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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 21st February 2017

February 21, 2017 by Josh Forner
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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!


Our very own Featured Artist for February, the one and only GREG STEPS is up to the plate with his second EP, ‘The Overland,’ launching this coming Friday night alongside his carefully crafted band THE NOT FOR PROPHETS at The Wesley Anne band room in Northcote.

Bringing his melded folk and country stylings to a performance in which songwriting is very much the forefront, Steps tangles his way through stories that come from the deepest depths of within and will no doubt be playing the freshest of his tracks from the EP, along with some of the old favourites belted out at Melbourne’s open mic nights over the past few years.

Support comes in the form of the beautiful serenade of Anna Cordell and the piano-strong Oliver Downes.

GENRE: Folk, Singer/Songwriter
WHEN: Friday, 24/2 @ 8PM
WHERE: Wesley Anne (Band Room) – 250 High St, Northcote
COST: $10 w/CD at door





Melbourne born-and-bred SCOTT CANDLISH brings us his latest installment, his second EP, entitled ‘Home Away From Home,’ ready for take off at The Worker’s Club on Thursday.

Bringing with him a backing band of superstars, Candlish delves into Celtic folk roots whilst keeping catchy hooks and melodies at the fore, and drawing on a huge array of musical inspiration from 90’s Alt-Rock icons to traditional blues and jazz. He takes a new sonic journey on his latest record, as his artistry continues to develop and tongues continue to wag about this songwriter’s exceptional talents.

Support on the night from The Hunter Express, folk duo Wolf & WIllow and the incomparable Citrus Jam.

GENRE: Alt-Folk, Folk-Pop
WHEN: Thursday 23/2 @ 7:30PM
WHERE: The Worker’s Club – Cnr. Brunswick & Gertrude Sts, Fitzroy
COST: $8 (+bf) or at the door if available



Following in the vein of Charm of Finches, young female duo, DEER PRUDENCE, come to town to immerse you into a foggy yet subdued universe of thrilling harmonies and deeply ambient aesthetic.

These multi-award winners from regional Victoria have been captivating audiences and peers alike as they have skipped from town to town, continuously honing their songwriting and performing craft leaving a “see it to believe it” hype train rattling along behind them.

It’s stripped-back folk at it’s acoustic best, with guitars, violins and sweet vocals to draw you in, with support from Amarina Waters.

GENRE: Contemporary Folk
WHEN: Saturday 25/2 @ 8:30PM
WHERE: The Spotted Mallard – 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
COST: $11.80 (incl. bf) or at the door if available





//wednesday// queen vic. night market goes blue to cure mnd

The infamous summer Night Market continues at the Queen Victoria Market site, as everything turns blue for the Cure for MND Foundation. Grab your self a blue ‘Brainfreeze’ slushy on the night, as all funds raised will be going directly to the foundation.

There will be music as well, of course, from the blues masterclass that is JUSTIN YAP TRIO alongside WAYNE JURY and TROY LOVE as well as performances by one of Melbourne’s favourite party bands, ARTHUR PENN & THE FUNKY TEN and acoustic heavy latin duo, OPAL OCEAN.

Also dropping by for a chat about MND experiences and the ongoing effort for a cure is former Melbourne FC coach and Essendon FC playing superstar, NEALE DANIHER.

GENRE: Market, Charity Event
WHEN: Wednesday, 21/2 @ 5PM – 10PM
WHERE: Queen Victoria Market – Cnr. Queen & Therry Sts, Melbourne


…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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