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Goat votes keep local hopes afloat

Young Cranbrook band now in Canada’s top four in the CBC Searchlight contest
The Good Ol’ Goats

Up-and-coming Cranbrook band The Good Ol' Goats continue to turn heads across the nation, and now they are in the top four new bands in Canada.

CBC's Searchlight contest scans the country to source out the best new bands, and it has set its sights firmly on The Good Ol' Goats.

On Tuesday, April 2, the local band, made up of Mount Baker Secondary School students, progressed to the semifinals of the Searchlight contest, placing the band in the top four in Canada.

Over the next week, until midnight on Sunday, April 7, people can vote online at to put The Goats through to the grand final.

The four remaining bands are St. John’s, Newfoundland band Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, Hamilton, Ontario band Poor Angus, and Ottawa’s Henry Norwood, who is The Goats’ direct competition in this penultimate round.

The Good Ol’ Goats are so close to winning the contest, which secures them a paid gig at the CBC Music festival in Toronto, a CBC Music video session, and $20,000 worth of musical equipment from Yamaha Canada.

It’s been a meteoric rise for the young local band that formed in 2011.

The Good Ol’ Goats consists of Joelle Winkel on shaker and backing vocals, Nolan Ackert on lead vocals, banjo and guitar, Angus MacDonald on mandolin, backing vocals and fiddle, Theo Moore on standup bass and backing vocals, Julian Bueckert on drums and Angus Liedtke on guitar, dobro, banjo, harmonica and vocals.