Saturday was Remembrance Day. At the band’s previous show in August I had been asked by Penrith Club members to introduce a suitable song to commemorate the day.
I chose the 1918, armistice year hit, ‘After You’ve Gone’, inspired by one of my favourite singers, Marion Harris,
I also shot a little tongue-in-cheek Christmas promo for the band’s four albums of CDs and mp3s. Please form an orderly queue now to the online Bandcamp shop. See full details in the description below this YouTube video shot live at the Penrith show:
As always, I took some snaps of the Greg Poppleton band for you. The band features some of Sydney’s most experienced swing, jazz musicians. All are world-toured.
Drummer, Bob Gillespie, played in the Glenn Miller Orchestra for their 1990s Australian tours as well as being drummer for Maynard Ferguson’s English Band and musical director for Lovelace Watkins. You can see him here backing Lovelace Watkins on ‘My Way’.
Now for a triple threat (as they say in ‘showbiz’) of the Greg Poppleton Penrith RSL Remembrance Day show photos…
A real 1920s – 1930s singer and band is a must for a successful 1920s – 1930s themed event.
Greg Poppleton’s energy and authentic 1920s – 1930s vocals bring dynamic, Great Gatsby charm to concerts, clubs, weddings, corporate events and house parties. Find out how we can make your next event swing…
Saturday night and Greg Poppleton was singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s with his band at Simon and Aleis’ beautiful wedding at Bush Bank. Bush Bank is an old dairy farm on the coast just south of Kiama, two hours drive (or train + walk) from Sydney.
Having a live 1920s – 1930s jazz and swing band can make a fantastic difference to your wedding. Having Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 30s singer and band gives you the biggest emotional impact.
In the band video below, I filmed the crashing waves about a year ago just where you see the white breakers in the picture above. Enjoy the 1914 hit, ‘They Didn’t Believe Me’ by the Greg Poppleton 1920s vocal, guitar and clarinet trio in a contemplative mode. The song is from the band’s album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard‘ available from Bandcamp, CDBaby and iTunes.
And here’s the band playing ‘Yes, We Have No Bananas’, also from the album ‘Back In Your Own Backyard‘. And the film was also taken just over a year ago and just at the back of Bush Bank along the Kiama – Gerringong bush walk. Enjoy!
“If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn’t simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction.”
The Illawarra Jazz Club presents Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer, Greg Poppleton, with his metamodern jazz band, for an afternoon of Liederhosen.
Let me explain…
Greg Poppleton’s music is a metamodern mediation between aspects of modernism and postmodernism.
As a modernist he is Australia’s only authentic 1920s – 1930s singer.
As a postmodernist he is both cognizant that he can never be truly ‘authentic’ yet pursues his single-minded mission with Virilian speed to create fascinatingly ephemeral ‘1920s Urzeiten’ unique to his time and place on stage.
“To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend,” Jacques Derrida.
Deftly avoiding jazz cliches and gimmicky contemporary music incorporations, Greg becomes ‘1920s’ on-stage utilising a thorough ethical framework of sound music practice, stagecraft and an authentic passion for the genre since earliest childhood.
“All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation,” Weimar Jazz Age writer, broadcaster and essayist, Walter Benjamin.
Greg is truly a metamodern singer in English and German, and the Corrimal Hotel is the one place in the Illawarra where this musical intersection can engage, challenge and charm.
Totally untouched by contemporary music, producing sounds that intrigue and catch listeners off-guard, Greg has over 1 MILLION YouTube plays for just one mix of his 1920s-30s music from three albums.
Gloriously rejected by the more traditional elements of the jazz community in which he is supposed to belong and embraced by Bob Rogers on commercial radio and 18-35 year olds in Europe, the US and Mexico, there is no middle ground with Greg Poppleton.
Greg entertains, bringing an operatically trained voice, a lifelong single-minded approach to the music of the 1920s and 1930s, and an acting background which has seen him in movie scenes opposite such Hollywood stars as Nicole Kidman, Adrien Brody and John Goodman.
Now I ask you, writing in the first person, is there a place for my metamodern Greg Poppleton band in your hearts so that you’ll be at the Corrimal Hotel, Saturday 7 October, 3:30-6:30pm?
Wow! July’s Gin Mill Social was SOLD OUT weeks ahead.
What a fun 1920s night it was in the beautiful Art Deco Cello Restaurant of the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel.
The Greg Poppleton 1920s trio- Greg Poppleton (authentic 1920s vocals and megaphone) Geoff Power (sousaphone and cornet) and Paul Baker (banjo) serenaded guests in real Jazz Age style for the first 75 minutes.
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Now, back to July’s Gin Mill Social…
Missy stunned with her globe poses and fan dance.
Mr Gorski amazed with his fine balancing and juggling.
The four course dinner was spectacular, as were the cocktails.
MC Lou P Lou charmed the crowd.
Of course, being Prohibition, there was a raid!
The next Gin Mill Social is Saturday 16 September. Hurry and get your Tickets now before it sells out again.
Book Greg Poppleton for your 1920s-30s theme wedding, party and corporate event. TAKE ACTION.
Greg is totally untouched by contemporary music. His voice is true-to-the-era.
“Greg Poppleton captures the essence of the era with uncanny accuracy.” - Kevin Jones, jazz critic Fine Music 102.5
Greg’s voice is operatically trained. He sells a song. He’ll make you laugh. Even those who don’t like jazz like Greg Poppleton.
“That’s because we play real jazz. We improvise, we have fun, we’re acoustic, we’re alive, we’re always in the moment,” says Greg.
“Your great voice, your ability to “sell a song” and your energy came across as completely American while sounding Australian! And that trio is an absolute knockout.” - Lance Belville, Writer / Theatre Director, San Francisco.
Since 2002, Greg Poppleton has revived the songs of the Roaring 20s and 1930s Swing Era.
In Greg’s swinging trio: Grahame Conlon (guitar/banjo) Dave Clayton (double bass) and Adam Barnard (snare, bells, washboard).
On the song list: The Charleston, My Blue Heaven, Singing in the Bathtub, Falling in Love Again, My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes and Road to Gundagai.