Dublin Theatre Festival


Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis is a founding member of the bands The Dirty Three and Grinderman, has been a member of the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds since the mid 1990s, playing violin and an assortment of stringed instruments. Born in Ballarat, Australia, in 1965, Ellis’ musical interests began with his finding an accordion at a local rubbish dump. In the early 1980s he moved to Melbourne and earned a degree and teaching qualification in Education, majoring in Music and English. He began a teaching career but after two years teaching in secondary schools he resigned and started writing music for theatre groups. In the early 1990s Ellis formed Australian instrumental group The Dirty Three. They have since recorded seven albums and a soundtrack for the John Curran film Praise.
In 1995 Ellis was invited to record with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and has continued playing and recording with Cave to date, contributing to the Bad Seeds last six albums. Additionally, he has collaborated with Cave on soundtracks for The Proposition, and Vesturport Theatre’s Woyzeck and
Metamorphosis. Ellis also comprises one quarter of Grinderman along with Cave, Jim Sclavunos and Martyn Casey. Foulmouthed, noisy, hairy and damn well old enough to know better, Grinderman’s debut album is one of the most talked
about records of 2007.
Ellis continues to work and tour with the Bad Seeds, Grinderman and The Dirty Three playing a variety of instruments, predominantly violin. He lives in Paris with his wife and two children.



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