Father John Misty



A stage presence that veers between Nick Cave and Johnny Cash, J. Tillman is bringing his acclaimed incarnation, Father John Misty, to Melbourne.

‘The crazed Casanova doesn’t so much own the stage as lease the land for miles around in a pelvis-thrusting, guitar-hurling show.’ The Guardian (U.K.)

The one time Fleet Foxes drummer has been steadily releasing solo records since 2004, but it was as Father John Misty that things started to make sense. A psychedelic desert experience provided the revelation that led to the Father John Misty persona: a tongue-in-cheek, wry Casanova. With a sound that’s part old school country misery, part retro folk and a whole lot of sardonic wit, don’t miss Father John Misty when he plays Melbourne Recital Centre.

Since first making a name for himself playing drums in a pair of indie rock bands, Saxon Shore and Stately, while attending college in New York City, everything seems to be turning out right. In his 20s, as J. Tillman, he released several earnest singer-songwriter albums that were mostly ignored. We first heard Father John Misty on 2012’s Fear Fun, but the superior 2015 follow-up, I Love You, Honeybear, turned him into an international star. This time – inspired by his marriage to film-maker Emma Garr – the songs used the new persona to explore love and, ironically, leave him more emotionally exposed than he was before. Released to massive acclaim the moody I Love You, Honeybear cemented his place in the indie elite with its fun and insightful lyricism set to loaded harmonies that explore love and life. With the release of Pure Comedy in April Father John Misty is bringing to town his pelvis-thrusting, guitar-hurling, biblically bearded charisma volcano of new and old songs.

With a solid congregation of fans across the globe and having played every major music festival around, experience the emergence of a new breed of the great American singer-songwriter.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Grab a friend and enjoy pre-show premium wine, cheese and tunes in the ground floor foyer from 7.30pm.

Cheese & Wine for two – $40.00
Includes 80 grams of premium cheese, served with walnuts, grapes, caramelised fig, honey and crackers.

Pairings can be selected from the following three options:
Perenzin di Capra: Semi-hard goat’s cheese paired with Moates Lane Chardonnay
Rouzaire ‘Jean Grogne’: Triple cream cheese paired with Chain of fire Pinot Noir
Gorgonzola: Intense hard blue cheese paired with D’Arenberg Noble Mud Pie (dessert wine)

Melbourne Recital Centre bars are open 60 minutes before each show and during intervals. Please note drinks are welcome inside the Hall in plastic cups but food is not permitted.


7.30pm – 8pm: Angie McMahon
8pm – 8.30pm: Interval
8.30pm – 10.20pm: Father John Misty