AJB Johnston on stairs, black and white photo

62 years ...

2021-09-14 08:30:10 A.J.B. Johnston

About a dozen musicians have played with The Lincolns over the years, including the many reunions.

Only two, drummer Rod Norrie and sax player Layne Francis, go all the way back to the beginning, circa 1959-60. The others who were part of the original five and then six-musician band are all gone.

That’s an incredible span for Rod and Layne, 62 years of playing with The Lincolns! Not all the time anymore, the way it once was. But nonetheless, it’s a remarkable record.

On October 17, at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro, Rod and Layne—and Don Muir, Barry Ryan, Phisch Fancy, Jack Lilly, Dawn Hatfield, Shirley Jackson, Glenn Irving and singer Paul Eisan of course—will get to play again on a stage as The Lincolns. The musical part of the show will be divided in three parts: music from the early ’60s with Rod on the drums; songs from the mid-60s with Glenn on drums and music from the late 60s with Jack taking over on drums.

Long live the Lincolns—and live music everywhere!

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Coming Soon

2021-09-10 13:21:57 A.J.B. Johnston

I’m delighted to see the entry below in the latest newsletter of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

After a delay of a year and a half, A J B (Jay) Johnston‘s Nimbus-published Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns will at last be officially launched on Oct 17, at the Marigold Centre in Truro, NS. The Lincolns will be reassembling for the event and performing seven songs. In other words, it will be a book launch and a concert all-in-one! 

Celebrating the Kings of Friday Night — Marigold Cultural Centre (

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October 17 Event

2021-08-26 12:42:01 A.J.B. Johnston

After a year and a half delay, the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia will finally be hosting the event that is both a musical performance by The Lincolns and the book launch of Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns (Nimbus Publishing).

October 17, 1 to 4 pm. Details are found at the link below, though there is one mistake. Singing for The Lincolns on October 17 will not be Charlie A’Court but rather Paul Eisan.

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July 31 Event

2021-07-20 07:58:30 A.J.B. Johnston

This event has been cancelled.

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Coming Soon

2021-07-14 11:01:00 A.J.B. Johnston

We are still a few weeks away from the release of the new book, Ancient Land, New Land, to be published by PEI’s Acorn Press.

It will be the second time that Jesse Francis and I have collaborated on a book, and once again we are fortunate to have Stéphane Breton do the layout and design. Stéphane did a wonderful job with our first book (Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island). That design was undoubtedly a large factor in why our first book won three prizes.

If possible, I think Stéphane is making the second book even more beautiful and evocative than the first.

In addition to the cover of Ancient Land, New Land, I am posting a few shots of Stéphane Breton’s work on the first book. In this instance, I am presenting its French translation, which was published by La Grande Marée.

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Item of Interest

2021-07-05 08:44:19 A.J.B. Johnston

Mary came across this striking object hanging on a wall in a shop a while back.

The owner said it came off a French ship that was at Louisbourg during the siege in 1758.

What!?! Yes, that’s the oral tradition passed on by the owner of the item.

Mary told me to go in and take a look. I was impressed. On the other hand, I couldn’t see how such an object could have survived the events of 1758, when so many French ships were sunk and/or burned. And, the use of the tricolore theme—bleu, blanc, rouge—was not a color scheme associated with pre-1789 France. Yet if the object dated from the French Revolution, what is the fleur-de-lys doing there?

Nonetheless, viewed from across the room, the object did look like it originated a few centuries ago. It is certainly worth checking out.

I contacted a few friends still working for Parks Canada, and one came to see the object for herself. What happens next is still unwritten, but I’m hoping the object will be analyzed, and, if justified, end up in the care of an organization that can safeguard it. Maybe that will be the Nova Scotia Museum or the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

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