Two Drumheller musicians had the opportunity to bask in the bright lights at the Calgary Stampede.
Ashton Lal, Grade 12 student at DVSS and Abby Fooks, who just graduated, already have a reputation as premier musicians in the valley. The two teamed up and entered the Calgary Stampede Talent Search.
Ashton said it was a good experience.
“We auditioned last month and made it in,” said Ashton. “So we played in the preliminary round last Saturday.”
The pair performed “Somebody that I used to Know” by Gotye. Ashton played ukulele and percussion, and Fooks sang.
He said there was really strong competition and they weren’t able to make it past the preliminary round. However, it was a good experience to get up in front of a large enthusiastic crowd.
This wasn’t their only opportunity to perform on the grounds.
“We still got to perform gigs around the Stampede. We played on Friday and Sunday and that was a lot of fun,” said Ashton, explaining they had a prepared 30-minute set list.
This was Ashton’s first time at the talent search, Fooks competed last year.