Always learning

Hi, I’m Liam.  Some people call me 'The Red-Headed Blues Boy'. 

I love blues music, I play blues music, and I will never stop learning blues music. I play Mississippi Delta Blues, Mississippi Hill Country Blues, Chicago Blues, Fingerpicking, and blues influenced music through Ry Cooder, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, to modern bands. 

I play Robert Johnson, Son House, Charlie Patton, Doc Watson, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Ry Cooder, Jimi Hendrix, and others. 

I want to play a part in keeping blues alive through another generation. By playing the music of these great bluesmen, I tell their stories to new audiences, and hopefully inspire other people to go buy their records, sing their songs, pick up or learn the guitar and keep this wonderful heritage alive. 

I've played over 100 times in public since the age of 7. 

At age 11, I played live with local musicians and also opened shows for Mississippi Delta Bluesman Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Maple Blues Award Winner Rick Fines, and BC Hall of Fame Inductee Doug Cox. 

At 12, I was asked to play at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, BC by Maple Blues Award Winner David Gogo on a lineup with David Gogo, Ken Hamm, and David Vest.  I opened Ken Hamm's solo show in Parksville, BC, opened a show for the legendary Terry Robb, and was invited to play my first ever festival - Texada Roots & Blues Festival where I played a solo set and then played alongside local legend Gerry Barnum. 

At age 13, I recorded my debut CD "Modern. Magic. Melody." and was asked to play at the 2020 Vancouver Island MusicFest and Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival.

I enjoy what I do. I hope some of you do too.

blues alleviating blues....in my community

My music has given me an opportunity to make a difference in my community.   

I’ve raised thousands of dollars for local charities by playing in public.   

By busking with my younger brothers, we raised enough to fund the local homeless shelter for 2 full days and nights providing housing and food for up to 30 people per night.   

We also busked our blues songs to raise enough money to feed a child in my community for one full year through the Food Bank.   

After that, we busked our songs at a local market and throughout the area and raised enough money to fund the community Soup Kitchen for 1 week feeding up to 125 people per day with warm, nutritious food.   

Most recently we raised a 4-figure sum for a charity supporting families struggling financially due to the cost of caring for a sick child.   

My Story

I got my first guitar when I was 4.  

When I was 7, I saw Slash playing a solo for Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns’n’Roses. I loved that solo and wanted to learn it. So I taught myself the solo and the full song.  

When I was 8, I went to see Tommy Emmanuel. I met Tommy and he signed my guitar. I’ve played that guitar so much his signature rubbed off.  

I saw Tommy play Deep River Blues by Doc Watson.  I wanted to learn that and worked hard at it until I could get close. I'm always learning and improving.  

Seeing Tommy and learning Doc Watson led to me finding Robert Johnson on Youtube.  From there, I found Charlie Patton, Fred McDowell, Son House, Muddy Waters and many more.  I’m so lucky I went to see Tommy that night.  It changed my life.  

I’m always learning and always will be.  I heard Tommy Emmanuel saying he’s still learning.  If Tommy Emmanuel is still learning, then I will always be learning.  

By the time I was 8, I could play things on the guitar that my Dad couldn’t.  So, I kept on teaching myself and I watched videos and I kept learning and getting better every day.  

My goal now is to keep learning from everyone I meet.

 

Liam, when he was 7 years old.

my guitars

I’ve saved for and bought each guitar I play.     

I started playing a Beaver Creek acoustic guitar when I was very young and then a Yamaha acoustic guitar.     

When I turned 8, I saved my own money to buy a Taylor GS-Mini which I have used ever since.  Tommy Emmanuel and Terry Robb played my guitar when I met them and Tommy signed it when I met him in Victoria, however I've played it so much his signature has worn off.  I have a photo to prove it though!     

I've started playing more and more electric guitar and have been saving my money to try and buy a nice electric guitar, or at least one that stays in tune more often than not!