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 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.