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A Whistle and a Hum


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In the current climate, it seems almost normal that we wake up to yet another story of a music venue being closed down for noise complaints, licensing issues or redevelopment, so it is certainly rare that a story emerges of a new venue making a grand opening and stamping itself onto the always rich and always vibrant Melbourne music scene.

No doubt, in my mind, this is something to be celebrated, and the people at The Mechanic’s Institute (270 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) agree, having planned a two-week launch extravaganza at the newly-built, customised Metanoia Theatre. Our friends at Graceland have jumped on board for this special occasion, organising two very special, intimate music events at the reinvigorated theatre, entitled ‘A Whistle’ and ‘A Hum’.

The events will feature some artists not too far removed from past Melting Pot events like Songwriters in the Round, including James Kenyon, Ben Whiting, Domini Forster, Dan Parsons and even our resident SITR host, Al Parkinson.

The venue will be seen as a ‘contemporary arts venue’, catering for all facets of fine contemporary art, including drama and the visual arts, and will be supported greatly by the Moreland City Council to promote and provide exposure to local artistic talent, showcase the talent to the Moreland City public and also to provide artists with workshops and educational opportunities to further their artistic careers.

The Metanoia Theatre will run performances in a seasonal setting, beginning with the first season – encompassing the launch celebrations – running from February to June, with a wide array of productions including contemporary dance, physical theatre, live music and also being an official venue for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

We will be celebrating the opening of this unique and long-needed venue on Wednesday the 5th and Wednesday the 12th of February with ‘A Whistle & a Hum’. We encourage you to join us. More details on the events are displayed below.

GRACELAND presents
A WHISTLE – Wednesday 5th February

7.00 – 7.30 BEN WHITING

7.40 – 8.10 AL PARKINSON

8.20 – 8.50 JAMES KENYON

9.00- 9.30 STRINE SINGERS

Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/EBVK

GRACELAND presents
A HUM – Wednesday 12th February

7.00 – 7.30 DOMINI FORSTER

7.40 – 8.10 DAN PARSONS

8.20 – 8.50 BROOKE RUSSELL

9.00- 9.30 THE NYMPHS

Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/EBVP

Tickets for these shows are expected to sell quickly, you can reserve your place by visiting the ticketing links above. Tickets are $10.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.


Author Details

Josh Forner

Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.


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