Dance the night away to Frank MacKay and The Lincolns

Popular band getting together for performances in Truro, Tatamagouche

Published on July 17, 2012
In this 1960s picture of The Lincolns, included members, from left, Layne Francis, Lee Taylor, Frank MacKay, Rod Norrie, Brian Chisholm, Frank Mumford. Several original members will perform in Truro and Tatamagouche next month, with some special guests. Submitted photo

TRURO - It's time to put on your dancing shoes as Frank MacKay and The Lincolns get ready to roll into town.

The band, popular in the 1960s, is performing two shows next month - one for the Truro schools reunion weekend and the other in Tatamagouche the following day.

"We don't get together to play that much anymore," said MacKay, from his home in Halifax. "But we've been coming back the last couple of years. We started in Truro last year with the reunion and had a show in Tatamagouche on the back end of it, so it's the exact same way (this year)."

With a number of the original band members on the bill, MacKay said all three of the band's drummers - Jack Lilly, Rod Norrie (the original drummer) and Glenn Irving - will be together for the weekend.

"It's not always easy getting all three of the drummers together, but I know all three are really excited to perform again," said MacKay.

Others performing during the weekend include Donnie Muir on keyboards and Layne Francis on tenor saxophone, as well as Barry Ryan on lead guitar.

"Barry was our original bass player, but when Frank (Mumford) passed away in 2004, Barry took over on lead," explained MacKay.

As part of the schools reunion weekend, MacKay and The Lincolns will perform Aug. 4 at the Truro Curling Club.

While the reunion is open to any student from 1960-70 at Colchester County Academy and Truro Senior High School, the dance, which begins at 9 p.m., is open to friends of those students.

The Lincolns performed at the reunion last year and since attendees had a great time, organizers of this year's reunion approached MacKay to perform again.

"The thing was, everybody had a great time last year so when I was asked, I sent out an email to the guys to see if they'd want to do it again," MacKay said.

"Because we don't get together that often anymore, to have the chance to perform together for a weekend is a great chance. Even though most of us live in the general area, everybody has their own lives."

The following day, MacKay and The Lincolns will take to the new outdoor Senator's Stage at the Creamery Square as part of an unveiling of the Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre.

The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m., rain or shine, and visitors are asked to bring their own seating.

Joining MacKay and The Lincolns for the performances are Greg "Fish" Fancy on bass, and Shirley Jackson and members of her Good Rockin' Daddys band - Dawn Hatfield and Dave Harrison.

"We'll have a nice big horn section giving those in the audience the flavor that they need," said MacKay.

Rounding out the group is sound guy Geoff Doane.

As one of the organizers for this year's school reunion, Brent Stone couldn't be happier to have Frank MacKay and The Lincolns headlining the dance.

"They were THE band," said Stone. "They were to Truro what Kenny Weeks and the Meteors were to Halifax."

Stone attended last year's reunion and had a blast at the dance and wanted to centre the reunion around the band's performance this year.

"They still have a great following. They're the reason we're having this, so everyone can have a chance to rock and roll."

For information or tickets on the schools reunion performance, call Brent Stone at (902) 897-8852 or Karen MacLean at (902) 897-6299.


WHERE: Truro Curling Club

WHO: Frank MacKay and The Lincolns

WHEN: Aug. 4, 9 p.m., doors open at 8

WHY: As part of the reunion for any student from 1960-70 at Colchester County Academy and Truro Senior High School.



WHERE: Creamery Square, Tatamagouche

WHEN: Aug. 5, 2 to 5 p.m.

WHY: As part of the unveiling of the Margaret Fawcett Norrie Heritage Centre