Liam Purcell’s Cane Mill Road wins IBMA Momentum Award

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Wernick Method founder Pete Wernick couldn’t be more proud of Liam Purcell, whose Cane Mill Road band won the 2019 IBMA Momentum Award.

Cane Mill Road’s leader, front man, mandolin and fiddle player, main songwriter is 17 year-old Liam, himself a Momentum Instrumentalist nominee this year. Certified as a Wernick Method instructor at age 15, Liam is the busiest teenager in bluegrass. Along with friend and band mate Tray Wellington, Liam has been mentored by since he was a youngster. Pete reports:

Liam on fiddle preparing to perform at Merlefest, 2014


I first met Liam and Tray as applicants for scholarships for my pre-Merlefest jam camp. Liam was 10, having started with the local JAM program at age 6. A few years later, 15 year-old Tray applied, showing a lot of promise despite playing less than a year.

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