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,
Your Greg Poppleton newsletter for the Merrie Month of May invites you to come and be merry with us…
SUNDAY 6 MAY
This is always a fun show.
Builders Club (The Basement), 61 Church St, Wollongong. 2-30-5-30pm. Free. 18+ only. (Restaurant, cafe, bar upstairs and free car park)
– with Grahame Conlon (guitar/banjo) & Dave Clayton (double bass)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12 / 13 MAY
Meantime, as an actor (not band related), I’m busy rehearsing for four massive ‘Wizards’ Brunch and Dinner shows being held in the gothic Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall at Sydney University. TICKETS AND MORE INFO
There’s five live Phantom Dancer shows on 107.3 2SER radio for your listening pleasure this month. Every Tuesday, 12:04-2pm and any time online. See the 1 May play list below. LISTEN TO PAST SHOWS HERE
‘Sweet Lorraine’, Greg Poppleton Sextet with SwingKatz dancers…
Sweet Lorraine is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Cliff Burwell with words by the lyricist of ‘Deep Purple’, Mitchell Parish. It was published in 1928. It was recorded most famously by Rudy Vallee in 1928 and Nat King Cole in 1940.
Here is a live 30 sec clip, with SwingKatz dancers, of Greg Poppleton singing the song with his Sextet.
Enjoy! And if you’re so inclined, please give it a thumbs up on YouTube and share. Thank you.
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.
What’s Happening? SOLD OUT 5 YEARS RUNNING
Greg Poppleton at Great Art Deco Ball
Blue Mountains 1920s Festival 3 FebBuilders Club Wollongong 4 Feb Penrith RSL 10 Mar Jazz at the Pines Dural 18 Mar More dates and info
Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer with band. We play for weddings, corporate events and house parties, as well as festivals, clubs and balls. Contact us now.
Happy New Year!
Doof-doof, rap-rap, yeah-yeah, oo-oo, plink-plonk and strum-strum is not my soundtrack for New Year’s Eve.
So I’ll be enjoying the spectacular New Year fireworks here in Sydney with family and friends to a different soundtrack! And you’re welcome to share.
These are swing and jazz soundtracks I’ve made for you myself:
1. New Year’s Phantom Dancer radio show: enjoy a two hour mix of swing and jazz from live 1930s-50s radio. You can stream it right now at 2ser.com.
2. Enjoy these popular mixes of 1920s – 1930s songs from my four albums. Enjoy!
1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 1 Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com
1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 2 Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com
1920s-1930s Jazz Swing Background Mix 3 Enjoy this perfect jazz set as you watch the fireworks. Hear the uninterrupted mix in Stereo at: https://gregpoppleton.bandcamp.com
December Band Photos
Sydney Town Hall
A packed dance floor swung to the music of the 1920s and 1930s by singer Greg Poppleton…