Official 2016 Art Deco Ball Photos


Greg Poppleton is Australia’s only authentic 1920s-1930s singer.

Greg Poppleton and his Bakelite Broadcasters have been the band for the popular Great Art Deco Ball, the highlight of the Blue Mountains 1920s Festival since 2013.

Brigitte Grant took the official photos of the ball in 2016. I am now able to show them to you.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s-30s singer and megaphone
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Chuck Morgan – guitar and banjo
Jim Elliot – clarinet, alto sax and bass saxophone

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters play for clubs and festivals across Australia and NZ. We’re also available for your wedding, corporate function and party. Contact.

February Newsletter – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters


Hello Bakelite Broadcasters!

January was a busy month for Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters….

Dec 31 – Jan 1 New Years Hollywood Party Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
10 Jan – 1st show at The Builders Club Wollongong
(rebooked 16 Oct)
17 Jan – Cronulla RSL
(next date to be announced)
22 Jan – The 1st Gin Mill Social for 2016
(back again Fri 19 Feb)

Now February is even busier…

Thurs 4 Feb – play for the start of the 2016 Law Term
Sat 6 Feb – Great Art Deco Ball (more details below)
Thurs 11 Feb – private concert, New York theme
Sat 13 Feb – private Anniversary celebration
Fri 19 Feb – 1920s Gin Mill Social (more details below)
Wed 24 Feb – in the studio to record a NEW ALBUM!!!

6 February – Great Art Deco Ball, Carrington Hotel Katoomba.
Have you bought your tickets, yet? Call the Carrington Hotel 4782 1111.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters are back at the historic, glamorous Carrington Hotel, fourth year in a row, for the Roaring 20s Festival Great Art Deco Ball, Sat 6 Feb 7:30pm.

Tickets, including three course meal and beverage package are available at Carrington reception or call 4782 1111.

In Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters you’ll dance to:
Greg Poppleton – 1920s singer
Geoff Power – trumpet and sousaphone
Chuck Morgan – guitar, banjo and ukelele
Jim Elliot – bass saxophone, alto sax and clarinet

Here’s a photo from last year’s Great Art Deco Ball…Looks like fun!

Fri 19 February – The Gin Mill Social is Sydney’s monthly 1920s speakeasy party.
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters kick off the night – Friday 19 February 6:45pm. TICKETS

Feast, dance and play at the ultimate 1920s dinner party.

“A night of glamour, food, drinks and entertainment…. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.” – Broadsheet

It’s the roaring 20s and prohibition has cleared the city. WAIT…! There are whispers… down a dark alley, hidden inside a long closed bank building lives a jumpin’ juke joint.

It’s as hot as one of Gatsby’s Parties, it’s The Gin Mill Social!

A fine dining setting with a banquet style menu, the fun never stops as live swing musicians play all night long and the flappers are dancing, vaudeville performers pop up to entertain when you are least expecting it.
The 1920s is living and breathing.
Dress code: guys in ties, girls in pearls.

“It’s like Gold Class on steroids!” – Weekendnotes
TICKETS

FEBRUARY GIG GUIDE + 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

THURS 4 FEB  
Private event to launch the 2016 Law Term
SAT 6 FEB  7:30 – 11pm  
Great Art Deco Ball.
Carrington Hotel,
47 Katoomba St, Katoomba
Includes a three course dinner and beverage package $120.00pp.
TICKETS only available through reception (02) 4782 1111THURS 11 FEB  
Private concert with history of early jazz in NYC themeTHURS 13 FEB  
Private Anniversary celebration in the Southern HighlandsFRI 19 FEB  6:45pm  Gin Mill Social.
Slide Cabaret 41 Oxford St Surry Hills. TICKETS

WED 24 FEB  4th Album Recording

MARCH AND APRIL SHOWS FOR YOUR DIARY…

SUN 20 MAR  12:30pm
Jazz At The Pines, Dural

TICKETS

FRI 25 MAR – SUN 27 MAR  
Waiheke Jazz Festival Auckland NZ
TICKETS

FRI 29 APR  7pm  Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters with Pal Joey Movie (1957) Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Bookings 4382 1777 TICKETS

SAT 30 APR  3:30pm  Illawarra Jazz Festival, Corrimal Hotel, Corrimal
TICKETS

PHANTOM DANCER RADIO SHOW
Your non-stop mix of Swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio with Greg Poppleton.
See the play lists at Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge Blog
Tuesdays 12pm 107.3 2SER Sydney
Thursdays 11am 88.5 2RRR Gladesville
Sundays 5pm 107.3 2SER Sydney
Sundays 7pm ArtSoundFM 1ART 90.3 and 92.7 Canberra
Plus 20 other stations across AustraliaWINNER – ArtSoundFM Canberra – ‘Best Community Radio Network Programme 2015’

Doin’ The Charleston Album


The latest independent release by Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters is pure 1920s in flavour and available on Bandcamp

With the same maverick spirit that produced ‘The Phantom Dancer’ (the sold-out first CD and the award-winning, national community radio show), ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the long-awaited second album from Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters

