Birthday House Party

Two snaps of Greg Poppleton with his 1920s quartet.

We were playing at the birthday party of a famous artist, for whom we've had the great pleasure of playing before.

The party was in a house. It was a thrill to see so many guests on the dance floor.

Noise restrictions meant that the music volume had to be capped at 80 dB while playing to 160 guests in a reverberant space.

We pride ourselves at always playing at a volume where people can talk easily. Keeping to the restrictions while still being dynamic, musical and entertaining was easy and fun.

Greg Poppleton while singing Irving Berlin's 1927 song, Blue Skies.
Greg Poppleton while singing Irving Berlin's 1927 song, Blue Skies.


Greg Poppleton 1920s band: Geoff Power sousaphone and cornet, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Glenn Henrich alto sax, baritone sax and clarinet.

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With A Name Like Poppleton I Must Pop

As Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer, I put on a show, interact with the audience, constantly improvise, spontaneously take risks.

How can I have a name like Poppleton is I don't Pop!

Look at the band's 12 January 2019 Unanderra Hotel show (full house) for the Illawarra Jazz Club.

What's going on in this photo?

Greg Poppleton sings in the Unanderra Hotel toilets

I'd just sung the first chorus of Singing in the Bathtub in the 2nd set of my Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s show on stage at the Unanderra Hotel.

Then I jumped off stage and told the audience, "Everyone sounds good when they sing in the the bathroom. I will now demonstrate."

So I walked through the audience as the band played on and went to the Gents.

Shelley Rae King, former Illawarra Jazz Club president, raced in to take snaps as I sang the second chorus from the public toilet using the full tiled amplifying bathroom reverb only a 1920s megaphone in a throne room can give.

Meanwhile, the band's still playing on stage.

And the audience is having a great time - being surprised and entertained.

They're being entertained by a singer whose voice can fill a 150 people room, off stage from a toilet, with only a megaphone, while a sousaphone, alto sax, banjo and washboard swing on stage without missing a beat.

It's all sounding so good a swing dance couple join me in the toilet - dancing to the music...

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and swing dancers in toilet

One-by-one the band spontaneously walk off stage, still playing as I sing, to join me in the big porcelain echo chamber.



First Adam Barnard taps in on the washboard. Grahame Conlon strums along on the banjo (which weighs a ton). Damon Poppleton wails in playing alto sax. It gets a bit crowded when Geoff Power on sousaphone joins in...

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and band in the toilets at Unanderra Hotel

Who'd would expect that would happen from a 1920s - 30s singer and band. Here's a photo taken on stage by one of the audience of Damon, Geoff on cornet and myself a couple of minutes before the first set.

Greg Poppleton 1920s trio

Below, Damon takes his last solo as a 15 year old, with Geoff Power on sousaphone and Grahame Conlon, banjo...

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s Swing Band

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As I sang off the top of my head at Unanderra:-

"It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that Pop CD, 20 bucks, 20 bucks, 20 bucks, 20 bucks." (
Only $12 CD / $7 download on Bandcamp
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The latest Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters CD, 'Doin' The Charleston'

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New Years Party Photos - Greg Poppleton Sings at 12-Micron Restaurant on Sydney Harbour

Firing off with a great view of the 9pm family fireworks exploding into showers of brilliant reds, yellows and greens over Sydney Harbour, Greg Poppleton and his 1920s Trio kicked off the countdown to 2019 at 12-Micron, Barangaroo with a high energy 1920s show where everyone partied.

Guests dressed in speakeasy finery danced and partied to Greg Poppleton singing The Charleston, Peanut Vendor, Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue and a couple of 1930s requests for Jeepers Creepers and Cheek to Cheek.

greg poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s singer
Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s singer bringing in New Years 2019 at 12-Micron, Barangaroo, Sydney Harbour.

Greg pranced and danced in front of the band, crooned into his vintage 1920s microphone, and got up close and personal to guests, serenading them individually with his 1920s megaphone and big, warm lyric baritone voice.

12-Micron is a Barangaroo restaurant, bar and late night dessert house run by two-hat chef, Justin Wise. It's located on the Sydney Harbour waterfront at Shipwrights Walk. A real culinary gem in the car free laneways of exciting Barangaroo.

In the band were Geoff Power on trumpet and sousaphone, who also played a Louis Armstrong request on 'Strutting with Some BBQ', Paul Baker banjo, and Ian Bloxsom, former Sydney Symphony Orchestra percussionist, on snare and washboard.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s Music, New Years Eve 2018-2019
Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s Music, New Years Eve 2018-2019

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Gin Mill Social - 13 December

It’s the 1920’s in here!

