Ulrich Ellison was born and raised in Graz, Austria, though his ancestral roots go back to Ireland. After paying his dues in the rich Viennese music scene, a prestigious jazz scholarship enables him to settle in one of America’s musical hot spots – Austin TX. While working at his MM at UT’s jazz department he wins three of the acclaimed Downbeat student awards. The diversity of the local scene ranging from blues, salsa, rock, indie to singer/songwriter turns out to be the perfect playground for developing a unique personal style. Ellison’s music is based in the blues rock tradition, with psychedelic and celtic elements. His knowledge of classical music and jazz are reflected in long-form jams that cross genres and stylistic boundaries. His song catalogue spans from more blues-based formats to pop-infused sounds to progressive rock and blues, held together with a charismatic presence and a “take-no-prisoners” approach. Ellison’s guitar style is both economic and melodic, focusing on the essential statement, as well as virtuosic and technically fluid. His band „The Tribe“ features acclaimed Texas drummer Joel Duhon who played for Texas blues titans Alan Haynes, Mason Ruffner and Van Wilks, among many others; bass woman (and Ulrich’s wife) Sabine Ellison, known for her work with Bloo Voodoo and Austin blues star Birdlegg, and keyboardist/accordeonist Jan Flemming. The Tribe also works and collaborates with different guest musicians on a regular basis, including John Nelson (Thievery Corporation, Poi Dog Pondering), violinist Will Taylor and keyboardist Winton Reynolds.
Here is what the international press has to say:
“One of the hardest working guys I know” – Soundprofile Magazine, USA
“A Titan on the guitar” – Taunus-Zeitung, Germany
“New Star from Austin” Bluesnews Norway
“Outstanding stage presence and undeniable musical quality” La Hora Del Blues, Spain
“Texan band that provides real Festival atmosphere” – Buetzower Zeitung, Germany
“Bassist and wife Sabine Ellison is a strong team with drummer Joel Duhon, her groovy bass lines are protrusive and sometimes, the drumming is especially tight.” – Bluesmagazine Netherlands