Recorded live-in-studio in just 5 hours, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the first document of Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters as a purely Roaring 20s Speakeasy 5-piece. There are more layers, more stylistic tangents than before, with a DNA recovered from the very bones of smoking, catchy, 1920s speakeasy pop. At the forefront is the undeniably authentic and unique Roaring 20s vocal style of Greg Poppleton

A pre-release spin of ‘Doin The Charleston’ at the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival had swing dancers crowding the dance floor

Greg Poppleton is very proud of the results, “For me, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners and promenade home”

Greg has expanded his 3.5 octave sonic palette with a long list of influences to forge his own sound. Heir to a tradition of finely-crafted, dramatic, confessional music that explores the ups and downs of life and love with a keenly-observed honesty that touches all who hear, Greg Poppleton is backed by what really is an all-star speakeasy band of world-touring jazz musicians…

Paul Furniss weaves shimmering, infectious, toe-tapping anthems using soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinet. Al Davey wails, growls and caresses on trumpet and trombone. He brings together the brightest elements and darkest undertones in a unique blend of unshackled two-beat. Grahame Conlon’s banjo demands attention weaving audacious fat chords around the pulsing, minimalist sousaphone loops of Rod Herbert and ARIA nominee Geoff Power and the chemically infused drum beats and bootleg hooch washboard laid down by Bell band legend, Lawrie Thompson

The quintet makes lullabies, lush dreamy vintage pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of hot, danceable jazz. Vocal hooks are inescapable, lush productions uncannily authentic to the Roaring 20s, as sophisticated and pristine as anything on a 78 disc. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’s’ 14 tracks (including a bonus alternate take on the soaring St James Infirmary) trace a unique aesthetic universe that is fully-crafted and fully-realised, deftly walking the lines between joyous exhilaration and otherworldly rapture, pleasure-centre pop and total self-possession

It has been described as the Temperance Seven meets’ Don Byron’s Bug Music

Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters’ is a universe that invites exploration and demands revisiting. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ is a journey from darkness to light, from anger to love, from chaos to order. Buy at Bandcamp, CD Baby and bakelitejazz.com

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Trio for a 30th Birthday at the ArtHouse

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters Trio for a 30th Birthday at the ArtHouse

‘Doin’ The Charleston’ has been featured by Bob Rogers in a one hour special on the album over 2CH and the Macquarie Network, Sydney. It has also been CD of the Week on ArtSoundFM Canberra and Jazz Album of the Week on 5MBS Adelaide

Former jazz critic for The Australian newspaper, Kevin Jones, wrote about ‘Doin The Charleston’…

“Even in the 21st century, the music of the so-called jazz age (the Roaring Twenties) still holds a fascination for many, judging by the number of bands which play this style of music world-wide. The Bakelite Broadcasters, led by vocalist Greg Poppleton, keeps the 1920s’ flag flying in Sydney as this enjoyable disc, the second by the group, shows.

They are mostly pre-Swing Era songs written before Benny Goodman launched jazz’s most popular years at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles on August 21, 1935 ranging from Paul Dresser’s My Gal Sal (1907) to Fats Wallers’ I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Lettter (1935) and include The Charleston (1923) and Sweet Lorraine and Button Up Your Overcoat (both written in 1928)
Listening to the 1929 recording by the Mound City Blue Blowers of I Ain’t Got Nobody and My Gal Sal shows the Broadcasters have captured the basic sound. Not surprising when you consider the group includes musicians of the calibre of Paul Furniss (reeds) Al Davey (trumpet and trombone) and Lawrie Thompson (drums and washboard) who show how well they have mastered the style. Grahame Conlon (tenor banjo) makes a mockery of those many banjo jokes with his rollicking solo on The Road To Gundagai. As for the leader, some may find his voice a little affected at times but he has captured that decade’s vocal style to perfection especially on Falling in Love Again sung in both English and German. As enjoyable as they are to listen to The Bakelite Broadcasters must be even better live.”

Enjoy!

Expo at the Establishment, Sat 21 Aug 2010


Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Dance Band play for the exciting Establishment Wedding Expo, Saturday 21 August 2010, 12noon – 4pm

The trio will be in their most glamorous wedding finery for a showcase with a difference.

On 21st August, brides-to-be are invited to meet Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Dance Band and over 30 suppliers to see how your own wedding could look at the breathtakingly beautiful Establishment, 252 George St (near Bridge St) in the City

Sip champagne and sample delicacies created by Establishment executive chefs from 12pm-4pm.

Hear Greg Poppleton & his Bakelite Dance Band in trio mode with Greg singing populra jazz & swing from the 1920s & 30s, Grahame Conlon (ex James Morrison, Billy Fields & more) on guitar and Darcy Wright (ex Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan on their Australian tours) double bass

Greg Poppleton is Sydney’s only authentic 1920s & 30s-style swing & jazz singer. To hear him is to be carried back to the days of art deco style and glamour

The Bakelite Dance Band of world-touring swing & jazz musicians are available for your wedding (and engagement, corporate event and private party) in sizes from trio to 6-piece band

Come on say hello. Get a free band DVD featuring the latest Band Talkie and a slideshow of Greg & the band taken by photographers at events across Sydney

Mention ‘Daily Addict’ during registration at Establishment and receive a bottle of Domaine Chandon compliments of The Establishment. First-come first-served. RSVP now.