The Gin Mill Social is back at Slide Cabaret. Greg Poppleton kicked off the relaunch of Sydney's favourite 1920s night last 13 December 2018.

Greg brings in the New Year with his sousaphone, trumpet, banjo, washboard quartet at 12-Micron Barangaroo overlooking the world-famous Sydney Harbour New Years fireworks. TICKETS

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Inside an old closed down bank lies the hottest spot on the strip. Its prohibition time, an era of secrecy and excess and you have the secret password…. Hang out the front of the old bank when you arrive, but look busy, we don’t want those cops spotting you.

gin mill social

- The party begins at 6.45pm sharp with Australia's only authentic 1920s-1930s singer, Greg Poppleton with banjo, trumpet and sousaphone.
- Food is served banquet style, arriving on platters made for sharing. Eat as much or as little as you like.
- The dress code is simple - Girls in pearls. Guys in ties.

MC Lou P Lou with Greg Poppleton

The Gin Mill Social is perfect for corporates, a birthday, anniversary dinner, meet with the in-laws, hang with the outlaws, or simply to reconnect with old friends. Candles are lit. Lights are low. Conversations are loud. It’s a lively atmosphere. Join us….. Feast, dance and play!

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Missy and Greg Poppleton band

1920s Show Penrith

On Saturday November 10, the band and I returned to our favourite venue in Sydney's outer west, Penrith RSL, for an afternoon of 1920s - 30s jazz and swing.

greg poppleton 1920s - 1930s singer

There was lots of dancing, lots of laughing and lots of jazz.

Here's a very personal version of 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love' which I sang to myself as a selfie live in front of the Penrith club audience.

It was like singing into the bathroom mirror, but with a band behind me, which included Grahame Conlon guitar, Dave Clayton double bass and Bob Gillespie drums. Enjoy!

Contact Greg: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

I'm in a Subway Ad

This was fun. Hands on hips at the checkout in the new Subway ad. So much milk! That buffalo chicken sure is thpicy!

I am a film and TV actor, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s jazz swing singer, voiceover, and award-winning swing jazz radio dj.

I've had roles in 9 Hollywood and big budget feature films, 17 TV shows, 60 TV commercials, short film, corporate video, music video and stage.

Four albums released. More than 1.2 million total YouTube plays.

Here’s the latest ad…

Inspiring Radio

The Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton is your non-stop mix of swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV every week.

On-air Tuesdays 12:04-2:00pm AEST (+11 GMT) and online

And over those years, Greg Poppleton and The Phantom Dancer have inspired musicians, painters, film, TV and theatre creatives.

One example of many…

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Professional Alumni Event Sparks With 1920s Trio

The Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s trio were hired to entertain with real Great Gatsby music for a 1920s-themed professional gathering at Sydney's Arthouse Hotel.

Authentic 1920s singer, world-toured guitar, banjo and sousaphone, excellent sound, and interesting people made this professional networking event spark.

“The band were fantastic. They reaĺly made the night a success.” — Anne Lyell, The Chiropractic Alumni

Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s singer and Cazzbo sousaphone

As members of the profession networked, Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer accompanied by Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar, and Cazzbo Johns sousaphone, played their authentic 1920s repertoire with entertaining style and at background level.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer at Chiropractic alumni event

When guests wanted to dance, we happily obliged with The Charleston, a tango or a slow foxtrot.

Sound was supplied with the band by OzManagement.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

Tony Jex, at OzManagement, is the band's booker. When you book Greg Poppleton, Tony can also supply you, at your request, sound, lights and staging in a one-stop shop A/V deal.

It saves you time and money.

And it guarantees you perfect sound and ambience every time.

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Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s singer based in Sydney

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Thank you Aron Downie from Macquarie University for the photos and for permission to use them.

Singing 1920s Songs on Vintage Trains

After entertaining passengers on vintage train trips in February, Greg Poppleton was invited back to entertain on the 'The Hydro Express' and 'The Highlander'.

Greg sang the songs of the 1920s and joked with passengers on the vintage trains with Paul Baker, banjo, on the Hydro Express, and then the next day with Grahame Conlon, guitar, on The Highlander.

Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Paul Baker banjo in the Guards Van of The Hydro Express Greg Poppleton 1920s singer and Paul Baker banjo in the Guards Van of The Hydro Express

The Observation car of the Hydro Express waiting at Sydney's Country Train Terminal
The Observation car of the Hydro Express waiting at Sydney's Country Train Terminal

The Hydro Express heritage train ran from Sydney to Medlow Bath for High Tea at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel. Guests traveled in their choice of three classes - Standard, Premier or Lounge.

The Highland climbing the Illawarra Escarpment
The Highland climbing the Illawarra Escarpment

Greg Poppleton and Grahame Conlon on The Highlan
Greg Poppleton and Grahame Conlon on The Highlander

The view of Stanwell Park beach from the train
The view of Stanwell Park beach from the train

The Highlander ran from Sydney via Unanderra (where Greg will be singing, 12 January) to Robertson and then Moss Vale. It traveled up the Illawarra Escarpment through temperate rainforest and with views over lake Illawarra and the Tasman Sea. Many guests alighted at Robertson for High Tea at Ranelagh House.

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Great Gatsby Bash

Well, Old Sport, on Sunday August 19 it was time to party like it was 1925...

It was Great Gatsby party time with Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, his Jazz Deco band, the All About Swing dancers and more.

Greg Poppleton 1920s Jazz Deco Quartet

In the Jazz Deco band were:
Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s singer
Geoff Power - trumpet and sousaphone
Grahame Conlon - guitar and banjo
Adam Barnard - drums and washboard

greg poppleton 1920s great gatsby jazz trio based in Sydney

Held in an exclusive mansion, Beyond Cinema, hosted a screening party featuring Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film of the 1920s F Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby. Before arrival, all 800 attendees were assigned a character for the evening with a dress code to suit.

Great Gatsby party with Greg Poppleton

Aden and Carly-Anne from Beyond Cinema know how to throw a bash, with secret rooms and gardens to explore along with dancers, jazz and fireworks to get you into the Jazz Age action.

There was a selection of dining packages in different rooms of the mansion, with Greg Poppleton entertaining in Jay Gatsby's own massive dining room. And there was four hours of unlimited booze and not a drunk in the joint.

Greg Poppleton singers view of Great Gatsby party

In the grand banquet hall, Greg Poppleton sang three songs from his forthcoming album which will be on Bandcamp late in 2018. Greg began by racing through the crowd looking for his 'Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue'.

greg poppleton 1920s singer at great gatsby party

Then came the blues plaintive, Sugar. Here's Greg snapped singing Sugar to Lesley downloaded from her Facebook review of the night.

Shortly after this a clapping circle formed around Greg while he was Singing in the Bathtub, certainly not all alone.

Greg Poppleton singing Sugar in Gatsby's Banquet Room

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Santo Grasso Jazz Photos

Last Sunday, I took my 1920s - 1930s Jazz Deco band to Sydney Rowing Club, overlooking the Parramatta River to play an afternoon of music, fun and dancing.

And there was lots of dancing and lots of fun. It's an inspiration to play to dancers. It's a joy to play to such a warm and appreciative audience.

SANTO GRASSO JAZZ PHOTOS What a wonderful surprise then, just before downbeat on the first set, to see my favourite photographer, Santo Grasso. He'd come along to take photos of the band.

Now he's generously sharing them with us here.

Please check out Santo's wonderfully evocative photos of Sydney on his instagram page. Start following him! https://www.instagram.com/explore__sydney/

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s - 1930s singer Greg Poppleton - authentic 1920s - 1930s singer

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Band - Damon Poppleton alto sax - Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo - Thomas Wade double bass - Adam Barnard drums and washboard
Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco Band - Damon Poppleton alto sax - Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo - Thomas Wade double bass - Adam Barnard drums and washboard

Damon Poppleton alto sax
Damon Poppleton alto sax

Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo
Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo

Thomas Wade double bass
Thomas Wade double bass

Greg Poppleton singing through the red 1920s megaphone
Greg Poppleton singing through the red 1920s megaphone

Adam Barnard washboard and percussion
Adam Barnard washboard and percussion

Dancing to the Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s band at Sydney Rowers - a photo I took from behind the microphone
Dancing to the Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s band at Sydney Rowers - a photo I took from behind the microphone

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Yes We Have No Bananas - Country Version

Why is the focus on cows in this clip about bananas?

That's a good question. Particularly since cows aren't mentioned in the song.

THE STORY IS THIS

I took the film you see in the clip while walking between the towns of Kiama and Gerringong in New South Wales. I saw this small herd sheltering from the hot sun under some small trees in the green, green grass. I perched my pocket camera on the thickest branch of a bush and filmed them. It was a little bit breezy, so the branch swayed, hence the unsteady clip. These cows look so contented!

