Gig preview: Dirty Three, Summerhall

Aussie legends Dirty Three make a rare appearance in the Capital tonight (July 5) as part of Summerhall’s excellent Nothing Ever Happens Here (NEHH) series.

The instrumental trio made up of violinist Warren Ellis, guitarist Mick Turner and drummer Jim White last played live in Scotland at Glasgow’s Oran Mor in 2012.

When tonight’s gig was announced a few months back, it came as a surprise to some fans after the band announced they’d be taking an indefinite break during a gig at Australia’s Sugar Mountain festival in January.

Back then, Ellis told the Melbourne crowd, “We’re going to put Dirty Three to bed for a while after tonight”, leading to speculation they could have played their last ever gig.

Dirty Three’s last studio album came in 2012 with their eighth offering, Toward The Low Sun.

Between them, the threesome have toured and made records with some of rock’s most revered acts.

Ellis has graced some of the world’s biggest stages with his two other bands, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds and Grinderman. White has collaborated with the likes of PJ Harvey, Bonnie Prince Billy, Cat Power and Smog, and has toured extensively with Cretan lutenist George Xylouris in the duo Xylouris White. Turner is known for his work in The Moodists and Venom P Stinger, and is an accomplished painter who has had exhibitions in Australia and internationally.

Together, they have a reputation for producing intense instrumental music as Dirty Three, and are an incredible live act – don’t miss them tonight.

NEHH presents… Dirty Three + support (TBA), Summerhall, Edinburgh, Tuesday, 5 July, doors 8pm, £20,