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Greg Poppleton

Greg Poppleton is a Sydney-based singer and actor. He is a uniquely authentic 1920s & 30s-style singer with a 3.5 octave range, described by one US jazz critic as ‘capturing the essence of the Swing Era with uncanny accuracy’

Poppleton was born in Stanmore, Sydney, the only boy out of four sisters. He gained an honours degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a graduate diploma in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney

His operatically trained voice (with a New York maestro who trained with Tito Schipa amongst others) and his authentic swinging jazz age delivery combines in a unique way that holds audiences and immediately draws comparisons to the singers of the 1920s & 30s. He sings with his Bakelite Dance Band, which is made up of some of Australia’s best internationally touring swing and jazz musicians

Poppleton is an accomplished film and TV actor. He has appeared in small scenes in the feature films, Moulin Rouge, opposite Nicole Kidman and, Dirty Deeds, opposite John Goodman. He has also appeared in the modern Australian comedy classics, Fat Pizza, and, Footy Legends, as well as in the feature film documentary, Hunt Angels, set in 1930s Sydney. His latest role, wearing prosthetics by Academy Award winner, Howard Berger, is for the latest Chronicles of Narnia movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader

On TV, Greg Poppleton has appeared in the high-rating crime show, Underbelly III, in a notorious scene that spawned its own Facebook page overnight. He has also appeared in the drama, Cops, the soapy, All Saints, the documentary series, As Australian As, the comedy series, Monster House, Backberner, and, Comedy Inc., and in 48 commercials for Australia, the US, and Japan. He was lead in the BBC Radio play, Eyewitness Blues

Poppleton broadcasts swing, jazz and dance from live 1920s-60s radio & TV twice weekly on his multi-award winning Phantom Dancer radio show over Sydney’s 107.3 2SER-FM & He has also talked on the subject on ABC Radio National and Local Radio and has produced two Swing history documentaries for ABC Radio National: one on the Booker T Washington Club in 1942-45 Sydney and one on the 1930s Swing Youth movement in Germany. He was the first English language news and music broadcaster on the national multicultural broadcaster, SBS Radio

His stage personality is engaging and he has been able to hold audiences in the palm of his hand. He tends to amuse audiences when singing up-tempo by liking to shake his head rhythmically to the beat

Poppleton has released one CD: The Phantom Dancer: 14 Swing Songs of 1926 – 1939 in Radio Review. Greg Poppleton produced the album which includes an eight page booklet with short histories on each song and previously unpublished photos from 1920s – 30s Sydney. It is available at here