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Encyclopedia entry for 'Eighteenth Century Quartet' LETTER:

Formed in 1966
StyleFolk, 'baroque rock
 Original line-up: Hans Poulsen (guitar, vocals, bouzouki, mandolin), Keith Glass (guitar, vocals; ex-Rising Suns), John Pugh (guitar, violin, autoharp, harmonica, vocals; ex-Roadrunners), Frank Lyons (bass), Dennis Forster (drums, ex-Rising Suns)

History
Melbourne band Eighteenth Century Quartet was essentially a manufactured group, put together by promoter Ian Oshlack to capitalise on the American trend towards folk and baroque pop as practised by The Lovin' Spoonful (`Do You Believe in Magic?') and The Left Banke (`Walk Away Renee').

Before the other members joined, Hans Poulsen had already issued his own custom-pressed single `The World Goes on'/`I'm Gonna Treat You Good' (on the East label) under the name of 18CQ. That line-up also comprised Steve Dunstan and the wonderfully named Baarda. Poulsen was a prolific songwriter, and Eighteenth Century Quartet played an almost totally original set which was virtually unheard of at that stage. The band signed to the Go!! label and issued two singles, `Rachel'/`Distant Relative' (October 1966) and `Am I a Lover?'/ `Drawing Room' (December 1966). The first two songs were Poulsen compositions, the second two were written by Keith Glass. By the end of 1966, Poulsen had left to concentrate on his songwriting. He enjoyed a string of solo hits in the early 1970s.

By the time the second single came out, the band's live repertoire bore no relationship to the earlier folk-rock trappings. Glass and John Pugh had come from an R&B background, so the band began playing more uptempo soul/R&B/rock material. In March 1967, Glass and Pugh abandoned the Eighteenth Century Quartet concept to form Cam-Pact. Glass later re-recorded `Drawing Room' with Cam-Pact.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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