Liam Docherty

Liam Docherty sitting in a chair playing a red and white guitar

Saturday Grassy Knoll – Concert –11:15 – 12:15

Saturday at the Crossroads – Swapping Licks Talking Guitar – 2:00 – 2:50

Sunday in the Barn – Song Circle – 1:30 – 2:45

Sunday Grierson – All Blues – 3:15 – 4:30

“He’s not just an accomplished blues guitar player; he’s a great songwriter, and he’s playing pieces of music by people like Tommy Emmanuel, and Tony McManus, who are two of the finest players in the world, and he is just nailing it. He’s also a phenomenal Celtic guitar player. He blows me away; just a super talented kid. He’s not a
show-biz kid. He’s a true musician.”

Doug Cox – Producer

Liam is an official partner of Taylor Guitars and has been playing publicly since the age of 7. He’s opened shows for Terry Robb, Ken Hamm, Mississippi Delta Bluesman Terry “Harmonica” Bean, and BC Hall of Fame Inductee Doug Cox among others. His debut album Modern. Magic. Melody. sold records internationally and received TV, radio, and print media time from CBC, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Time Colonist, and Chek TV. It also yielded a nomination for New Act of The Year at the Maple Blues Awards. At 13 years of age, Liam became the youngest person in the history of the awards to be nominated. He was voted as winner of Best Original Song at the UK FAB Awards.

Liam’s new album, Gemini Rising pinballs between multiple genres taking in territory as diverse as folk, blues, funk, acoustic ballads, pop, and driving rock. Whereas his first album was 100% acoustic, he plays electric guitars extensively on this album in addition to acoustic guitar, using various techniques such as harmonized melody lines, double-tapping, and blazing Texas-blues solos in addition to acoustic fingerpicking.

The album title, and the theme of the title track, is derived from my study of Greek Mythology. Castor and Pollux were twin brothers. Pollux was immortal, and Castor mortal. One day, Castor, during a fierce battle, was killed. Pollux could not bare to live through the grief. Distraught, he begged the Gods to grant Castor half of his eternal life. So the Gods, taking pity on Pollux said the only way it was possible for the brothers to share immortality was if they placed them in the heavens, as a star constellation, and thus, the brothers live for eternity by each other’s side.

Other lyrical influences include: C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters); Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha); the Epic of Gilgamesh; as well as the poetry of William Blake, John Keats, Lord Byron and William Wordsworth.

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