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New CD "Doin’ The Charleston" By Greg Poppleton And The Bakelite Broadcasters


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With the same maverick spirit that produced The Phantom Dancer (the sold-out first CD and the award-winning, national community radio show), Doin' The Charleston, is the long-awaited second album from Greg Poppleton

“Captures that decade's [1920] vocal style to perfection," Kevin Jones, 102.5FM Fine Music Sydney, formerly jazz critic for The Australian

“Poppleton captures the essence of the swing years with uncanny accuracy" —

“Greg Poppleton's music always hits the spot - so authentic sounding!" —Women's Vintage Radio Hour, KMRN Gillespie Network

“Fresh, original” —

“There were many happy faces in the audience. Greg's interpretations, including dancing, swaying, staring and facial gymnastics made the music all the more interesting and amusing. They will be back!" (re-booked twice) Warren Fahey AM, record producer and music historian

“Awesome. Totally fun” —Jesse Miner, Manu Smith, “Hey Mr Jesse" podcast

“Greg nails the 20s vocal stylings” —Bill Lawson, Radio Adelaide

Recorded live-in-studio in just 5 hours, ‘Doin’ The Charleston’, is the first document of Greg Poppleton as a purely Roaring 20s Speakeasy 5- piece. There are more layers, more stylistic tangents than before, with a DNA recovered from the very bones of smoking, catchy, 1920s speakeasy pop. At the forefront is the undeniably authentic and unique Roaring 20s vocal style of Greg Poppleton

A pre-release spin of Doin The Charleston at the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival had swing dancers crowding the dance floor.

The whole CD was played in an hour special with interviews by 'The Fifth Beatle', Bob Rogers on Sydney commercial radio 2CH. It was jazz CD of the week on ArtSoundFM Canberra and 5MBS Adelaide

Greg Poppleton is very proud of the results, “For me, Doin’ The Charleston, is all about the songs, how they line up, intertwine, switch partners and promenade home”

Greg has expanded his 3.5 octave sonic palette with a long list of influences to forge his own sound. Heir to a tradition of finely-crafted, dramatic, confessional music that explores the ups and downs of life and love with a keenly-observed honesty that touches all who hear, Greg Poppleton is backed by what really is an all-star speakeasy band of world- touring jazz musicians…

Paul Furniss weaves shimmering, infectious, toe-tapping anthems using soprano, alto, tenor saxophones and clarinet. Al Davey wails, growls and caresses on trumpet and trombone. He brings together the brightest elements and darkest undertones in a unique blend of unshackled two-beat. Grahame Conlon’s banjo demands attention weaving audacious fat chords around the pulsing, minimalist sousaphone loops of Rod Herbert and ARIA nominee Geoff Power and the chemically infused drum beats and bootleg hooch washboard laid down by Bell band legend, Lawrie Thompson

The quintet makes lullabies, lush dreamy vintage pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of hot, danceable jazz. Vocal hooks are inescapable, lush productions uncannily authentic to the Roaring 20s, as sophisticated and pristine as anything on a 78 disc. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’s’ 14 tracks (including a bonus alternate take on the soaring St James Infirmary) trace a unique aesthetic universe that is fully-crafted and fully-realised, deftly walking the lines between joyous exhilaration and otherworldly rapture, pleasure-centre pop and total self-possession

It has been described as the Temperance Seven meets’ Don Byron’s Bug Music

Greg Poppleton’ is a universe that invites exploration and demands revisiting. ‘Doin’ The Charleston’ is a journey from darkness to light, from anger to love, from chaos to order. Buy at Bandcamp, and CD Baby.

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