Famous Australian Guitarists

Find out more about the greatest Australian Guitarists, including Keith Urban, Nick Cave, Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brody Dalle.

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 1 Angus Young

Angus Young
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Angus Young, AC/DC co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter, migrated to Australia at 13. After dropping out of school at 15, he started playing instruments. Named the Best Australian Guitarist of All Time by Australian Guitar magazine, he is known for his uniform outfits and for reviving Chuck Berry's "duck walk."

 2 Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 18, 2017

Malcolm Young was an Australian musician. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band AC/DC. He is also credited with popularizing the band and was described by many as the leader and the driving force of the band. Widely regarded as one of the best rhythm guitarists ever, Young was a leading exponent of rhythm guitar in rock music.

 3 Nick Cave

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warracknabeal
Nick Cave is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The ARIA Hall of Fame inductee is known for the intense themes of his songs, such as death. He has also written several books, including novels and anthologies of his poetry. 

 4 Helen Reddy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 5 Orianthi

Orianthi
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Famous As: Rock Musician, Singer
Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Named one among the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine, Australian musician, singer and songwriter Orianthi Penny Panagaris began playing the guitar at the age of three and moved to acoustic by six. At fifteen, she began her professional career, concurrently focusing on songwriting and released her debut independent album at the age of 20. 

 6 Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

 7 Keith Urban

Keith Urban
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Whang─ürei, New Zealand

Four-time Grammy-winner Keith Urban had already tasted success in Australia, before making his American debut with a platinum-certified solo album. He knows how to play a variety of instruments, including the sitar, guitar, piano, and mandolin. His track Somebody Like You was named Billboard’s greatest country hit of the 2000s.

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 8 Anthony Field

Anthony Field
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Famous As: Musician, best known as a leader of the children's group the Wiggles and a member of the 1980s and 1990s pop band the Cockroaches
Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kellyville, Australia

 9 Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Courtney Barnett is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. Renowned for her witty lyrics and deadpan singing style, Barnett achieved international recognition after releasing her highly successful EP, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Over the years, she has won several important awards, such as APRA Music Awards, ARIA Music Awards, and AIR Awards

 10 Daniel Johns

Daniel Johns
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Daniel Johns is an Australian singer, songwriter, and musician best known for his association with Silverchair where he was the former frontman and lyricist. Renowned for his guitaring skills, Daniel Johns was ranked 18th on Rolling Stone magazine's 25 Most Underrated Guitarists list in 2007.

 11 Colin Hay

Colin Hay
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kilwinning

Colin Hay is an Australian-American musician, actor, singer, and songwriter. Known for his work with popular bands like Men at Work, Hay's music has been immortalized by actor-director Zach Braff, who has used his music in many of his own works. In 2020, Hay was honored at the APRA Awards with the Distinguished Services Award for his contribution to music.

 12 Brody Armstrong

Brody Armstrong
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 13 Murray Cook

Murray Cook
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cowra
Australian musician, writer and producer Murray Cook was one of the founding members of the children's band, the Wiggles. His famous works include The Wiggles: Racing to the Rainbow, Ant-Man and The Wiggles: Sailing Around the World. Cook was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 along with three original members of the Wiggles.

 14 Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Tal Wilkenfeld is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She developed an early interest in music and graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. She is the bandleader of her own bands and has also performed in collaboration with artists including Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Prince, and Mick Jagger. She is a regular practitioner of meditation. 

 15 Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: May 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Muswellbrook, Australia

Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist. He started early, becoming a professional musician at the age of six! He initially played with his family band. After the death of his father, he became a part of country music star Buddy Williams’ band. As a young man, he played for many bands and also pursued a solo career. 

 16 Morgan Evans

Morgan Evans
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newcastle, Australia

Morgan Evans is an Australian country music singer-songwriter. Interested in music from a young age, he performed his first gig when he was just 13. As a teenager, he was part of a local rock trio that also featured his brother, Tom. He released his self-titled debut album in 2014 and has since released several albums, EPs, and singles.  

