After a successful session at Tonyk on High in October, Live Music returns to Friday night with 3 of Melbourne's most intriguing singer/songwriters taking the stage.
It will all start around 7 PM with dinner options available and a selection of drinks at bar prices. Come along and join the fun, as we've got your Tonyk on this Melbourne Friday night!
JOE FORRESTER returns from the wilderness, as recording continues for his upcoming album. Forrester is no stranger to Melbourne's stages, but has spent the last few years in hibernation, waiting for the right time to impress with his new tunes. He makes his long-awaited return at Tonyk.
JOSH FORNER continues to expand his already impressive repertoire. Also in the middle of compiling studio album number 2, Forner connects his live audience through words his words and the passion with which he delivers each song. Mixing his well-known acoustic style with vibrant and etherial electric guitar in a solo setting, his live show continues to make considerable leaps.
CIARAN BOYLE is a native of Ireland and has been a regular in Melbourne's open mic scene for quite some time. Boyle has also been well sought after in the Irish Pub circuit with his uniquely raspy yet crisp vocal style and original tunes to get lost in, Ciaran Boyle is a performer that must be on your must-see list for 2015!
Just a friendly little reminder to you all that I am playing at the quirky and always intimate Highlander tonight from 8 PM. Entry is free and drinks are cheap; not to mention the music is always of a very high standard.
It would mean a lot to me if you could set aside just an hour of your time to come down and share a drink with me tonight and support a venue that really looks after their musicians and puts on a great night for everyone.
If you haven't ventured down to Highlander yet, I highly suggest that tonight be the night you do so!
The 'Proven Wrong' solo/acoustic EP has gone LIVE at http://joshforner.bandcamp.com - here you can stream the album for free or make a purchase download for just $6. Alternatively, individual songs are available for $2.99, just in case there's some of them that you don't particularly like!
Bandcamp also has the exclusive option for you to pay more than $6 for the EP as a whole, if you deem it worthy enough.
All email subscribers have received a free download code for the album.
I'm very pleased to be sharing these new songs with you as I head back into the studio to record the second full-length album. I don't have a timeline for this one as yet, but never fear, the best place to stay updated is right here at www.joshforner.com or by signing the mailing list!
You can help celebrate the release by attending The Thornbury Local tonight at 9:30 PM. I'm playing in support of Mel Wilkinson who will be on at 10:30. Free entry.
My solo/acoustic, raw, stripped back, digital EP, 'Proven Wrong' will be released on Thursday, February 27th at Melbourne's own Highlander Bar with an intimate acoustic launch event.
The EP will be available for free to all existing mailing list subscribers, and to anyone who signs the mailing list on the night.
The night will also culminate in the availability of all my music on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and other such online services.
Exciting news for the Josh Forner brand of music, as I head into 2014 ready to record a brand new studio album!
I hope to see you all there.
Well, guys, I love playing for you, and this October, well more specifically, within the next week, I get 2 chances to do so! Your smiling and lovely listening faces would be amazing to see from the stage at my upcoming performances.
I've got an option for the weekend Sunday Session types, and also an option for the night-owls amongst us.
Sunday, I'm playing at a beautiful community gathering, Graceland, opening up the day's proceedings at 3:30. Address: 18 Dawson St, Brunswick. Charge: $10. There is an option to BYO drinks, but also some brews available at the site. You get a free beer from the Good Brew Co. on entry! How good is that?
Next Thursday, it's my first appearance at the Highlander Bar, playing a 10 PM one hour set. Free entry and lots of fun to be had! Highlander Lane, Melbourne CBD (opposite the Aquarium). Could lead to more gigs there in the future, so make sure you get your butts down to boogie!
I'm sure as hell looking forward to it all; I hope you are too!
The performance with Mary Webb, Lillis and Ariela Jacobs, scheduled for Thursday 29th August at Thousand Pound Bend, has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
I thank you all for your support and hope to see you all at one of my future events. If any bookers or venues are reading this, I'm still keen to put the same line up on somewhere; somehow. So get in touch if you're keen!
A quick note to let all of you rabid fans know that I'll be returning to the studio this Monday, the 26th of August, to complete the recordings for my upcoming 5-track solo/acoustic EP.
It's all happening thanks to the wonderful people at Box Hill Institute and being recorded by Sam Booth. Can't wait to share some of these new songs with you all. Very exciting times.
If you are keen to hear some of them in a live setting, why not get yourself along to one of my upcoming shows? Also, sign up to the mailing list, because soon, I think I'm going to try and distance myself from annoying Facebook invites!
An interview with Josh in regards to the pending release and album launch has been published online at www.meltingpotonline.com - but here at joshforner.com, we've provided with you with the full interview below:
Having worked tirelessly within Melbourne’s live music scene for many years, the day has arrived for Josh Forner to release his debut album “Leading to Nowhere”. In the lead up to his launch on Sunday night at the Workers Club, Josh caught up with Melting Pot for a chat.
On Sunday Night you’re releasing your debut album “Leading to Nowhere”. Would it be an understatement to say this one has been a long time coming?
