Whatever personal sets of circumstances brought so many top-class musicians to live in such a small village, it paid off when Creative Scotland handed over £50,000 as part of this year's Creative Place Awards. Pathhead won in the under-2500 category; the other recipients, with a greater number of inhabitants, were Huntly and Kilmarnock.
The formation of the 15-strong Pathhead Music Collective (PMC) - whose members include Corrina Hewat, Karine Polwart and Lau's Martin Green in the folk corner, Dave Milligan flying the flag for jazz and bagpipe-maker Nigel Richard bringing knowledge of Indian ragas to the mix - has given the village's efforts a clearer focus.
Last weekend, some of that 50 grand was well spent as the inaugural Music In The Heid Festival crammed two days of events into every public nook and cranny. The Herald is Creative Place Awards media partner, so no excuse was needed to immerse myself in all that was going on.
It was a very hands-on affair: mid-afternoon on Saturday I found myself shaking, beating and banging at the Drumming Workshop led by Tom Bancroft in St Mary's Chapel. I discovered my inner Animal while acting like a bit of a Muppet.
On Saturday night in the Village Hall, the Bevvy Sisters made sweet bluesy harmonies before a one-off reformation of Ted's Shirt (a fixture of the Amsterdam blues/rock scene in the 1990s that featured Pathhead resident Tom Lyne) delivered a superior covers set. When joined on stage by the saxophone of Phil Bancroft, at times it resembled someone playing Now That's What I Call Good Songs From Alan Morrison's School Disco Era Vol 1 and John Coltrane's Giant Steps simultaneously. I mean that in the best way possible.
Sophie Bancroft soothed my head at Sunday's Jazz Brunch in the Stair Arms, and a guided walk gave me a better sense of the bottom end of the village before the majority of PMC members plied their trade in solo or combined formats at the Festival Finale Concert in St Mary's Chapel.
The closing group rendition of ex-Pathhead man Sandy Wright's Shining Star was a nod to the village's past. The fact the PMC will continue to encourage locals through the Pathhead Choir bodes well for its future.