Warren Ellis (musician)

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Warren Ellis
Warren Ellis, musician (2006).JPG
Background information
Born 1965 (age 48–49)
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Occupation(s) Musician and composer
Instruments Violin, piano, bouzouki, guitar, flute, mandolin, tenor guitar, viola
Labels Anchor & Hope
Bella Union
Associated acts Dirty Three
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Notable instruments
Fender "Mandocaster" (Electric Mandolin)
(Fender) Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic
Eastwood Warren Ellis Signature Tenor Guitar

Warren Ellis (born 1965) is an Australian musician and composer. He is a member of several groups: Dirty Three, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. He has also composed film scores with Nick Cave. Ellis plays violin, piano, bouzouki, guitar, flute, mandolin, tenor guitar, and viola.[1][2] Ellis has been a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds since the mid-nineties.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three performing at WOMADelaide 2012

Ellis was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Ellis has said that his ancestors were English, two of his ancestors came from Birmingham, England.[1] He won a scholarship to a private high school,[4] Ballarat Grammar, then studied classical violin, worked briefly as a schoolteacher in regional Victoria after completing a degree – a Diploma of Education in Music and English; he then travelled and busked in Greece, Hungary, Scotland and Ireland; wrote music for theatre groups and performed at art openings and plays in Melbourne, before he started playing in bands in the early nineties.[2][5][6] Before forming in 1992, the Dirty Three, with Jim White and Mick Turner, Ellis played with several groups and individuals: Paranoid; the Nursing Mothers; The Slub, which also included Mick Turner; These Future Kings, Charlie Marshall & The Body Electric, The Blackeyed Susans, and Dave McComb of The Triffids.

In 1995, Ellis was invited to play with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on a recording; he remained with the band and continues to play and record with the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman, formed as a spin-off group from the Bad Seeds, who have released two albums.[2]

In 2002, Ellis released a solo album on King Crab records called Three Pieces for Violin. Since 2005 he has played on several Marianne Faithfull albums, and collaborated with Nick Cave exclusively; the two composed the award-winning score of the film The Proposition, and then collaborated again on the scores of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and The Road.

In 2009, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis released White Lunar – an album that includes other soundtrack scores.

Ellis has lived in Paris since 1998 with his French wife and their two children.[7][8]


Film and theatre scores with Nick Cave[edit]



  1. ^ a b "CULTURE : Digging diamonds from the dirt; Dirty Three Birmingham Academy 2". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Warren Ellis Interview". BBC. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Liverpool – Entertainment – Dirty Three @ Carling Academy". BBC. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  4. ^ Option: Volumes 66–71, Sonic Options Network, 1996
  5. ^ "From The Archives -Dirty Three- Concert Chronology / Gigography". Fromthearchives.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to AudienceView Online!". Dublin Theatre Festival. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "More than one string to his bow". The Age. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Vesturport". Vesturport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Trailer: Nick Cave-Penned/Scored ‘Lawless’". Twentyfourbit.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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