New Zealand Blues Singer – Miss Poppy’s story

The fabulous Miss Poppy has popped up all over the place in the last 20 years. With the ancestry of her Tribal home in the Whangaruru area of New Zealand still very much at heart, Miss Poppy has sung and entertained her way around New Zealand and Australia, thrilling thousands of Blues, Gospel and Classical music devotees, winning the first WA Blues Singer Award. From the North Island of New Zealand to Perth, the Australian Katoomba, Lithgow, Parramatta, Blacktown, Sydney, Leura regions and all points in between Miss Poppy has sung her way into people’s hearts, before finally returning to Perth.

Miss Poppy’s story is interesting, inspiring and a remarkable tale of courage in the face of major hurdles. After recovering from a Stroke, and bad management, Miss Poppy found Perth to be her solace with a well earned rest from the hectic music business.

For now, Miss Poppy has embarked on another career with the assistance of the Belmont Enterprise Centre and the Textile, Footwear and Clothing  organisation. Miss Poppy has again seen success with the recent launch of her own clothing line called, what else of course, but Miss Poppy Designs! Her first showing was for a line of corporate suits with Tribal designs under her brand new label of Joe Henry – named after her late brother, Joe Henry Wells.

Miss Poppy plans to take her new Fashion label back to New Zealand to assist with the micro industry in the Whangaruru area. Her particular focus will be on the Afro-American theme.

At a recent TCF function where SHI Symbol showed their latest range of merchandise, Miss Poppy was so taken with what SHI Symbol means and how much freedom it afforded her to chat with others, she wanted one for herself, but to wear with her Tribal symbol. This way, not only do other Singles see she is Single, Happy and Interested, but is also a proud member of the Whangaruru community. “It gives me the freedom to strike up a conversation with others wearing the symbol in a more sincere and non-threatening, caring way  Having a SHI Symbol gives people alternative opportunities for them to get together which is great for me because I’m not so keen on Internet Dating – all the romance seems to have been taken out of it.  explained Miss Poppy.

Miss Poppy still entertains us at various events, generally in conjunction with the BEC. So, if you’d like to once again see Miss Poppy ‘in action’, watch this space and we’ll let you know when the next function is on.

Singer and Fashion Designer Miss Poppy with her SHI Symbol and Tribal Pendant

Singer and Fashion Designer Miss Poppy with her SHI Symbol and Tribal Pendant

3 responses to “New Zealand Blues Singer – Miss Poppy’s story

  1. Bert Kokshoorn

    I am very curious to find out if this is the same Miss Poppy that I met in Perth many times when her beautiful voice could be heard all over the Fremantle Market and beyond? I puchased her audio tape and still play it regularly to my wife!
    If this is the same lady I would love to know the name of the instrument that she played on her lap at that time, it was a string instrument and around 1992 to approx 1996. I live in Victoria and visited Perth regularly!

    Kindest Regards

  2. Hello Bert – well Miss Poppy must have made an impact on you. Her voice is truly beautiful and it is THE SAME MISS POPPY you so fondly remember. Re the instrument she played on her lap – that I can’t tell you, but I will get in contact with her and maybe she’ll enlighten us via this Blog, so do check it regularly and I hope you get to find out – then we will too.
    By the way, when are you coming back to Perth? YOu never know you might just get to hear her sing again…
    All the best, Jan from SHI Symbol

  3. Bert Kokshoorn

    Hi Jan.

    Thank you so much for your rapid reply, yes the lady had a huge impact on me, we followed her all over Perth, all the markets etc.

    I was however back in Perth in 2004 and looked for her everywhere but couldn’t find her, and when I asked
    about the famous Poppy they looked at me as if I had two heads so I gave up, but last week I again listened to her tape which I have converted to CD and thought I am going to check the internet again!
    Now I’m so glad I did!
    We hope to get back to Perth in the very near future.

    Kind Regards


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