A State of Grace: The Music of Tim and Jeff Buckley



Experience the magic of Tim and Jeff Buckley’s songs through musicians with the depth, breadth and empathy to do them justice.

Tim and Jeff Buckley’s legacy has inspired generations of musicians and listeners. A State of Grace celebrates their brilliant, complicated lives and music, bringing together six stellar singers and musicians who worked with the Buckleys with images and stories. It is a moving, definitive portrait of two of the most beloved voices in rock, overseen by Gary Lucas, the legendary guitarist who knew them both.

Jeff Buckley completed only one studio album in his too-brief life, but it made him one of the most influential musicians of the 1990s and beyond. His commanding stage presence, boy-next-door good looks and rich musical vocabulary were matched by a voice that could soar with the angels. Grace, that fragile yet ferocious miracle of an album, moved millions, earning Buckley an almost evangelical following. The ultimate musician’s musician, his fans include Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Chris Cornell and Thom Yorke.

After Jeff’s tragic accidental death in the Mississippi River, U2’s Bono told a stadium audience, “Jeff Buckley was a pure drop in an ocean of noise.” Jeff only met his father a handful of times during his even shorter life – Tim died in 1975 aged 28. But the musical legacy Tim left behind, “a wildly eclectic and brilliant collection of eight studio albums” served as Jeff’s musical touchstone. Tim also influenced his contemporaries Van Morrison, James Taylor and Leonard Cohen and such 21st-century acts as Fleet Foxes and Beth Orton. Jeff strived for the same kind of far-reaching, liberating and often downright sexy music that Tim produced during landmark LPs Blue Afternoon and 1972’s Greetings from LA. As Rolling Stone magazine once declared, “Tim Buckley embodied all the virtue of grace.”

Assembled to recapture the magic of Tim and Jeff Buckley’s songs are musicians with the depth, breadth and empathy to do them justice: Martha Wainwright, Casper Clausen (of Efterklang), Willy Mason, Camille O’Sullivan, Steve Kilbey and Cold Specks led by guitarist/producer Gary Lucas with his band Gods and Monsters. Tim and Jeff’s music becomes a point of departure for soul-stirring reinterpretation and exploration in this world premiere event.

A State of Grace’s musical director Gary Lucas worked with Jeff Buckley for many years in the 90s and co-wrote the songs ‘Grace’ and ‘Mojo Pin’. Meet Gary in the ground floor foyer after the show where he’ll be signing CDs. Please note various merchandise will be available to purchase.

Produced by Gaynor Crawford and Kirsten Siddle.

Commissioned by Melbourne Recital Centre through the support of the Hugh Williamson Foundation Creative Production Fund.

Please note this concert event includes theatrical haze effect.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Gaynor Crawford



Jeff Buckley was a pure drop in an ocean of noise.

Bono, U2

Tim Buckley embodied all the virtue of grace.