Dirty Three are still Warren Ellis, Mick Turner and Jim White. Formed in 1992 in Melbourne Australia they are still a three piece instrumental group of Violin, Guitar and Drums. Since we recorded Cinder and toured it in 2005 we haven't managed to record a new album. Well, we are half way through it at the moment. Bands and babies have conspired against us! Jim White has been out and about recording and touring with Bonnie Prince Billy, Bill Callahan and Cat Power and contributing to albums by PJ Harvey, Marianne Faithful and Mick has been painting, holding exhibitions, reproducing, playing solo shows, and recording soundtracks for film and television, and touring with Will Oldham in Australasia. I have been recording and touring with the Bad Seeds, forming Grinderman, and recording soundtracks for films with Nick Cave, most recently The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and the upcoming adaptation of The Road. Whilst we may not have been in the studio as Dirty Three we have been recording in our other outfits. Frequently, actually, alot. In 2007 the Australian director Darcey Maine released a thrilling documentary on Dirty Three which maps the formation and development of the group via a series of interviews with people involved in the group and culminates in a live concert in Japan. We have continued to be a presence on the touring circuit, having curated ATP in 2007 at Butlins UK then taking part in the inaugural event in Australia in 2009, we recently performed at the event in New York, playing Ocean Songs in it's entirety we are returning to play the event twice in December. We recently toured the U.S and I must say, we are in fine form, show-room condition. It's the first time I've actually noticed the benefit of doing all these other projects on the way we play together. We don't have any new songs, but will gladly play the hits and the one's that got away. On a good day, there's nothing quite like us on the stage, and you can quote me on that.
London Oct 2009