ALBUM

Six months later, when I released this song in the album Back In Your Own Backyard, I chose the film to accompany this upbeat version of 'Yes, I Have No Bananas' because of the tension between the fast tempo of the song and the laid-back 'tempo' of the cows. I also like that, to my not pitch-prefect ears, that where I placed the moos the cows make in the beginning of the mix, the note seems to be close to the same note as the banjo makes, just a bit flat and an octave down. The song is in Bb. The cow is mooing in B very b

BAND

Greg Poppleton - 1920s vocals Geoff Power - sousaphone, trumpet and trombone Paul Furniss - alto sax and clarinet Grahame Conlon - Spanish guitar Lawrie Thompson - drums and washboard

Speakeasy House Party

The Greg Poppleton 1920s-1930s Trio played for a speakeasy themed house party. We went down so well we were handsomely tipped at the end by the generous host.

There was such an array of creative, talented, fun-loving people at the party who danced to Greg Poppleton 1920s-30s vocals with Grahame Conlon banjo and guitar and Geoff Power sousaphone and trumpet.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz at a house party
Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz at a house party[/caption]

We set up in a corner of the lounge room, loading in and setting up very carefully so as not to knock anything in the house.

We used a small PA for the vocal mic and banjo. The guitar was played through a small amp. The trumpet and sousaphone did not need to be mic'd at all.

And I supplied intermission music including 1930 radio broadcasts by the Philco Orchestra and 1933 Cocoanut Grove broadcasts by the Phil Harris Orchestra.

Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet
Greg Poppleton, authentic jazz deco singer with trumpet

The overall effect was a balanced 1920s-30s sound that was not loud. Guests could talk easily where the band played. Some were even sitting on couches right next to me as I sang. That's how the photo above was taken.

Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton's swing at a house party
Dancing the Charleston to Greg Poppleton's swing at a house party

And as always I sang personally to every guest who wanted to engage (which was everyone). No-one felt left out.

I had a bad case of (non-contagious) laryngitis, so my singing was sounding somewhere between Tom Waits and Rochester from the 'Jack Benny Show'. I wish had recorded some of it. The show must go on!

A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio
A blur of action with Geoff Power sousaphone and Grahame Conlon banjo in the Greg Poppleton 1920s Trio

Some of the guests sang, too. 'Dark Eyes' and 'Mission to Moscow' were sung with much love by a duet of friends in Russian. An international opera tenor did a beautiful version of 'Autumn Leaves'. And a former back-up singer for punk bands joined me on 'Lili Marleen'.

Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit 'The Way You Look Tonight' in Greg Poppleton's trio
Grahame Conlon with his jazz guitar playing the 1936 hit 'The Way You Look Tonight' in Greg Poppleton's trio

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Swing Dancing To Greg Poppleton In Penrith

Greg Poppleton returned to Penrith RSL Saturday 30 June for another of his popular 1920s - 1930s jazz shows of swinging songs from the Great American Songbook.

And Greg will be back at Penrith RSL for dancers, Saturday 10 November, 2-5pm. FREE.

Swing dancers Sue Ann and Sandy pose with singer Greg Poppleton, Dave Clayton double bass and Damon Poppleton alto sax.
Swing dancers Sue Ann and Sandy pose with singer Greg Poppleton, Dave Clayton double bass and Damon Poppleton alto sax.

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s informal. And there was plenty of dancing. Swing dancers are always welcome with a good sized dance floor.

Gary and Deborah dancing to Greg Poppleton
Gary and Deborah dancing to Greg Poppleton

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

Unlike other jazz singers who find jazz after a journey through rock, opera or miming to a parent’s record collection of snappy-fingered Vegas crooners, Greg’s 1920s-30s vocals are authentic and original.

He fell in love with the music age three. That's when he first heard Louis Armstrong.

Dancing to Greg Poppleton with Bob Gillespie drums, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Dave Clayton double bass and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.
Dancing to Greg Poppleton with Bob Gillespie drums, Damon Poppleton alto sax, Dave Clayton double bass and Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer

Critics in Australia and the U.S are unanimous in saying that “Greg Poppleton captures the essence of the 1920s-1930s with uncanny accuracy.”

He has over 1.2 million total YouTube views for his four albums. That makes him Australia’s most listened to YouTube jazz singer without TV exposure.

He returned to Penrith RSL, Saturday 30 June, with his Jazz Deco band.

Greg Poppleton with Dave Clayton on double bass
Greg Poppleton with Dave Clayton on double bass

Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band instruments on stage
Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band instruments on stage.

