Liam Purcell plays all the bluegrass instruments, sings lead and harmony and writes songs. Having grown up in Deep Gap, NC a mile from Doc and Merle Watson, he takes pride in local traditional music and works to keep it growing. Since 2014 Liam has led the band Cane Mill Road, performing at major bluegrass festivals from MerleFest to Silver Dollar City.

Mentored since age 10 by Pete Wernick, Liam is the youngest Wernick Method teacher, having taught at over a dozen camps and workshops and teaching old-time classes at Appalachian State University.

“Liam is an amazing coach. He has such a natural talent for teaching, regardless of the age or ability of the pickers he is coaching.”
“Liam was a huge help in helping me understand more about fiddle and guitar chords, exactly what I needed to move to the next level.”
“So very kind and a natural teacher, one of the most talented people I have met.”
“Liam did a great exercise on splitting breaks that was fun and really taught us to listen and jump in at the right spot.”

Deep Gap, NC

Liam's Classes