Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 29th November 2016
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!
First off: we apologise for the week we missed last week. Unfortunately, this particular blog writer had an impromptu trip to hospital last Monday night courtesy of the ‘thunderstorm asthma’ phenomenon, throwing his week into disarray. But, the lungs – and mind – are again fully operational, so this week’s Top 4 is ready to rumble!
Our November Artist of the Month, McROBIN, launches his EP, ‘Shallow Diver,’ this Sunday evening at the Edinburgh Gardens Community Room.
This EP focuses on a fuller sound as McRobin leans more towards a band-oriented vibe as he explores a darker and more personally present subject matter. Speaking candidly about the new material, McRobin has admitted to lacking emotional awareness, and leading him to donate 50% of all album funds and 100% of event proceeds to the Movember foundation.
In support on the night will be Mickey Cooper and Maritime.
GENRE: Alt-Folk, Singer/Songwriter
WHEN: Sunday, 4/12 @ 7 PM
WHERE: Edinburgh Gardens Community Room – Brunswick St, Fitzroy North
FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK is an artist that has been turning heads recently – and she plans to continue doing so at her album launch as part of ‘The Round Up at Bella’ (formerly Melbourne Folk Club).
The Ballarat native brings forward her debut album, ‘The Unceremonious Junking of Me,’ which has already received wide critical acclaim across community radio presenters and folk music bloggers alike. Described as an ‘old-worldy;’ ‘Vintage Victorian,’ Hollick has perfected a very specialised country/folk sound.
Support by Skyscraper Stan and Dan Watkins. Tickets available via link below.
GENRE: Country, Vintage Folk
WHEN: Wednesday, 30/11 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Bella Union (Trades Hall) – Cnr. Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton
COST: from $19
The much revered THE WILSON PICKERS are returning to the stage in support of their third studio album, ‘You Can’t Catch a Fish From a Train,’ nominated for the Best Blues & Roots Album at this year’s ARIA awards.
The album includes guest appearances from some big names like Bernard Fanning and Rod Coe – and sets the scene for the band’s reunion, after a forced hiatus whilst one of their members underwent treatment for leukemia.
Their bluegrass-driven sound transcends expectation, and they will be joined on stage at the Caravan Music Club by Miss Eileen and King Leah.
GENRE: Bluegrass, Country
WHEN: Saturday, 3/11 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Caravan Music Club (Oakleigh RSL) – 95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh
COST: $20+bf (General); $30+bf (Reserved)
WHAT ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT…?
THE PEEP TEMPEL return with their third album, ‘Joy,’ following their hugely successful 2014 release ‘Tales,’ which really put them on the independent music map and revived the punk scene in Australia.
The Melbournian trio have ground out a reputation as one of the countries most energetic and powerful live acts, and the tour to support their release brings this vigour and energy to the famed Corner Hotel stage, with Cable Ties & Amyl opening the night.
GENRE: Punk, Rock
WHEN: Thursday, 1/12 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Corner Hotel – Cnr. Swan & Stewart Sts, Richmond
COST: $25.09 [[[SELLING FAST]]]
SAVE THE DATE…
Our final SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND event for 2016 is just a couple of weeks away! Click below for all the details and make sure you’re down at CROMWELL STUIDOS in Collingwood on December the 9th!
…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.
Author DetailsJosh 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.