Warren Ellis (musician)

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Warren Ellis
Background information
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
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 1994.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three performing at WOMADelaide 2012

Ellis was born in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.[5] He won a scholarship to a private high school.[6] He learned classical violin and flute at school in Ballarat. Ellis then went to university in Melbourne, where he studied classical violin. After that he then worked briefly as a schoolteacher in country Victoria. In January 1988 he travelled to Europe, where he busked in Greece, Hungary, Scotland and Ireland. A year later he returned to Australia.[5][7] Ellis then 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][8]

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, The Road and Far from Men.

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.[9][2]


Film and theatre scores with Nick Cave[edit]



  1. ^ "CULTURE : Digging diamonds from the dirt; Dirty Three Birmingham Academy 2". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Warren Ellis Interview". BBC. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Baker, J. (2013). The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays. Intellect Books. p. 72. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool – Entertainment – Dirty Three @ Carling Academy". BBC. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  5. ^ a b Calkin, J. "Flying on instruments". The Telegraph. 
  6. ^ Option: Volumes 66–71, Sonic Options Network, 1996
  7. ^ Dwyer, M. "Wild seed". The Age. 
  8. ^ "From The Archives -Dirty Three- Concert Chronology / Gigography". Fromthearchives.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "More than one string to his bow". The Age. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/son-of-rogues-gallery-pirate-ballads-sea-songs-chanteys-mw0002476575
  11. ^ "Vesturport". Vesturport.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Trailer: Nick Cave-Penned/Scored 'Lawless'". Twentyfourbit.com. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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