Famous Australian Guitarists

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Angus Young
(Co-Founder and Lead Guitarist for the Hard Rock Band 'AC/DC')
Angus Young
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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."
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Malcolm Young
(Musician)
Malcolm Young
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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.

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Nick Cave
(Singer-songwriter)
Nick Cave
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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. 
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Keith Urban
(Known for His Work in Country Music)
Keith Urban
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Birthdate: October 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Whangārei, 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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Anthony Field
(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)
Anthony Field
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Birthdate: May 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kellyville, Australia
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Courtney Barnett
(Rock Singer Known for Her Deadpan Singing Style and Witty, Rambling Lyrics)
Courtney Barnett
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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

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Daniel Johns
(Best Known as the Former Frontman, Guitarist, and Primary Songwriter of the Rock Band ‘Silverchair')
Daniel Johns
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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.

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Colin Hay
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Colin Hay
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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.

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Brody Armstrong
(Singer-Songwriter, and Guitarist Known as the Frontwoman for Punk Bands 'The Distillers' and 'Spinnerette')
Brody Armstrong
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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. 

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Murray Cook
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Murray Cook
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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.
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Tommy Emmanuel
(Guitarist)
Tommy Emmanuel
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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. 

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Tal Wilkenfeld
(Musician)
Tal Wilkenfeld
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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. 

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Morgan Evans
(Singer-songwriter)
Morgan Evans
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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.  

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Betty Who
(Pop Singer Best Known for Her Singles ‘Somebody Loves You’ and ‘Heartbreak Dream')
Betty Who
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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. 

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Luke Hemmings
(Australian Singer, Musician, Lead Vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist of the Pop Rock Band ‘5 Seconds of Summer’)
Luke Hemmings
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Birthdate: July 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Luke Hemmings, the youngest member of the phenomenally successful Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, had started his career with YouTube covers. A promising model, he has graced the cover of Glass Man magazine. He was part of a highly publicized and controversial relationship with social-media star Arzaylea Rodriguez.

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Slim Dusty
(Australian Cultural Icon and Country Music Singer-Songwriter )
Slim Dusty
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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.

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John Williams
(Guitarist, arranger and composer)
John Williams
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Birthdate: April 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Peter Furler
(Guitarist, Singer)
Peter Furler
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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.

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Kasey Chambers
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Kasey Chambers
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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.

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Jon English
(Singer-Songwriter and Actor Known for His Starring Role in the Australian TV Series ‘Against the Wind')
Jon English
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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. 

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Andrew Farriss
(Composer, Guitarist, Pianist)
Andrew Farriss
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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.

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Mick Harvey
(Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Record producer)
Mick Harvey
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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.

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Red Symons
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Red Symons
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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.

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John Butler
(Frontman for the Australian roots jam band, John Butler Trio, which released three #1 albums, including Sunrise Over Sea)
John Butler
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Birthdate: April 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
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Rowland S. Howard
(Australian Rock Musician Best Known for His Work With the Post-Punk Group ‘The Birthday Party')
Rowland S. Howard
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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.

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Jona Weinhofen
(Musician, Singer, Guitarist)
Jona Weinhofen
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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.

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John Farrar
(Musician, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer)
John Farrar
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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.
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Jay Watson
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Jay Watson
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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
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Keith Potger
(Founding members of the Australian folk-pop group The Seekers)
Keith Potger
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Birthdate: March 21, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Nick Allbrook
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Nick Allbrook
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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.

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Garry Gary Beers
(Australian Musician and Was the Bass Guitarist for the New Wave Rock Group 'INXS')
Garry Gary Beers
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Birthdate: June 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, 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.
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Bernard Fanning
(Australian Musician and Singer Who was the Lead Vocalist of the Queensland Alternative Rock Band 'Powderfinger')
Bernard Fanning
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Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane
 Bernard Fanning is an Austrialian musician who was the lead vocalist of Queensland alternative rock band, Powderfinger. 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.
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Andrew Stockdale
(Singer, Guitarist)
Andrew Stockdale
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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.

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Michael Clifford
(Australian Musician and Lead Guitarist of the Pop Rock Band ‘5 Seconds of Summer’)
Michael Clifford
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Birthdate: November 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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.  

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Billy Thorpe
(Australian Musician, Record Producer and Lead Singer of the Band 'Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs')
Billy Thorpe
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Birthdate: March 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: February 28, 2007

Billy Thorpe was an English-born Australian record producer and singer-songwriter. He is best remembered for his association with the popular rock band Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs which enjoyed success in the mid-1960s. Thorpe is credited with co-developing the pub rock scene in the early-1970s. In 1991, Billy Thorpe was made an inductee of the ARIA Hall of Fame.

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Ron Strykert
(Guitarist, Songwriter)
Ron Strykert
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Birthdate: August 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia
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Kirk Pengilly
(Saxophonist, Guitarist)
Kirk Pengilly
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Birthdate: July 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kew, Australia
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Tim Farriss
(Guitarist)
Tim Farriss
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Birthdate: August 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
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Craig Nicholls
(Singer, Composer, Painter, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Craig Nicholls
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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.

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Steve Kilbey
(Poet, Painter, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer)
Steve Kilbey
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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. 

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Nic Cester
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist)
Nic Cester
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Birthdate: July 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne
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Ian Moss
(Guitarist, Songwriter)
Ian Moss
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Birthdate: March 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alice Springs, Australia
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Chris Joannou
(Bassist, Guitarist)
Chris Joannou
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Birthdate: November 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newcastle, Australia
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Nick Seymour
(Guitarist, Record producer)
Nick Seymour
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Birthdate: December 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benalla, Australia
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Frank Gambale
(Guitarist, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist)
Frank Gambale
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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.


 
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Mandawuy Yunupingu
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Birthdate: September 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yirrkala, Australia
Died: June 2, 2013
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Doc Neeson
(Singer, Songwriter)
Doc Neeson
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Birthdate: January 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: June 4, 2014
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Tim Rogers
(Singer, Guitarist)
Tim Rogers
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Birthdate: September 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalgoorlie - Boulder, Australia
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Phil Emmanuel
(Guitar player)
Phil Emmanuel
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Birthdate: July 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dorrigo, Australia
Died: May 24, 2018
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Richard Clapton
(Singer-songwriter, Record producer)
Richard Clapton
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Birthdate: May 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Australia