What: Nesters Market Customer Appreciation Day
Who: The Hairfarmers
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Nesters Market
Wandering from the Whistler Farmers’ Market Sunday afternoon, Grateful Greg and Guitar Doug were found chuckling over their instruments on the patio at Merlin’s — not an unusual sight among these parts. New York has the Statue of Liberty. In Whistler, it’s the Hairfarmers.
The boys invited a “Whistler virgin,” a young girl vacationing with her family for the first time in Whistler, to request a song.
“Any song,” Grateful Greg, more uncommonly known as Greg Reamsbottom, encouraged.
With year-round shows, sometimes two to three a day, the duo knows a few ditties and if they don’t, they’ll stumble through a verse anyways if the requester starts them off.
“Stairway to Heaven,” the girl shouts out.
“Noooo,” you can almost hear their inner musicians screaming out.
Grateful Greg drops his head in disbelief. Greg’s other half, Guitar Doug, even less commonly known as Doug Craig, flashes a smile, one that used to grace the pages of Armani ads, before chuckling at Greg’s terror.
For the past five months, the Hairfarmers took a vow of fruit juice smoothies, locking up the liquor cabinet to give their après saturated livers a much-needed summer vacation after a decade of boozing music around the Whistler music circuit and other parts of the world.
However, the night before the Merlin’s patio show, the two performed at a party where the standard music contract was drawn up before their healthy-living vows struck.
The contract was standard Hairfarmers fare: x amount of dollars along with a bottle of vodka, a bottle of Sambuca as well as a six-pack of Red Bull.
“We didn’t want to insult them,” Grateful Greg jokes of falling off the wagon.
Hung over and all, the two double Gs lit into Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. The difference between a pro and amateur was evident. The two roles may not differentiate themselves in talent, but only the professional knows how to navigate the voice through long runs and, in this case, a long night of drinking.