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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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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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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

Swingin' At The Speakeasy

Wednesday night, 26 April, Greg Poppleton and band returned to Palmer & Co to play at the Wednesday night 'Swinging At The Speakeasy'.

One couple at the bar, enjoying Greg Poppleton and band, told me that our energetic, swinging, 1920s performance made them think they were back in New York City.

With Greg Poppleton in the band were Paul Furniss clarinet, Paul Baker banjo and Greg Chilcott sousaphone.

Sydney swing dance school, All About Swing, headed by Siobhan and Matthew, dress up for Swinging at the Speakeasy and dance to live bands. Free!

Authentic 1920s singer Greg Poppleton with his 1920s-30s duo to full 1920s orchestra is also available for all your entertainment needs. Request a quote now.

Here are some photos from Greg Poppleton Swinging At The Speakeasy. Photo credits: Pia, Siobhan, Tarsh and Katrina...

1920s jazz trio
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s-30s singer and band (Paul Baker banjo, Greg Chilcott sousaphone, Paul Furniss clarinet (out of shot) Swinging At The Speakeasy.

swing dancers and audience
The vibe at Swinging At The Speakeasy as Greg Poppleton played.

dancers and 1920s Greg poppleton jazz band Greg Poppleton 1920s band with the
All About Swing
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swing dancers dip with Greg Poppleton swing jazz band
The dipsy doodle

singing to the swing dancer
Greg Poppleton singing to dancer Siobhan Ford

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Greg Poppleton Swingin' at the Speakeasy. Greg is singing the 1920s dance classic, The Charleston, to the All About Swing dancers.

Gin Mill Social 29 July

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 July Gin Mill Social sold out. Greg Poppleton sing through a real 1920s megaphone

The July Gin Mill Social sold out. Greg Poppleton sing through a real 1920s megaphone

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.

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz trio: Greg Poppleton megaphone, Paul Baker banjo, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone

Greg Poppleton 1920s jazz trio: Greg Poppleton megaphone, Paul Baker banjo, Geoff Power cornet doubling sousaphone

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Greg Poppleton singing to the bride

Greg Poppleton singing to the bride

Now, back to July’s Gin Mill Social…

Missy stunned with her globe poses and fan dance.

Missy strikes a pose

Missy strikes a pose

Mr Gorski amazed with his fine balancing and juggling.

Mr Gorski balances a bottle on a balloon on a knife while surfing a board balancing on a rolling cylinder

Mr Gorski balances a bottle on a balloon on a knife while surfing a board balancing on a rolling cylinder

The four course dinner was spectacular, as were the cocktails.

The second course

The second course

MC Lou P Lou charmed the crowd.

Mr Gorski and MC Lou P Lou

Mr Gorski and MC Lou P Lou

Of course, being Prohibition, there was a raid!

It's a raid!

It's a raid!

The next Gin Mill Social is Saturday 16 September. Hurry and get your Tickets now before it sells out again.

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Dancing to Greg Poppleton

Dancing to Greg Poppleton