In the band was Greg’s up-and-coming 15 year old jazz alto saxophonist son, Damon Poppleton.

Grahame Conlon, who was in Ricky May’s band was on guitar.

Blue Mountains double bassist, Dave Clayton, who was in Mic Conway’s Hiccup Band played double bass.

And Penrith local, Bob Gillespie, who played in Maynard Ferguson’s English Orchestra, was musical director for Lovelace Watkins and was drummer for the 1990s Australian tour band of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra, was on drums.

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

Greg Poppleton and his Jazz Deco band will be back for more 1920s jazz, 1930s swing and dancing at,
Penrith RSL
8 Tindale St, Penrith
Saturday 10 November 2-5pm. FREE!

Free parking. Dance floor. Bar, bistro and child friendly.
PLUS grow 2" taller, increase your attractiveness, ensure promotion at work, boost your confidence, stimulate hair growth and increase your IQ!

Contact Greg through OzManagement for your event: www.gregpoppletonmusic.com/contact

Photos - Swing Dancing As Greg Poppleton Makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Photos from the final day of Greg Poppleton making Jazz Deco Pop at Sydney's Transport Heritage Expo which ran 9 - 11 June. Enjoy!

Thank you to the swing dancers from Swing Patrol, Swingtime, Swingaroo, Harbour City Hoppers and All About Swing who danced toGreg Poppleton's 1920s-1930s jazz deco swing.

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s Singer makes Jazz Deco Pop!
Greg Poppleton 1920s - 30s Singer makes Jazz Deco Pop!

Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancing to Greg Poppleton

Swing dancers watched by an appreciative audience dancing to Greg Poppleton
Swing dancers watched by an appreciative audience dancing to Greg Poppleton

The Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco trio - Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard
The Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco trio - Geoff Power sousaphone doubling trumpet, Grahame Conlon guitar and Adam Barnard washboard

Grahame Conlon guitar in the Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band
Grahame Conlon guitar in the Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band

Geoff Power cornet with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Geoff Power cornet with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band


Adam Barnard washboard with Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s band

Swing dancers and the Greg Poppleton quartet
Swing dancers and the Greg Poppleton quartet

And, of course, the vintage trains!
And, of course, the vintage trains!

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One Red Rose

A fresh Greg Poppleton Jazz Deco band line-up played today at Sydney's Edwardian Central Station Concourse for the annual Transport Heritage Expo.

Did you see the Transport Heritage Expo story on Saturday's evening news? https://www.facebook.com/7newssydney/videos/2151746698182785/

With Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-1930s singer were,
- Damon Poppleton alto sax
- Paul Baker banjo
- Dave Clayton double bass.

A woman rushed up to my megaphone and placed a long-stemmed red rose in it while we were playing.

Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.
Damon Poppleton holding the red rose the band was given.

We're at the Transport Heritage Expo Monday 11 June, too. Playing from 10am - 2pm with sousaphone doubling trumpet, guitar doubling banjo and washboard doubling snare.

Here's some more photos from today. Though there must be thousands more out in the wide blue internet from all the clicks and film taken today.

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Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer with his 1920s microphone and the wonderful audience.

Dave Clayton - double bass with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band
Dave Clayton - double bass with Greg Poppleton's Jazz Deco band

The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.
The Greg Poppleton band playing jazz and swing from the 1920s - 1930s. Damon Poppleton alto sax, Paul Baker banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

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We Were Swing Dancer Bombed

Greg Poppleton's jazz deco swing quartet played the songs of the 1920s - 1930s today at Sydney's Central Station.

Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s singer

Greg Poppleton quartet

We're playing at Central all June Long Weekend (June 9, 10 and 11) for the Transport Heritage Expo.

I just realised as I write this that today is the 34th anniversary of my first radio broadcast. But that's by-the-by.

Today, we were 'Swing Dancer Bombed' with dancers from Swing Patrol, Swingtime - Dance School, Shagaroo Collegiate Shag and Harbour City Hoppers!! At Central this Sun & Mon, too 10am-2pm.

Check out the video! Enjoy...

Greg Poppleton 1940s VE Day GI Dance

Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 30s singer and his Jazz Deco trio had the honour of playing for dancers at Elizabeth Bay House for the exclusive 2012 VE Day GI Dance.

Greg sang the songs popular in the early 1940s in his naturally true-to-the-era dance band singer style.

Some say his voice reminds them of Al Bowlly. Others say Ray Eberle.

