Blue Mountains pianist, Alan Johnson, first performed at the Mountain Heritage in 1982 and has been the hotel’s resident pianist ever since. Alan isn’t just a ‘player for hire’ – Alan is keeping a 1920s tradition alive. Music has been a feature of the Mountain Heritage, previously The California, since it opened in 1908 and by the 1920’s the hotel had become a favourite haunt for the stars of radio, stage and screen. The Herald reported that the hotel was ‘the largest and most palatial guesthouse in the southern hemisphere with … a neon lighted ballroom, an in-house entertainer and a permanent orchestra.’ The California was the place to be in the 20s and Alan isn’t just providing light entertainment in a Hotel Lounge, he is bringing the hotel’s past into the present, in a world full of iTunes, Spotify playlists, and pre-recorded background easy listening jazz.
As part of the Roaring 20s Festival throughout February, Alan will reprise many of the 1920’s hit tunes that were sung around the piano – songs that were written purely to be sung with gusto in cheerful company. Casual, impromptu and joyous, Alan will be at the Grand Piano every Saturday Night between 6 and 10 pm inviting any ‘old soul’ to join him in a song. Come along and enjoy a favourite past time of the 20’s in a hotel that lived a life in the 20’s. If that wasn’t enough, The Mountain Heritage is home to Jamison Views Restaurant and The California Cocktail Bar. Pull up a stool at the bar to enjoy a 1920’s cocktail, then move into the Restaurant and soak up one of the few dining experiences in the Mountains with spectacular views.