Right now the band and I would have been playing the songs of the 1920s-30s at Penrith RSL. We look foward to the return of Saturday Swing afternoons when this emergency is over. Meanwhile, right now, at a Penrith RSL in a parallel, Covid19-free universe…
During the dinner, it was my solemn duty to break the news that Bob Hawke, Australia’s 23rd Prime Minister, had died. There is film of this moment below…
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BREAKING THE NEWS BOB HAWKE HAD DIED
When news came through during the evening that one of Australia’s most popular political leaders had died, I was asked to break the news to the conference delegates.
Thank you to Cazzbo Johns, who put down her sousaphone to film the moment I broke that sad news news mid band set at the ALGWA Conference Dinner…
<h4>1920s SINGER AND BAND</h4>
The Greg Poppleton band for the Conference Dinner included:
– Greg Poppleton: Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer singing into a 1920s suspension microphone and 1920s megaphone
– Paul Furniss: clarinet and alto saxophone
– Cazzbo (Carolyn) Johns: sousaphone
– Grahame Conlon: guitar and banjo
<h4>SOUND AND LIGHTS</h4>
were provided for the long arc shaped room by Tony Jex at OzManagement. As Tony is the booker for the Greg Poppleton band, the ALGWA Conference had lights, sound and operation at a discount.
<h4>WHY BOOKING A REAL 1920s BAND FOR A 1920s THEME MAKES REAL DOLLARS AND SENSE</h4>
So many bands play songs from the 1920s.
The Greg Poppleton band is 1920s. That’s because Greg sings the music of the 1920s and 1930s exclusively.
The difference is sound.
Bands and DJs that play 1920s, 1930s, rock, blues, Sinatra, comb, spoons, gypsy, Buble and what ever else is supposed ‘to get people dancing’ try really hard to hide the fact they can’t make the right 1920s – 30s sounds.
It’s that simple.
Like, the family wagon is a car but racers aren’t going to use it to try and win a grand prix, are they?
Booking the family wagon instead of the specialist twenties singer and band ruins any 1920s -30s atmosphere you’ve spent money, time and reputation on creating.
And here’s Cazzbo with Grahame Conlon on guitar doubling banjo in the Greg Poppleton band at the ALGWA dinner. Tony Jex is in the back ground at the sound desk.
On sax and clarinet with the Greg Poppleton band is one of Australia’s most celebrated jazz figures, Paul Furniss…
Greg Poppleton brought along his quartet of world-toured jazz musicians. Their authentic, swinging style certainly impressed – and won over a lot of people who had never heard 1920s jazz before.
The smiles, the spontaneous little dances here and there, all those who stopped to intently listen, and the nice people who came up to compliment the band after each set, told me that the band was fulfilling its brief.
To provide atmosphere as friends and colleagues met in the courtyard to socialise, network and do business.
So the music was low, yet energetic. People could talk easily and come and go as they please. The owner of the bar and restaurant next to the courtyard thanking us as both he and we packed up said it all.
The band was largely acoustic with two 100W speakers for the vocals and banjo, mixed wirelessly via ipad. Guitar and double bass used a small amp each and the clarinet and alto sax did not need to be mic’d at all to be heard clearly.
Thank you to all of you who came to listen and dance to, Greg Poppleton, at Sunday Jazz in Cronulla RSL, Sunday 17 January.
Good to see so many dancers. And flattering to have so many photos and so much film taken. I wonder if any of it will end up on YouTube?
In Greg Poppleton at Cronulla were:
Greg Poppleton – authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals
Grahame Conlon – guitar and banjo
Greg Chilcott – trombone and sousaphone
Alex Inman-Hislop – drums
As always I took some happy snaps for you. I’ve posted them for you below.
And a big thank you to everyone in the audience who called out ‘Cheese’ on the count of three when I took a selfie. You’ll see the result is very cheesy and at the very bottom of this post.
We look forward to playing swing and jazz from the 1920s and 1930s for you at Cronulla RSL again soon.
In the meantime, we open for the first 1920s Gin Mill Social of 2016 at Slide Cabaret, 41 Oxford St Surry Hills this Friday 22 Jan.
Tickets, including 3 course meal, complimentary gin on arrival, a night of music, juggling and acrobatics are available HERE. It’s the third big year for Sydney’s premier Roaring 20s themed event, The Gin Mill Social.
Now, to book Greg Poppleton for your wedding, birthday party, corporate event or any occasion, please contact the very friendly and helpful Tony Jex 61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | email@example.com
Here are the 17 January Cronulla show pix…
And now meet the members of the band individually…
Remember, to book Greg Poppleton for your wedding, birthday party, corporate event or any occasion, contact the very friendly and helpful Tony Jex 61 2 9567 7171 | 0407 941 263 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters serenade you with genuine live 1920s -1930s music as you enter your appointed Murder Mystery Fun venue. Afterall, you are resplendent in fascinators and fedoras. So you need the correct 1920s – 1930s music to instantly complement your beautiful Roaring 20s costumes.
Then what better way is there to dine during your murder mystery show than to syncopated dinner music played by Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with his Bakelite Broadcasters trio – sextet of world-touring classic jazz musicians.
And how special does everyone feel when the Bakelites play a rousing fanfare for every Murder Mystery winner as they come up to collect their prizes!
You can even have Sydney’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer and trio to sextet to play music for dancing afterwards…
“Was I happy? Absolutely! The guys did an amazing job and completely made the murder mystery evening. I would highly recommend to colleagues for future events. Thanks again for being so easy to deal with.” Maeve Belshaw BATA
To book Gary for your Murder Mystery Fun corporate event, birthday party, christening and more, contact him at Murder Mystery Fun. Check out all the scenarios he has on offer for you.
Songs of the 1920s and 1930s for good times and dancing.
I snapped a few action pics. I hope you like them. You can see us again at Penrith RSL, Saturday 26 April 2014, 2 – 5pm. Free!
We also had a sit-in on Bob Gillespie drums.(Bob has played with the Maynard Ferguson English Orchestra, BBC Northern Dance Orchestra and was Musical Director for Lovelace Watkins). My just turned 11 year-old son, Damon, played Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Bill Bailey and Exactly Like You! Very proud of him.
On the album, ‘Doin’ The Charleston‘, you’ll hear Sydney’s best, world-touring vintage jazz and swing specialists: Paul Furniss saxes and clarinet, Al Davey trumpet and trombone, Grahame Conlon banjo, Geoff Power and Rod Herbert sousaphone, Lawrie Thompson drums and washboard.
We didn’t get the banana – it was won by a classical pianist who writes ‘healing’ music – but it was a big night.