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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 6th December 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!

bernasconiWell known for his contribution in folk sensation band, ‘The Stillsons’, JUSTIN BERNASCONI has since developed himself as a folk tour de force in his own right, having released three full-length albums already and with another one on the way.

‘Speed Camera’ is the first single to be released from the forthcoming album, and will be launched this Sunday at the time-honoured Retreat Hotel stage with Ben Mastwyk opening the show.

Justin provides a point of difference among the singer/songwriter community in that he plays lead-type guitar and shows great proficiency and depth to his instrumentation.

GENRE: Folk, Country
WHEN: Sunday, 11/12 @ 7 PM
WHERE: Retreat Hotel – 280 Sydney Road, Brunswick


didirriDIDIRRI returns to the stage straight off the back of a tour with Jordie Lane to do a run of shows at The Gasometer Hotel. Having come to prominence earlier in 2016, Didirri has washed across the Melbourne music scene like a wave, bringing his Appalachian rhythmic folk sound to the forefront of many critic’s eyes.

Following the tour’s success, Didirri hopes to please new and old fans alike, and will have a range of supports across the next 3 Tuesdays, including Ariela Jacobs, Jane Cameron and Rowena Wise, with Forever Son providing some vinyl bangers after hours.

GENRE: Alt-Folk, Indie Folk
WHEN: Tuesdays 6, 13 & 20/12 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Gasometer Hotel (upstairs) – Corner Smith St & Alexandra Pde, Collingwood
COST: $8+bf/$10 door


davyOne of our Open Mic alumni, DAVY SIMONY is back in Melbourne after a trip around Australia in a Tarago and will be performing some old favourites and future classics down at The Drunken Poet on Thursday night.

Simony plays a very unique brand of roots-based folk, in the realm of Jack Johnson, and brings the ultimate one-man band experience, being on of the first performers on the Melbourne circuit to perfect the use of looping pedals, mixing his rhythmic acoustic guitar play with percussive elements and full-throttle lead.

Playing prior to Davy will be alternative folk songwriter, Andy Minard.

GENRE: Roots, Folk
WHEN: Thursday, 8/12 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Drunken Poet – 65 Peel Street, West Melbourne



has one last hurrah for 2016, moving to a new location at Cromwell Studios.

Widely regarded as one of Melbourne’s best events to see intimate performances from some of Australia’s best singer/songwriter talent, the lineup for Friday the 9th of December makes no exceptions!

Set in the familiar Nashville ‘in the round’ format, 3 performers sit mid-room with the audience encircled around them, taking it in turns, playing song by song, and sometimes providing impromptu singalongs and improvised performances.

ROUND 1 (7:30 PM): Dan Lethbridge, Brooke Taylor & Delsinki Records, Timothy Nelson (WA)
ROUND 2 (8:30 PM): Domini Forster, Grim Fawkner, Lucy Wise

GENRE: Singer/Songwriter, Folk
WHEN: Friday, 9/12 @ 7 PM
WHERE: Cromwell Studios – 136A Cromwell Street, Collingwood
COST: $15/$20 door


…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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