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