Ted Schinbein from Mitchell, Ontario was kind enough to share his memories of coming to Aberfeldy in 1965 with us in the "Our Pictures" section - but we loved his story so much we thought we'd feature it.
Perhaps there's someone out there who remembers Ted and his friend playing their songs in the unnamed bar, or the Sundowners playing in what sounds like the Kenmore Hotel? If you do, get in touch!
Here's Ted's story:
"In 1965 a friend and I (age 21) travelled to Aberfeldy and stayed with the Steedmans, who had family , our neighbours, here in Mitchell, Ontario, Canada area. We were beginner musicians and played singalong folk songs a couple nights at a local bar, for light and bitters, in copious quantity as I recall (name long forgotten), worked in a local cemetary for a few days cleaning up cinder paths, and rode borrowed bicycles around the area with our guitars on our backs, always looking to meet local players. We heard the 'Sundowners, in a bar, one night, in a nearby village. We sat playing and singing, where Robbie Burns sat. Explored the old Castle Menzies. We still are musicians, somewhat improved, professional, both have owned music stores, and teaching and recording studios, both somewhat retired, and perform regularly.
Funny how looking up a tiny detail, on the net about something , now long forgotten, led me here. We loved the folks o' Aberfeldy and they really took a shine to us two young small town Canadians who have with great perserverance, been able to stay small town, over the last 50 years!"
Thanks to Ted for sending us his story and picture.