Piano man to play at sailing club
POPULAR musician Jon Griffin, also known as ‘Johnny G’ will be playing his baby grand piano on Friday nights throughout December at the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC).
Griffin has been a professional entertainer in the Whitsundays for almost 20 years. He was once the resident pianist on Hamilton Island as well as playing regularly at other island resort functions and mainland venues. He is known for his versatile entertainment qualities and wide range of music, from sixties rock to today’s popular hits.
For the upcoming nights at the sailing club, Griffin said he planned to create a piano bar-type set up that was “pretty relaxed”, not loud and just generally “very pleasant”.
“Mine is the only piano in town and for a lot of people they just love to see that,” he said. “It adds a touch of class to a place.” WSC manager Angela Rae said Griffin’s baby grand piano was a great fea- ture in the club giving diners a flashback to the old days. “Thirty years ago, piano artists like Vicky Keith, John St Peter and Ryley Reid were regulars on the music scene in Airlie Beach [and] some of the most enjoyable nights were around the piano, sipping cocktails and watching the sunset with friends,” she said.
“There’s nothing like having an afterwork drink on a Friday afternoon, listening to all the great hits from the likes of Billy Joel and Elton John.”
Griffin is scheduled to play from 6-9pm each Friday night for the next four weeks at the club. There is no cover charge.