PERSONALITY over technical proficiency, memorable riffs over shredding solos and performance over posing — these are the signatures of a great Australian guitarist, according to our musicians. Cold Chisel axeman Ian Moss, AC/DC stoic rhythm player Malcolm Young, The Living End’s prodigiously talented frontman Chris Cheney, internationally acclaimed acoustic wizard Tommy Emmanuel and the dangerously dynamic Gareth Liddard of The Drones topped the News Corp poll.
Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss was a popular choice with pub rock architects and aspirant. Although the top five ranking is purely subjective, Moss exemplifies Marks’ criteria of recognising a unique “voice”, songwriting and technical ability matched with their singular personality.
“We have a wealth of talented guitarists who merge technical ability with a real passion for songwriting and authorship of what they are playing.”
Moss’s bandmate Don Walker did not apologise for his bias. “An explanation?” he asked with his classic understatement.
Rising indie rockers Kingswood are also Moss fans. Guitarist Alexander Laska wrote almost an essay in paying tribute to the respected rocker, tracing his origins in Orange, which became Cold Chisel. “His musical capabilities are simply fantastic. Moss can deliver subtlety with intensity, intensity with subtlety, complete dedication to the sentiment of what he is conveying but without overlooking what is clearly an inherent musical constitution,” Laska said. “One of the biggest aspects of what makes Ian Moss an amazing musician is his phrasing. It is effortless and impeccably timed, everything considered but not contrived, which makes the experience completely natural and easy to comprehend — even though sometimes quite musically complex. Needless to say his abilities both with the guitar and his voice are of a high technical capacity and it is clear to see that he has used his influences to mould a unique musical voice, rather than a transparent template of what has come before him.”
Ian’s Six Strings Classics Tour kicks off in May 2015, make sure you check out when Ian is playing near you.