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Penrith RSL Remembrance Day, Greg Poppleton, Bob Gillespie, Lovelace Watkins and Marion Harris

Greg Poppleton and his band of 1920s - 1930s jazz swing musicians had a fantastic Saturday. We played two fun jazz gigs audiences greatly enjoyed and danced to - Penrith RSL Saturday Jazz, followed by 'Deckers in the Night' at the Sydney Bus Museum.

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,
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...

Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years
Greg Poppleton and band have been regulars at Penrith RSL jazz for 9 years

Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer
Greg Poppleton is Australia's only authentic 1920s - 1930s singer

The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.
The Greg Poppleton band for the 11 Nov concert - Bob Gillespie drums, Stan Kenton double bass, Damon Poppleton alto sax and Grahame Conlon guitar doubling banjo.

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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...

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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

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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!

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
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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.

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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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