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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 18th October 2016

October 18, 2016 by Josh Forner
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Hello and welcome to another installation of ‘Melting Pot’s Top 4’ – where we 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!

j-cashSome are singer/songwriters, where others are more befitting of the term ‘composer,’ JOSH CASHMAN has such abundant musical talent that he certainly deserves to bear the sign ‘composer’.

His vocals are daring in the places they go, yet totally effortless in the journey to get there, whilst his earthy and melodic instrumental tones provide a dynamic and spatial overtone to his mature approach to songwriting.

He’s packed out shows at The Worker’s Club, Shebeen and Penny Black, and now he’s looking to you for help to do the same at The Grace Darling.

GENRE: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
WHEN: Thursday 20/10 @ 8PM
WHERE: Grace Darling Hotel (Band Room) – 114 Smith Street, Collingwood
COST: $18.40 (incl. BF)


is one of Australia’s favourite adopted Kiwi’s. She brings raw emotional passion to each of her songs and her unique voice and incredible on-stage demeanor leave audiences well and truly entertained and wanting more.

Channeling the likes of Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman in her music, Fields brings an individual approach to country & roots songwriting, often telling stories of deep personal connection and experience.

She’ll be hitting the free stage at The Retreat on this midweek show with support from Andrew Hancock.

GENRE: Alt-Country, Roots
WHEN: Wednesday 19/10 @ 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Retreat Hotel – 280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick


huntexpTHE HUNTER EXPRESS is the indie-folk project of songwriter Brad Ellis, and the debut EP, ‘Bluestone Lane,’ is ready for release. The boys from Hunter Express are throwing a launch party this weekend at the revered Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood.

Displaying a brave honesty and rawness in his lyrical content, Ellis shades his folk-based tunes with a hint of pop and a lean towards nostalgia.

Securing JJJ airplay earlier this month you feel is just the tip of the iceberg for The Hunter Express, who will be joined on stage by supports Scott Candlish and Abbey Grace.

GENRE: Indie/Folk, Pop
WHEN: Saturday, 22/10 @ 8PM
WHERE: The Gasometer Hotel – 484 Smith St, Fitzroy
COST: $8 tix/$10 door



mcpsWe also feature The Gaso in this section, and you may as well just ask for a bed for the night, because on Sunday afternoon they have this great event, ROCK BAND ASSEMBLY.

Merri Creek Primary School are raising funds for ‘The Song Room,’ a non-profit organisation which provides music and arts programs to disadvantaged schools.

The difference? Taking the stage during the festivities will be teachers from Merri Creek PS and their respective musical projects. Rock Band Assembly will feature performances from the likes of Ben Mason, Anthony Atkinson, Tim Haines and more.

Get yourself sorted for this Sunday afternoon session and feel good raising funds for a good cause!

GENRE: Indie, Folk
WHEN: Sunday, 23/10 @ 12 PM
WHERE: The Gasometer Hotel – 484 Smith St, Fitzroy
COST: $10/$5 kids


…and that’s a wrap for this week’s gig guide from us here at Melting Pot! Keep your eyes peeled for more news and gig guide updates weekly. We’re looking forward to bringing you next week’s MELTING POT TOP 4.

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

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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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