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One hairy country festival

The Hairfarmers giddy up to the inaugural Campground C Country Rock Music Festival



What: Campground C Country-Rock Music Festival

When: Saturday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m.

Where: Whistler driving range

Tickets: $45

“Grateful” Greg Reamsbottom of The Hairfarmers looks forward to a high school reunion at the first Campground C Country-Rock Music Festival Aug. 25 at the Whistler Golf Driving Range.

Who knew a high school hippie — the first to grow a beard in his school — and a clean-cut sports enthusiast would ever find themselves on one stage as professional musicians.

“I’m sure we both loved music at the time, but neither one of us were musicians,” Grateful Greg recounts. “I never saw him play a note, or him me, and now we are both playing music for a living. It’s kind of funny.”

“Him” is Aaron Pritchett, a 2007 Juno nominee for country recording of the year and the headliner for Campground C.

The hockey rink was the common ground for the then grade school students from Seaquam High School in North Delta. Now, the festival mainstage brings the Canadian Country Music Award winner and one of the world’s most famous après entertainers together on one bucking bronco of a ride for Whistler’s first country rock festival.

Just as the name implies, the music lineup places country music first and foremost, but a healthy dose of rock is also thrown in. Festival founder Byron James of Eco One Productions took the double playbill approach hoping the festival will appeal to both cowboy hat and tattoo toting listeners.

“We’ve got an eclectic mix of country and rock,” James said. “Ideally that is what we want to do, so people who love country want to come, but people who like rock but aren’t sure about country will still want to come out… We wanted to make sure we weren’t leaving anyone out.”

The festival also touts a lot of country-rock hybrids. The Hairfarmers and Pritchett are no exception.

The Hairfarmers, made up of duo Grateful Greg and “Guitar” Doug Craig, are après legends in Whistler. Thanks to their spirited, contagious and absolutely crazy shows — these guys have got more blackmail stories on their audiences than the C.I.A. — they are internationally-recognized talents with resort audiences coming from all corners of the globe for their music/stand-up-comedy/magnetism that can only come from an equation of hippie hair and jugs of beer. From barely-legal partiers to young-at-heart grey hairs, the Hairfarmers have won over audiences at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival mainstage (too many times to count) as well as the Kokanee Summit party, Whistler’s 2010 winning bid celebration, the War Child benefit, and more ski town stages than you can shake a ski pole at.

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