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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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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Beautiful Seacliff Wedding in Gerringong

Greg Poppleton and his jazz deco 1920s-30s quartet had the great honour of being part of Marguerite and Andrew's beautiful wedding reception at Seacliff in Gerringong.

It was especially touching to sing their especially meaningful requested song, 'At Last', as they made their entrance into the reception to family and friends.

Marguerite and Andrew chose the Greg Poppleton jazz deco quartet to play for their 1920s styled reception. And as the photographer said to me, "live music, well played, really lifts the vibe at a wedding. You can feel it."

Greg poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet
Greg Poppleton jazz deco 1920s-1930s quartet

The Greg Poppleton band played 1920s instrumentals until dinner. Then Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer serenaded the party with songs from the Jazz Age.

Marguerite and Andrew asked Greg to sing, 'At Last', for when they entered the reception to huge whistles and applause.

"At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over, and life is like a song..."

'At Last' was introduced by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade.  Etta James later recorded the most famous version. Beyonce has also sung it in an Etta James tribute.

In Greg Poppleton's jazz deco quartet were:
- Greg Poppleton, Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer
- Geoff Power, trumpet and sousaphone
- Dr Mark Pinner, clarinet, alto sax and baritone sax
- Grahame Conlon, guitar and banjo


The reception was held in the romantic Seacliff barn, overlooking Weeri Lagoon. Looking at Werri brought back happy memories for me of walking there from Kiama during a recent holiday with my family.

Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn
Werri Lagoon at dusk from Seacliff barn

For those of you familiar with the NSW Southcoast, Seacliff is the stunning white farmhouse just at the Princes Highway turnoff into Gerringong.

Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW
Seacliff farmhouse. Gerringong NSW

Greg Poppleton booking enquiries: Email: tony@ozmanagement.com   |   0407 941 263

Bush Bank Wedding with Greg Poppleton 4 Nov 2017

Saturday night and Greg Poppleton was singing the songs of the 1920s and 1930s with his band at Simon and Aleis' beautiful 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.

I took some photos to show you. In the meantime, find out about having Greg Poppleton at your wedding...


Dancing to Greg Poppleton and his 1920s - 1930s band at Simon and Aleis' perfect wedding, Bush Bank, Kiama.

The Illawarra is famous for its giant Port Jackson fig trees. The area was once a rainforest. The big wedding fig tree at Bush Bank.
The Illawarra is famous for its giant Port Jackson fig trees (and Cabbage Palms). The area was once a rainforest. The big wedding fig tree at Bush Bank.

Greg Poppleton's band of red hot 1920s-30s jazz musicians. (L-r) Glenn Henrich soprano, alto, baritone sax, clarinet and piccolo, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone.
Greg Poppleton's band of red hot 1920s-30s jazz musicians. (L-r) Glenn Henrich soprano, alto, baritone sax, clarinet and piccolo, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Adam Barnard drums and washboard, Geoff Power trumpet and sousaphone.

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer. Left, Glenn Henrich baritone sax. Right, Geoff Power trumpet.
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s-30s singer. Left, Glenn Henrich baritone sax. Right, Geoff Power trumpet.

Looking out of the marquee at Bush Bank and across the cow paddocks to the Pacific Ocean
Looking out of the marquee at Bush Bank and across the cow paddocks to the Pacific Ocean

To book Greg Poppleton for your wedding, event or party, please visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com
FILM OF THE LOCAL AREA
Set to music from Greg's latest 1920s-30s album Back In Your Own Backyard.

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!

1920s-30s Singer Speakeasy Photos – Builders Club Wollongong Show 22 October

It's always a pleasure to be invited back to The Basement in Wollongong to sing the songs of the 1920s - 1930s with my band - Damon Poppleton alto sax, Grahame Conlon guitar and banjo, Dave Clayton double bass.

We turn the intimate cellar into a speakeasy with authentic 1920s - 30s vocals and songs.

We introduced some new old songs to the repertoire for The Basement in the Wollongong Builders Club, including The Continental (as sung by Ginger Rogers), My Canary Has Circle Under His Eyes (as sing by Marion Harris) and Singing In The Bathtub (as sing by Winnie Lightner).

I took some photos for you.

We're playing next at Penrith RSL, 8 Tindale St Penrith, Saturday 11 November, 2 - 5pm. FREE!

For more info about the band and band bookings, please visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com

Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing singer and band leader
Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s and leader

Damon Poppleton, alto sax, with Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz band
Damon Poppleton, alto sax, with Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz band

Dave Clayton, double bass, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band
Dave Clayton, double bass, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band

Grahame Conlon, guitar doubling banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band
Grahame Conlon, guitar doubling banjo, Greg Poppleton 1920s - 1930s jazz swing band

Builders Club mural, Wollongong
Builders Club mural, Wollongong

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Illawarra Jazz Club 7 October

Every Saturday, the Illawarra Jazz Club in Wollongong, hosts a jazz band at the Corrimal Hotel on the Princes Highway in Corrimal.

Sometimes the bands are small groups, other times they are big bands. Many local bands and singers are featured.

Greg Poppleton and band were invited to play on Saturday 7 October.

The brief was to use as many outstanding young players as possible in a 1920s - 30s quartet who could play in the style.

So the band featured Damon Poppleton (14) on alto sax, Michael Brady (22) on guitarlele and banjo, Jim Elliott bass sax, Adam Barnard on snare, bells, splash cymbal and washboard, and myself singing the songs of the Jazz Age and Swing Era.

What a fun afternoon. It was full house from 3:30 till the show's end at 6:30pm. And the Jazz Club told me it was the largest turnout in some months.

As always, I snapped some photos for you. Enjoy!

We'll be back in Wollongong at the Builders' Club, 61 Church St Wollongong, 2:30-5:30pm Sunday 22 October. Free! We hope you can drop by!

Have us at your place! Visit the band website www.gregpoppletonmusic.com.

Adam Barnard on washboard
Adam Barnard on washboard

Damon Poppleton, alto sax
Damon Poppleton, alto sax

Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing
Dancing to Greg Poppleton's 1920s - 1930s jazz and swing

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

The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel
The Greg Poppleton band at Corrimal Hotel

Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo
Michael Brady on the guitarlele doubling banjo

Jim Elliott, bass sax
Jim Elliott, bass sax

Ever Heard A Metamodern Band? Now's Your Chance

Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club
Greg Poppleton, 1920s singer, at the Illawarra Jazz Club Derrida said,
“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?
There’s a bistro. A bar. And no PA!


Greg Poppleton, Corrimal Hotel, Sat 7 Oct

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“Thank you for the most amazing gig and for asking me to sing with you...what an honour. You had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand. They loved you and Cazzbo on sousaphone hit the spot as well. We will definitely get you back some time.” Shelley Rae King, President Illawarra Jazz Club Illawarra Jazz Festival Newspaper HeadlineIllawarra Greg Poppleton   Illawarra Jazz Newspaper Aricle
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