Gary Strike sent me this memory and I thought we should jog everyone’s memories– especially for Canada’s 150th. Anniversary.
“A number of years ago I was driving Lyle Dillabough up to my cottage. Before we left I asked Lyle to write a song called Proud Canadians. Lyle agreed and began the whole thought process and started to piece it together. By the time we got to my cottage, which was an hour and a half drive, he had half the song written. Lyle is such a great music composer that at 9:00 pm. he had the song completed.
Within a week we had the song recorded and the song got plenty of media coverage on CJOH, The New RO and other station. To our surprise the song was featured on the news on Canada Day. I just realized that the song is a very good depiction for our 150th. Anniversary.”- Gary Strike
As a footnote Valerie and Gary are planning on going to “the Hill” on Canada Day and create a Canadian Unity Signature Flag which is a special Commemorative 150th. Anniversary Flag. I agree with Gary and this is a “blast from the past” Lanark County memory
This is Lyle and Jennifer Fenwick Irwin when we had the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum picnic last year. I have heard many stories about Lyle, but never met him personally until a few years ago.
Lyle is not your average bear musician. Soft spoken, kind, and has a well rounded knowledge of Carleton Place. He knows more than you think he knows, trust me. I have had a few discussions with Lyle now and love listening to his stories about the area. I personally call myself the National Enquirer reporter of local history, but Lyle is the real deal.
Lyle has a new book out and does Tales from the Troubador on Valley Heritage radio. Support someone who has stood tall in our community and remains one of the most popular storytellers in our area. Love you Lyle!