Music is in Liam Ward’s blood. One of a step-family of eight he grew up playing in a family band like the Von Trapps and all eight siblings are still musicians today!
Liam now gigs all over the country, teaches harmonica and currently has around 320 lessons available on Youtube and his own website learntheharmonica.com, he tries to add one video a week and gives individual Skype lessons. At almost every gig someone comes up to him to say they’ve seen him on Youtube!
I asked Liam what brought him to Stroud last year.
Liam: I grew up in Cheshire on the edge of the Peak District, and Stroud reminds me of my childhood. It felt like home straight away and it’s artsy and politically active – all the stuff I value. I used to live in Swansea and that is where my regular band are still based, but I gig here with other musicians which is really exciting because you get different sounds that way. We’ve played a few gigs at the Ale House as a band, and I’ve got an upcoming gig at the Clothiers Arms as a duo. Each song sounds different with different musicians. We’ll play whatever suits the gig.
Liam’s album, Uprising, is available now on all the usual platforms to buy, download and stream.
Liam: This is our first album of original music. It sounds like traditional R&B but I’ve tried to sneak in some of my own political beliefs. The standard Blues theme of ‘my woman done left me…’ has been done a thousand times – and done to perfection I might add! We can’t better that, so I’ve written about modern troubles such as the environment, money and culture.
If you’re a blues fan I thoroughly recommend you give Uprising a try! It’s warm, rich and familiar like an old Blues classic, but contemporary and engaging too.
You can see Liam play at the Clothiers Arms on Friday 6th Sept, and he will be playing and teaching at the National Harmonica League Festival at Hartpury College on 17th & 18th August 2019. Check his website
liamwardmusic.com for more details.