Goats named runners up

Cranbrook band places second in the country in CBC Music’s search for the best new talent

They were just one of almost 3,000 bands across the country to enter CBC Music’s Searchlight contest back in February.

On Friday, Cranbrook’s The Good Ol’ Goats reached the end of their Searchlight journey as runners up in the hunt for Canada’s best new artists.

Their final competition, Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, won the contest. The band from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, is managed by Bob Hallett, one of the founding members of Great Big Sea, and has played at the Vancouver Olympics and the Juno awards.

The final results of the contest were announced by CBC presenter Jian Ghomeshi on Q on Friday morning.

For being named runners up, CBC Music will make a music video with The Good Ol’ Goats.

After the announcement Friday, the band tweeted: “Huge thanks to CBC and everyone that supported us through the competition. Big congrats to our new friends Sherman Downey for winning!”

The local band, which formed in 2011, consists of Mount Baker Secondary School students 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.

The Goats performed sold-out concerts at Dewey’s Pub and Grill over the weekend, following on from a popular gig at Kimberley Alpine Resort’s Spring Splash last weekend.