancers fill the room as Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play. (Photo taken from the bandstand)

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for all occasions – trio to 11-piece 1920s Orchestra.
We are the resident 1920s trio at Slide Cabaret’s Gin Mill Social. We also play regularly at Penrith and Cronulla RSLs, Sydney Rowers, Jazz At The Pines and more.

There's Jim Elliott playing the big bass saxophone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, 2015 great Art Deco Ball. Geoff Power solos on trumpet. Grahame Conlon is playing banjo.
There’s Jim Elliott playing the big bass saxophone with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, 2015 great Art Deco Ball. Geoff Power solos on trumpet. Grahame Conlon is playing banjo.

Tony is the man to help you with all enquiries. T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

PS: You can check out Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters photos from,
2014 Great Art Deco Ball
2013 Great Art Deco Ball (the 1920s Orchestra)