The 1860 Band Profile

Gary Steel
8 May 2013

Formed from the chain-smoked ashes of Wellington’s Quincy Conserve, Malcolm Hayman’s unofficial training academy for session and touring pros, The 1860 Band killed off its parent group when it proved the more popular of the two with pub patrons.

While Hayman receded into ill-health and obscurity with Captain Custard, The 1860 Band – whose name was imaginatively taken from the Lambton Quay tavern at which it held an extended Saturday afternoon residency – kept drinkers happy with a selection of jazz, funk and disco grooves, culminating in the release of their self-titled 1978 debut and swansong, now a sought-after item by rare groove hunters.

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The 1860 Band's sole album, from 1978
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Rodger Fox - trombone

Martin Winch - guitar

Peter Blake - keyboards

Billy Brown - drums

Rob Winch - bass

Geoff Culverwell - flugelhorn

Dave Pearson - bass

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The late Martin Winch hit it big later on in his career with the easy listening Espresso Guitar album in 2002, which hit No.1 on the local charts, and sold over 80,000 copies.