 17 Betty Who

Betty Who
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Betty Who is a singer-songwriter best known for her cover of Donna Lewis’ song I Love You Always Forever. Born in Australia, she moved to USA as a young girl to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. She began her career as an independent artist and later signed with RCA Records. She is openly bisexual. 

 18 John Williams

John Williams
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Famous As: Guitarist, arranger and composer
Birthdate: April 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 19 Slim Dusty

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: June 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia
Died: September 19, 2003

Iconic Australian country singer Slim Dusty mirrored the Australian bush life through his songs. His masterpieces include A Pub with No Beer, the first gold-certified Australian track. He earned a record 45 Golden Guitar honors at the Tamworth Country Music Awards but lost his battle with cancer at 76.

 20 Peter Furler

Peter Furler
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: McLaren Vale

Australian musician Peter Furler is best known for his band Newsboys, which he co-established and now leads as its main vocalist. Born to Christian missionaries, he grew up to establish himself as a significant figure in the Christian rock genre. He is also the cousin of renowned singer Sia.

 21 Jon English

Jon English
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 9, 2016

Jon English was an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Born in England, he moved to Australia with his family as a young boy. He began his career in music by chance when he was just in his teens. He proceeded to become a famous singer and also ventured into acting. He was the recipient of several awards. 

 22 Matt Corby

Matt Corby
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney,New South Wales, Australia

Matt Corby is an Australian singer-songwriter. He loved music from an early age and was encouraged by his parents and teachers to follow his passion. As a teenager, he auditioned for the fifth season of the reality TV show Australian Idol and emerged as the runner-up. In the ensuing years, he successfully established himself as a popular singer. 

 23 Kasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Gambier

Though known as a country singer, Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers also mixes folk, blues, and rock n’ roll in her music. Born to the country singer duo Bill and Diane Chambers, she joined her family band at age 10. She later released chartbusting solo hits such as Not Pretty Enough.

 24 Rowland S. Howard

Rowland S. Howard
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Famous As: Musician, songwriter
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: December 30, 2009

Rowland S. Howard began his career playing the guitar and writing songs as a teenager. A significant name in the rock, punk, and post-punk scene, he later gained fame with the band The Birthday Party. He was working on the album Pop Crimes when he lost his battle with liver cancer.

 25 Andrew Farriss

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Famous As: Composer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth

The cofounder of the Australia’s iconic rock band, INXS, Andrew Farriss also serves as its main songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and backing vocalist. Opening his first band, Doctor Dolphin, while in high school, he later joined The Farriss Brothers before cofounding The Vegetables, which later became INXS. Winner of many awards, he released his debut album at the age of 62.

 26 Red Symons

Red Symons
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brighton

Known for his signature horn-rimmed glasses and his sarcastic sense of humor, Red Symons gained fame as a judge on Red Faces and Australia's Got Talent. The Australian radio and TV personality has also performed as part of Skyhooks and used the pseudonym Red Pinko Sims for many recordings.

 27 Mick Harvey

Mick Harvey
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester

Mick Harvey is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and arranger. He often collaborates with his longtime friend and fellow musician Nick Cave, with whom he formed the bands The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party. He also has a successful solo career. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including many ARIA Awards.

 28 John Butler

John Butler
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Famous As: Frontman for the Australian roots jam band, John Butler Trio, which released three #1 albums, including Sunrise Over Sea
Birthdate: April 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States

 29 Jona Weinhofen

Jona Weinhofen
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adelaide

Australian guitarist Jona Weinhofen is best known for his association with the Australian band I Killed the Prom Queen and the British band Bring Me the Horizon. His death metal and deathcore music has earned him a spot on the Australian Guitar magazine’s list of the country's top 50 guitarists.