It feels like a whole lifetime, to be honest; (laughs) I’ve been through a lot since starting this project three years ago. I was studying Music Business at NMIT, I took the second year off and concentrated on some income, I got diagnosed with a mental illness, I lost 8 of the 13 tracks I’d originally recorded due to a double hard drive failure. I was ready to pack it all in… I’m glad I didn’t; I pushed myself to this. Here it is. By the end of it, I just wanted it done; but I’m still proud of the end result.
Tell us a bit about the process of putting Leading to Nowhere together.
I began with a good friend, Winson Chan, who was a student at RMIT doing sound production. He’d done a fair bit of my live work and I decided we’d start recording some things. Eventually, he had to return home to Hong Kong, so I went out and bought myself the most basic 2-track recording unit with a really simple version of Pro Tools. I’d learnt a lot just from watching Winson do his work in front of me, and I set about finishing everything up, at first in the lounge room and garage of my house in Reservoir, and eventually in the dining room of my house in Rosanna (with carpeted walls!)
There’s been a host of people involved, as I don’t have a permanent band these days. Among them, Melting Pot’s own Danny Finkelstein, my old guitarist from the ‘Filthy Soup’ days, Steve Martin, and I even taught myself bass to finish off a few songs.
What was the inspiration behind the album concept?
Well, this varies. I think, in the end, the overall feel is personal struggle, my own self maturing and coming to terms with the world around me and growing myself a social conscience. There’s a lot about routine and trying to make a change for the better (Leading to Nowhere; Lazy Tomorrow), but there’s also the usual struggle with girls (Troubles; Pulled and Pushed). Some of the other stuff is a lot harder to explain. I prefer to let the listener take what they can out of it. If I can connect with them, then I’ve done my job.
Do you have a favourite track and / or is there one which you would recommend to people who haven’t heard you before?
People tend to always love ‘Pulled and Pushed’, but it’s one of my oldest songs, and as happens with most artists, I’m utterly sick of playing it and hearing it. I think my favourite, or at least the one I am most proud of, is ‘Flowers On Your Grave’.
This song wasn’t originally going on the album, but I wrote it in July last year and it was recorded within 3 weeks, and it was sounding complete enough to be the final track.
It took a lot of courage to write that song. I was grieving, I’d lost the family dog, whom I’d grown up with for 13 years since I was 11. It was exactly a week after my Birthday in 2012 when she passed. My mum had just moved to Rosebud, with the dog. We knew something was wrong, but we didn’t know it was as bad as it was. When I got the call that she was being put down, in Rosebud, knowing that I couldn’t say goodbye, was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through.
This song is me saying goodbye to her, as I didn’t have the chance to see her for one last time. It’s hard because the last act I remember is her trying to bite me, as I tried to pick her up because she was struggling to walk. I’d hate to think that’s the last thing she remembered, too.
Many Melting Pot regulars would have seen you play solo before, but I’m told you will be playing with a band on Sunday. Who else is involved and what has it been like preparing for the launch with them?
Yeah I made the decision very early on that when I launch it will be with a band. I didn’t know what the make-up was going to be until very recently. 3 other Melting Pot regulars will be joining me on stage, Danny Finkelstein on drums (Anthony Young Band) and Jayden Williams on bass (formerly of Davy Simony) with Andy Clarke (Hyfrydol, Tulalah) on guitar.
They are such great musicians that they have just picked everything up so easily and really carried my musical will and message through. I have so much respect for what I’m hearing from them in the rehearsal room!
For those out there that haven’t seen you before (and those of us that have), what can we expect on Sunday night at your launch?
Just a lot of passion, emotion and energy. Most people know me for singing straight from the heart; Sunday will be no different. There’ll be a new cover that I’ve not played before, so look out for that, and of course, there’s going to be an amazing cast of support artists. My good friend Joe Forrester is opening the night – he is one of the most unique singer/songwriters in Melbourne – and also Richard Jeffrey’s band, Flying Saucer Terror; mincing up and rockifying some of Richard’s well-known tunes.
I’m gonna have a blast, and so is everyone else. It’s been a long time coming!
It is finally time that I announce that my Debut Album Launch is good to go, and we are FULL STEAM AHEAD to The Workers Club on Sunday, May 26th.
I'll be playing with some very special guests in the Josh Forner Band for ONE NIGHT ONLY - so it will certainly be a sight to behold. Joe Forrester, my good friend and colleague in musical doucheness has been kind enough to join me to open up the night. It will be his last show for a while so that makes the night even more extra special! Joining Joe on the support slot will be (hopefully) another one of my most favourite songwriters in Melbourne, along with his band in a rare appearance, but that is still TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Keep your eyes on joshforner.com as I announce the remainder of the lineup, and if you wish, be sure to join the Facebook Event.
I can't wait; I hope you can't, either.
Remember to pick up your CD at the door for the extra $5 - this is a steal as I'll be selling it for $10 after the launch, and there's only 150 copies in existence. All individually hand-numbered for your preservation.