May 2017 Featured Artist: Ben Whiting
Growing up in coastal New South Wales, Ben Whiting was introduced to music at a particularly young age, both through the culture that surrounds music in the area and just through the need for self-expression. Ben was given his first guitar at age 11 and began writing songs immediately. By age 13 he was playing in rock bands in overage venues up and down the coast. "I wasn't really into sport or anything else as a kid, so that was kind of my outlet. I started my first band when I was 12 an...
Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Hello and welcome back to another installation of 'Melting Pot's Top 4' - thanks so much for sticking with us as we continue to bring you the 4 absolute must-see gigs in Melbourne this coming week. We're scouring deep and hard to find you the cream of the crop that live music in this town has to offer! -- //sunday// leadlight album launch LEADLIGHT are beyond description. Their Facebook page describes them as an 'indie folk-rock' band, but they are so much more than that. There i...
#onething – Helen Shanahan
The #onething is a new series we have put together to inspire artists (and anyone else) who follows what we're doing at Melting Pot. We're very excited to have the talented thoughtful and considered Helen Shanahan to give us her one thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vidIB5v5Lw Helen Shanahan is a folk singer/songwriter from Perth, Western Australia. Helen’s songs ride the joys and sorrows of love and life and draw the listener into an articulate and heartfelt world of story, me...
Featured Artist - Greg Steps
March 2017 Featured Artist: Jemma Nicole
Adelaide native Jemma Nicole has called Melbourne home for a while now, and her immersion into the Folk and Americana scene in this town has been a gradual, yet impressive success. Surrounding herself with like-minded and supportive musicians has built for her a loyal and knowledgeable fan base - and continued releases and new material have kept a fresh aspect to her amazingly dark-yet-uplifting country sound. Jemma has recently released her latest single, 'Guilty and Free' at the B.East...
Watch the full interview with Melting Pot's Josh Forner
Feature artist Jemma Nicole talks with Melting Pot's own Josh Forner about her background in the medical industry, the importance of the local Americana music scene, the process of recording her album (released last year) as well as revealing some exciting news about what she has planned for the rest of the year.
Artists from our latest event
Grim Fawkner is an itinerant minstrel, whose acoustic works range from upbeat folk/country, to soulful balladry, with elements of blues, pop & indie thrown in.
Lucy Wise’s masterful storytelling and musical clarity capture the hearts of audiences wherever she goes. Her soulful vocals and intricate ukulele and guitar playing have made her a festival favourite across Australia and internationally.
Inspired by the likes of Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell, Domini's poignant lyrics and transporting melodies open little windows into intimate moments. Her strong, pure voice lilts and croons across a colourful tapestry of harmonies, fingerpicked ukulele, guitar and glockenspiel.
Dan Lethbridge is a musician based in Melbourne, Australia. Part dusty folk singer/part electric guitar slinger, Dan has released three albums - the most recent being the genre-bending 'Inner Western'.
Brooke Taylor & Delsinki Records
Born and raised singer/songwriter Brooke Taylor is 5 foot 2 inches of acoustic, melodic, bluesy grunt. With a voice that can cover country to blues with equal poise and assurance, she writes with a penchant for human vulnerabilities that her audience can empathise and relate to.
Perth based singer/songwriter who, after a decade of writing, recording and touring with his bands The Infidels, High Horse and The Kill Devil Hills, recently released his debut solo album 'Words Like Young'. Nelson's tunes combine 70's west coast alt country with 90s slacker indie rock.
Domini Forster // Are You Well?
Domini Forster performing "Are You Well?" in the round with Grim Fawkner and Lucy Wise at Cromwell Studios on Friday 9th of December 2016. Domini Forster: Inspired by the likes of Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell, Domini's poignant lyrics and transporting melodies open little windows into intimate moments. Her strong, pure voice lilts and croons across a colourful tapestry of harmonies, fingerpicked ukulele, guitar and glockenspiel. https://dominiforster.com/ https://www.fa...
Lucy Wise // Winter Sun
Lucy Wise performing "Winter Sun" in the round with Grim Fawkner and Domini Forster at Cromwell Studios on Friday 9th of December 2016. Lucy Wise: Hailing from the far South Western corner of Australia, singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her unique blend of folk, chamber and pop music combined with masterful storytelling. Drawing inspiration from her background in Appalachian and Celtic folk music, as well as legendary...