trains

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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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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Singing 1920s Songs on The Highlander and The Hydro Express, Roaring 20s Festival

We took a trip on a train, and we thought about you.

Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February, Greg Poppleton authentic 1920s-30s singer, and Grahame Conlon guitar, serenaded passengers on two special historic train trips run by friends at the NSW Rail Museum.

And here am I, holding a contemplative show, thinking about you and the 1920s songs I'm about to sing. The location is the wooden 1920s guards van, the duo's 'green room', in one of these historic trains...



  SATURDAY - THE HIGHLANDER

The train on Saturday was The HIghlander, a 1950s diesel. Here it is at Bowral...



The Highlander took passengers to Bowral in the Southern Highlands for lunch.

Then, the train traveled along the scenic Unanderra-Moss Vale railway line, down the Illawarra escarpment and returned to Sydney via the South Coast and through the Royal National Park.

  SUNDAY - THE HYDRO EXPRESS

On Sunday, the Hydro Express took party-goers on a scenic day trip to the Blue Mountains for High Tea at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel during the Roaring 20s Festival.

Here's Grahame and I on The Hydro Express...



The Roaring 20s Festival is the festival where I've been singing for dancers with the band at the Great Art Deco Ball since 2012.

At Central Station, before heading up the mountains, I took this snap of The Hydro Express'  observation carriage...



And here was the view from the observation carriage as The Hydro Express pulled into Medlow Bath station in the mountain mist...



To book Greg Poppleton's 1920s-30s band and orchestra for your event, contact Tony Jex at OzManagement... 0407 941 263 info@ozmanagement.com