Museum exhibit celebrates two centuries of Colchester County music

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Rod Norrie is no longer surprised when strangers recognize him.
"I went to Paul McCartney's concert (last summer in Halifax) and a man came up to me and said, 'You were in The Lincolns.'"
Norrie, from Truro, was one of five original members of The Lincolns, who rose to fame singing
R and B and rock and roll cover tunes with a few original pieces from 1959 to 2003.
The Lincolns are only one of the musical greats being celebrated at the Colchester Historical Museum in Truro, beginning Saturday. An exhibit, Joyful Sounds: Two Centuries of Colchester Music, will officially open at 2 p.m.
Norrie is excited to relive the days of The Lincolns through the exhibit. He said it's like taking a trip down memory lane.
"We started as The Valiants, like the car, and a year later changed our name to The Lincolns, like the bigger car," said Norrie, who was the band's drummer from 1959 to 1968. The group had changed members many times over the years, until it disbanded in 2003.
As the exhibit was being set up earlier this week, Norrie showed off some of the pictures and original instruments from the band that are featured in the exhibit.
"I want to meet people who spent their childhood with us and hear their stories ... it will be like reliving our childhood," said Norrie.
Shortts Lake's Mary Shephard is also looking forward to the music exhibit. She taught music in Truro, Brookfield, Hilden and East Stewiacke and some of her family's accomplishments will be featured in the exhibit.
"There's been so much music in Colchester County and it would be a terrific hole to not feature it," said Shephard.
"People don't really know all the facets of music available here ... it's a rare treat to see all of it together. It's amazing what went on and goes on here musically."
Aidan Norton, the museum's curator, said reflecting on the county's musical accomplishments is long overdue.
"It's a story that needed to be told because the county has a strong musical background," said Norton. "Nova Scotia is known to be a musical place and the county is very in tune with music."

Organizations: R and B, Colchester Historical Museum

Geographic location: TRURO, Colchester County, Halifax East Stewiacke Nova Scotia

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