African Heritage Month, 2

Published January 1, 2021 by A.J.B. Johnston

To mark this year’s African Heritage Month, I’d like to say a few more words about the influence Murray Dorrington had on Nova Scotia’s premier 1960s band, The Lincolns.

That influence was especially strong on singer, Frank MacKay. It was an important mentorship. Frank liked to say that he went to UMD: the University of Murray Dorrington.

I offer a few pages on the topic of Murray Dorrington’s influence and how The Lincolns broke down racial barriers in Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns.

With this post, however, I’d like to share a photo that I saw for the first time only recently. It was taken during the opening night performance of SOMA at Delmer’s Barn (outside Truro, NS) in 1969, after The Lincolns had broken up. In this photo you can see some of the 13 musicians who played with the band in the beginning, with Frank MacKay singing at the mic. And there in the background (on the left) is none other than Murray Dorrington!

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