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Tiny Lights Has Got Your Goats

The Kootenays newest brand of foot stomping folk music is heading to Ymir.

Cranbrook natives & CBC Radio 3 sweethearts, The Good Ol Goats will be hitting the stage for the Tiny Lights Festival on June 13 to 15.

The band is made up of a half dozen youth, the bulk of which are still in high school. Their music which prominently features banjos and adds mandolin, trumpet and harmonica to the mix, has a truly stand out sound. Gravely sung lyrics are driven with banjo riffs and jumping beats full of energy. It’s the kind of music that moves even the most conservative music lovers to dancing in wild abandonment.

Last year their unique sound landed them a winning spot on CBC Searchlight hosted by Grant Lawrence. Searchlight hunts for Canada’s best new indie artist with a celebrity judging panel, public voting and features on CBCs Radio Q.

“The best part has been getting to listen to cool artists and making connections with them," says lead vocals and banjo picker, Nolan Ackert. 

While he admits they play to a lot of ski bums and in bars, The Goats find their music spans the generation gap. “Obviously our parents listen to us because the have to, but sometimes we have little kids come right up onstage to dance with us and play tambourine.”

Branded as folk music Ackert admits that he’s really not sure of what genre The Goats fall into.

“I can’t even really tell you what folk music is anymore. We kind of adopted that name for our music because we have a guitar and banjo but it’s not a traditional folk sound.”

Despite their average age hovering between 17 and 18 years, the band writes and performs original music.  “I have no idea where the songs are coming from. It’s just how I express myself,” says Akert who also writes most of the material.

“There’s no real roadmap for where the band is heading, we’re not the most organized group of kids but we try. Its a bit of a gong show all the time,” he laughs.

But That Ain't All Folks!


The band will share six stages with 90 other performers including Juno award winners Pugs and Crows, the menacing madness of Geoff Berner and legendary live performances by electronic artist, The Tailor.


Workshops for wildcrafting, beekeeping, DJing, Hula hooping, gold panning, green building, voice workshops, dance workshops, puppet making workshops...

Spoken Word, Theatre, Dance and... Adults Only!

Spoken word performances from the top artists in Canada including Sheri D Wilson, Calgary’s Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor, theatre performance from Lucas Myers and a few adult only shows including the Dirty Book Jam, Power of the Yoni Verse and burlesque by Rosie Delight.

Check the festival schedule on our website to plan your own festival adventure and buy your tickets.