 30 Jay Watson

Jay Watson
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Australia
Australian multi-instrumentalist, Jay Watson, is best known as a member of the psychedelic rock bands Tame Impala and Pond. Also a producer, singer, and songwriter, Watson has released five albums under the name GUM. He was given the nickname Gumby, which referred to the clay animation TV show. Some of his famous albums include Lonerism, Glamorous Damage and Delorean Highway

 31 Keith Potger

Keith Potger
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Famous As: Founding members of the Australian folk-pop group The Seekers
Birthdate: March 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 32 John Farrar

John Farrar
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Famous As: Musician, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: November 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne
Australian music producer, John Farrar, was a former member of several rock and roll groups including The Mustangs and  The Strangers. As a songwriter and producer, he wrote number-one hit singles like Have You Never Been Mellow, You're the One That I Want. Farrar also produced the hit single, I Honestly Love You, which won a Grammy Award in 1975.

 33 Garry Garry Beers

Garry Garry Beers
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: June 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
INXS bass guitarist Garry Williams Beers was born to working-class parents in Sydney. He was also the man behind the Mangrove Recording Studios, a premier studio on Australia’s Central Coast. A major figure in the new wave scene, his double name was misprinted later as Garry Gary, which he adopted.

 34 Andrew Stockdale

Andrew Stockdale
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane

Andrew Stockdale gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Wolfmother. Apart from releasing iconic albums such as Cosmic Egg with his band, he also released solo records such as Keep Moving. The APRA Award winner has revolutionized the neo-psychedelia and stoner rock genres.

 35 Kirk Pengilly

Kirk Pengilly
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Famous As: Saxophonist, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kew, Australia

 36 Bernard Fanning

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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane
Australian musician Bernard Fanning is the lead vocalist of Queensland alternative rock band, Powderfinger, since its formation in 1989. Fanning is heavily influenced by musicians such as David Bowie and The Beatles. His album Odyssey no. 5 is one of the highest-selling albums in Australia. Fanning is associated with philanthropic causes and is an advocate for Aboriginal justice in Australia.

 37 Nick Allbrook

Nick Allbrook
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Subiaco

Australian psychedelic rock sensation Nick Allbrook is better known as the lead singer of Pond. Initially interested in sports such as soccer and skateboarding, he took to music much later. His was one of the rare bands to release a track, Pink Lunettes, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 38 Michael Clifford

Michael Clifford
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Famous As: Musician & Social Media Star
Birthdate: November 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney

Michael Clifford is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. He is a member of the pop-rock band, 5 Seconds of Summer. Interested in music from his teens, he played guitar with his school’s church band. He and his future bandmates formed 5 Seconds of Summer in late 2011. The band has since sold over ten million albums worldwide.  

 39 Ron Strykert

Ron Strykert
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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia

 40 Tim Farriss

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

 41 Craig Nicholls

Craig Nicholls
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Painter, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Best known as lead singer and solo continues member of the Australian alternative rock band The Vines, Craig Nicholls developed an early interest in music. He opened his band, then called Rishikesh, in 1994. Later he changed the name to Vines and as it started playing gigs he began writing songs for it, also painting covers for several of its album.

 42 Steve Kilbey

Steve Kilbey
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Famous As: Poet, Painter, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: September 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City

Steve Kilbey is an English-Australian singer-songwriter and bass guitarist best known for his association with the rock band The Church. He performs as a solo artist as well and has 14 solo albums to his name. A multi-talented personality, he is also a poet, painter, and music producer. As an artist, he has had at least two exhibits in US. 

 43 Ian Moss

Ian Moss
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Famous As: Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alice Springs, Australia

 44 Nic Cester

Nic Cester
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne

 45 Chris Joannou

Chris Joannou
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Famous As: Bassist, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newcastle, Australia

 46 Frank Gambale

Frank Gambale
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Famous As: Guitarist, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: December 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canberra

Australian jazz fusion guitarist Frank Gambale has released twenty albums over a period of three decades. After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, Gambale taught there from 1984 to 1986. He is known for his use of sweep picking and economy picking techniques. Gambale has also been head of the guitar department at the LA Music Academy.


 

 47 Nick Seymour

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Famous As: Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: December 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benalla, Australia

 48 Mandawuy Yunupingu

Mandawuy Yunupingu
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yirrkala, Australia
Died: June 2, 2013

 49 Richard Clapton

Richard Clapton
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: May 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Australia

 50 Doc Neeson

Doc Neeson
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: June 4, 2014