The Goats playing gig at Mann Art Gallery

Jodi Schellenberg
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The Goats may be an unusual name for a band, but these men don’t shy away from their odd name.

The Goats, a folk/blue grass band from Prince Albert, will be playing at the Mann Art Gallery on April 18.

The name started as a joke, the band members claimed. One day they were all joking around and the name just stuck.

“I’ve also learned if everyone agrees on a band name you go with it because it is hard to come up with anything for a band name,” Wade Fehr laughed.

“I think it sets us apart too,” Joshua L’Henaff said. “People are like, “The Goats?” and they don’t forget it.”

Not only is the name easy to remember, it also fits in with their sound. The Goats play mostly folk, roots and blue grass types of music.

“We have kind of blue grass instrumentation but kind of take a modern take on it,” Ryan Spracklin said. “A contemporary feel.”

The band was started when Fehr and Spracklin started playing together. They started informally jamming and soon asked L’Henaff and Abraham Lancaster to join in.

“I kind of introduced them to each other and then when they figured out they needed a bass player I got roped into it,” Lancaster joked.

“Abe was the one to bring it all together and then in about July we decided why don’t we turn it into something a little more permanent,” added Spracklin.

They all enjoy playing together and said being friends is an important part of being in a band.

“You can take two talented musicians and put them in a room and they don’t necessarily get along together while they are playing,” L’Henaff said. “I think that a major thing that the four of us have is we all get along and all have good jam chemistry. We all have similar likes and tastes in music, so I think that helps big time but I think the big benefactor is we all get along pretty well.”

Most people in the Prince Albert area enjoy their music too.

“I think the locale of this area of northern Saskatchewan really likes that kind of style of music as well, so it is something we have all been part of a culture of living in this area and people can also enjoy it from listening to us that way,” Lancaster said.

They play a variety of music written by other artists, but have also started coming up with their own as well.

“Wade and Josh have both brought some original material to the band, so we have a lot of fun doing a quartet of those songs, which is fun to do,” Spracklin said. “We evolve with the music we do, based on what we get a feeling for.”

“We have started writing a couple songs together as well,” Fehr added.

They encourage people in the community to come check out their performance at the Mann Art Gallery on April 18.

“Not only are you supporting the local art gallery, you are supporting live arts, local arts and local musicians,” Lancaster said. “The bar will be run by the Mann Art Gallery, so proceeds will be going to the Mann Art Gallery to support some of their fundraising endeavours.”

Recently the band went to the Ness Creek auditions, which were a blast.

“It went really well and we packed the dance floor and people were dancing throughout the entire set,” Spracklin said. “We are really pumped after that and really motivated to keep that momentum because it was a heck of a good show and we want to keep bringing that.”

They will be joined by Saskatoon band Gunner and Smith at the Mann Gallery.

“That is quite a fun thing because they have never played up here before and they did end up playing at Ness Creek but they weren’t able to make it here before,” Spracklin said. “They are from Saskatoon and have a good sound as well. I think it works really well with ours.”

The show is one April 18 at 7:30 at the Mann Art Gallery. Tickets are available at the gallery, the Prince Albert Multicultural Centre or by contacting any of the band members. The band can also be found on Facebook.

Organizations: Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert Multicultural Centre

Geographic location: Prince Albert, Northern Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

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