THREE AUSSIE GREATS
Matt Taylor, Phil Manning and Broderick Smith are three of Australia’s most respected musicians. On the left of the photograph is singer/guitarist/harp player Matt Taylor, in the centre is singer/guitarist Phil Manning, both members of the legendary ‘Chain’. On the right is singer/harp player Broderick Smith, who many people remember from the 1970s band ‘The Dingoes’, as well as ‘Broderick Smith’s Big Combo’. All three have led successful solo careers, and are talented songwriters. The trio were performing together in a 1991 Australia-wide tour called ‘Blues Power’.
The trio were performing together in a 1991 Australia-wide tour called ‘Blues Power’, and were accompanied by Hammond player, Mick ‘The Reverend’ O’Connor, bass player Peter ‘Brolga’ Coughlan, and drummer Robert Dillon ("Please don't call me Bob").
The band played to enthusiastic, packed houses wherever they appeared. I went along to their Melbourne shows, at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, the Station Hotel in Prahran, and the Baxter Provender on the Mornington Peninsula. All three men are still highly active, with Matt and Phil touring their Chain performances to rapt audiences.