And his small band is definitely 1940s Sydney when the majority of bands playing for dancers through the suburbs were trios to sextets. (Check out Greg Poppleton's ABC Radio National documentary about Sydney's 1942-45 Booker T Washington Club for U.S African-American service personnel. The band that played there was mainly a quartet.)

This fantastic evening celebrated the GI Dances held across Sydney in grand houses like Elizabeth Bay House during the Second World War.

Greg Poppleton Trio at the 2012 VE Day GI Dance
Greg Poppleton Trio at the VE Day GI Dance

Over a hundred guests filled the historic mansion dressed in 1940s style, many in authentic 1940s uniforms.

They danced to Greg Poppleton playing A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, White Cliffs Of Dover, I've Heard That Song Before and many other pop songs of the early 1940s.

At the end of the night, the band lead the guests in singing We'll Meet Again, Vera Lynn's post-WWII hit Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart. Guests calling for an encore spontaneously sang out two choruses of Bless Them All as a gloriously emotional end to the dancing!

Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton
Guests dressed in 1940s style dancing to Greg Poppleton

Guests were also treated at the dance to period 1940s cuisine, swing dance classes, 1940s makeovers, live drawing classes, the very funny '1940s paperboy' MC with prizes for the best-dressed

All guests were gloriously dressed in vintage style, with many in authentic clothes and uniforms from the era, as you can see in the photos.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only 1920s - 1930s style singer with duo to 6-piece band. He can also offer a 1920s Great Gatsby Orchestra and 1930s-40s Swing Orchestra playing Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

Contact Greg through Tony Jex at OzManagement.

Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting
Greg Poppleton, dancers and festive VE Day bunting

Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing
Greg Poppleton played 1940s pop songs that had everyone dancing

Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs Guests sang along with the band on the last two songs

Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor
Greg Poppleton filled the dance floor

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Another Triumph For Art In Wollongong

It's always a great pleasure singing the songs of the 1920s - 30s to the always appreciative audience in The Basement of The Builders Club, Wollongong.

And it's also always a great joy to sing with swinging Grahame Conlon on guitar and doubling on banjo, and the spontaneous Dave Clayton on double bass.

Songs in English, German, Italian and Spanish included Tip Toe Through The Tulips, El Mansiero, Dove e Quando?, Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt and My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.

The Builders Club has jazz in The Basement every Sunday 2:30 - 5:30pm. Free!

We'll be back at The Builders Club in August and November. We hope to see you there, too. And if you want Greg Poppleton at your place, Enquire Now

The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong
The Builders Club, 61 Church Street, Wollongong


Greg Poppleton - 1920s-1930s singer with Dave Clayton on double bass at The Builders Club, Wollongong, Sunday 6 May

The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone
The Greg Poppleton 1920s Ear Trumpet suspension microphone

Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton
Grahame Conlon guitar (and doubling banjo) with Greg Poppleton

Dave Clayton feeling 'I Got Rhythm' on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.
Dave Clayton feeling 'I Got Rhythm' on double bass, Greg Poppleton jazz deco band.

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Keeping a Room Full by Making Jazz Deco Pop!

The brief: to keep the room as full as possible on a Sunday 3-6pm after the lunch rush to a largely 'non-jazz' audience.

On Sunday, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer, Greg Poppleton, returned with his Jazz Deco music to Sydney Rowing Club. And we'll be back at there, Sunday 5 August.

Enjoy these photos from the Greg Poppleton Sydney Rowers show.

Greg Poppleton makes jazz deco op

SUNDAY JAZZ

By the beautiful Parramatta River... Sunday jazz greg poppleton sydney rowing club 22 april

GREG POPPLETON MAKES JAZZ DECO POP!

Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer and band... greg poppleton sydney 1920s 1930s jazz singer

ALL ABOUT SWING

Cody and Lexie from All About Swing strutted their stuff on the dance carpet. Other couples joined in when we went Latin with songs like Amapola, El Mansiero, Tea for Two and South of the Border.

all about swing dancers cody and lexieCody and Lexie dancing to Greg Poppleton 1920s 1930s swing jazz band

IN THE GREG POPPLETON BAND: ALTO SAX

Damon Poppleton... Damon Poppleton alto sax

WASHBOARD AND DRUMS

Adam Barnard... Adam Barnard drums and washboard

DOUBLE BASS

Dave Clayton, who also joined Greg in a vocal duet on 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'. Dave Clayton double bass

GUITAR AND BANJO

Grahame Conlon... Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo

BOOKINGS

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