Stirling Times

Ladies lead way

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EXPERIENCE gained as part of the Hillarys Yacht Club team for the State Women’s Keelboat Championsh­ips paid off for several of the crew when they took the helm in the annual Ladies Skippers’ race on April 18.

The winning female skippers of the three divisions came from the team and in helming the quicker boats in an easterly breeze that faded towards the end of the race, they also recorded the fastest time.

Sonia Johnson had the helm of Deckchairs Overboard and was first and fastest in division one followed by Julie Beeck skippering her own boat La Premiere and Tracy Utting steering Sophia.

In division two Gail Riley skippered Farrouk for a first and fastest result ahead of Eleanor Wise on Blue Chip and Leeann Mohi on Sheer Magic.

Three of the skippers of the division three yachts were teammates for the State championsh­ips with Ilona Malinowski successful on Salamander (first and fastest) with Magda Urban at the helm of Stelfred in second place and Sally Simmonds on Sensei third.

It was a stark contrast to the conditions for last week’s race to Mindarie in very strong winds associated with the cyclone.

fantastic music scene.

“We started Western Flyer and we’d play at the Charles, I think, on a Sunday afternoon and you couldn’t move; it was just amazing,” Taylor said.

“To me, from about ’75 to certainly ’85, Perth had the second-best music scene after Melbourne as far as live performanc­e was

concerned.

“Someone told me at one stage there were 35 profession­al bands in WA. I doubt if there’d be five now.”

The book also showcases Australian blues’ evolution into stylistic variations Oz Blues and Oz Indigo, and Taylor’s philosophy that the genre is the basis of all

modern music.

“I used to say that if you took blues out of modern music, only Barry Manilow would be left, so the guys bought me a book about him and in it he says ‘my first great love of music was rhythm and blues,’ so it’s even in Barry,” Taylor laughed.

“You know, you’re

probably safer to say you’d be left with Doris Day.”

He described the late Muddy Waters as “the best of the best” and often pays tribute to him at most of his live shows, while his greatest compliment came from the late Albert Collins.

“Chain toured with Albert for about two or three weeks during the late

’80s and one night after we played he came up to me and said, ‘Matt, I know you play the blues, but it ain’t like no blues I’ve ever

heard’,” Taylor said.

He will perform a solo gig at The Charles Hotel in North Perth on April 27 to officially launch the book.

“I play all the early stuff and then show you how it morphs into Oz Blues, which evolves into Oz Indigo, so you get a whole sort of 50-odd year history of the blues,” Taylor said.

“If people think they know a bit about Australian music, I suggest they come along because they’ll be rather enlightene­d by the show.”

Matt Taylor: I Remember When I Was Young by Phil Riseboroug­h and Toby Burrows is available via High Voltage Publishing.

 ?? Picture: John Bird ?? Tracy Utting on the helm of Sophia.
Picture: John Bird Tracy Utting on the helm of Sophia.
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 ??  ?? Chain members Phil Manning (left), Barry Harvey, Barry Sullivan and Matt Taylor perform on the Gold Coast in the 1970s.
Chain members Phil Manning (left), Barry Harvey, Barry Sullivan and Matt Taylor perform on the Gold Coast in the 1970s.
 ??  ?? Taylor hits the stage at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, 1974.
Taylor hits the stage at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, 1974.

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