Melting Pot

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  • In an intimate venue above a restaurant on Smith Street in Collingwood, people who appreciate fine music gather to enjoy watching three singer/songwriters perform live around a small table in a dark room. This weekly event feels like a cross between an evening at a friends house and a clandestine meeting of a secret society. But this is no secret meeting, this is Melting Pot’s ‘Songwriters in the Round.’

    A long time Friday night fixture in my Australian diary, Melting Pot has introduced me to a whole raft of musical talent here in Melbourne. Run by a committed and passionate gang of volunteers, this weekly event is something of a hidden cultural gem, and a real find for anyone who loves music.

    The format is simple. Three singer/songwriters sit around a table and perform five songs in rotation while the gathered audience relax on chairs and couches around them. At the end of the five songs there’s a short break followed by a second set featuring three different artists.

    I love Melting Pot and have enjoyed some really unforgettable nights there. Watching the musicians perform, listening to their stories, and enjoying the banter they often exchange, really makes this event unique. Tonight was no exception and was actually one of my favorite such nights.

    It was pretty difficult to get a good picture due to the low lighting and my rather beat up camera, so you’ll have to forgive the rather grainy look of this shot. That said, maybe it communicates something of the mellow atmosphere.

    Pictured from left to right are Tash Sultana, SammyQ, James Hart. They performed a fantastic set which was then followed by another really superb set by Caitlin Harnett, Laura K Clarke, and Kate Walker.

    Of all the things I’ll miss about Melbourne when I leave, this would be very high on the list.

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  • 5 comments on “Melting Pot

    1. It’s almost a year since I sat in one of those cosy chairs and listened to the amazing voices of Tom, Luke, and Jimmy. Their tracks still drift happily from my ipod.
      This picture takes me back to an awesome evening and I can appreciate why you will miss it.

      • Sadly we just went to the last ‘Song Writers in the Round’ by Melting Pot. The venue that they’ve used for the last four years has finished the contract with Melting Pot due to forthcoming renovations. Sadly the atmospheric room will soon be someones apartment.

        The Melting Pot crew are currently looking for a new venue to continue having those great nights of music.

    2. Thanks Simon for the schpeel and for your ongoing support.

      As of this week, we’re starting to roll out some of the video content… so you can feel like you’re still seeing our rounds as you continue round the globe! Think you might even find yourself in the background of some of the shots.

      All the best & we’ll keep you posted on further MP developments

      • Cheers Liam. Can’t wait to see the vids. I know there is tons of work that has to go into the video to! If you ever feel like sharing an MP3 of my fav night there, then you know where I am 😉

        Thank you to you and all the Melting Pot crew for all the great Friday nights mate. Seriously, Songwriters in The Round is something that I truly will miss when I leave this fantastic city at the end of this week.

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