THE URBAN FIDDLER
Ferguson Young performing The Devil Went Down to Georgia
I was just 6 years old when I picked up the fiddle while living on Prince Edward Island. It didn’t take me long to realize that music, more specifically, fiddle music was going to be a part of my life. It was in PEI i was given the name “The Fiddlekid”. I started playing for the public at the age of 7 playing at retirement homes and birthday parties. I progressed to playing at ceilidhs, festivals and conventions throughout the East Coast. After a few years living on the Island we returned to live in Hamilton where I was born and to this day continue to play the fiddle along with many other instruments I’ve picked up along the way.
I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with talent such as John McDermott, Ashley MacIssac , The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Schryer, and many more! Venues that I have played at include sporting events (such as the Toronto Rock Game at the Toronto ACC), weddings, private parties, conventions and festivals throughout the East Coast and Ontario. In 2011, after years of playing with groups and bands, I had the honor of starting up my own band, which at the time was called Liam's Kitchen party band and I’ve now renamed Ferguson Young. Talents in this band include James Ferris on vocals, Owen Mahoney on bass and myself “the Urban Fiddler” playing fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, whistle, and bagpipes. There are times our friend Darren Rust joins in with his true Irish vocals as well (read more about Ferguson Young on the Tab "Ferguson Young").
I’ve participated/competed in the Hamilton Music Awards and numerous competitions in Ontario and PEI. Graduating grade 8 with the prestigious Cheryl Anne Facey HWDSB Memorial award was an honor.
In 2013 I joined the Hamilton Police Pipe Band Grade 5 band as a piper, I played with the Grade 5 band for 2 seasons, and then I was moved up to their Grade 3 band in 2015, I ended up playing 2 seasons with them. For the 2016 season I started to play snare drum with their Grade 5 band.
While with the Hamilton Police Pipe Band (2013-2016) we achieved the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario Band Championship Supreme, and North American Championships, in Grade 5, in 2014. Solo competitions include numerous medals in both grade 5,4,3 and 2 piping solos and grade 5 and 4 snare drum solos.
In 2016 I joined the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band and played with them in Scotland when they went over for the World Pipe Band Championships. In 2018 I played a season with The 78th Fraser Highlanders, and then returned to Peel in the Fall.
In 2017 I enrolled in Mohawk College's Applied music program with Violin being my main instrument. I graduated the program in 2020, and the experience and knowledge that it has given me has really helped continue to shape the style of music I enjoy to play to this day!
I am so grateful for all of the support I have received over the years and I look forward to many more years of making music ahead!
Although their name “Ferguson Young” was formally announced/established in 2011. The band members do have a longer history of playing together. Liam McGlashon returned to his hometown Hamilton in 2007 after living in Prince Edward Island. First stop “The Corktown”. Known then as ‘The Fiddlekid’ Liam was called up to play with a local band playing on a friday night back in around 2008. Liam continued to join in and play with the band getting to know the members and the crowd alike. Now 17, Liam has always considered the Corktown as his music “home away from home”. Friends and family gather at this famous pub and the “Kitchen Party” begins at the corner of Ferguson and Young! To book Ferguson Young for your event, scroll down to the contact page and fill out the form on the right!
Liam McGlashon-Fiddle player/Founder of the band - Instruments include; Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Tin Whistle and Bagpipes. Read more about Liam by heading on over to the Bio page!
James Ferris - Lead Vocals and Guitar - James started off with the band in 2009. Bringing a true taste of the East Coast to every performance it won’t surprise you that James was born and raised in Nova Scotia! He’s got that flare for drawing the crowd into the performance and of course, raising a glass together for a “SOCIABLE”! An exceptionally talented song writer James will surely draw you into his song as he sings his originals amongst a huge list of crowd favorites!
Owen Mahoney - Bass/Vocals An ‘original’ band member from way back! One of the first people in music Liam met when he returned from PEI. Owen’s expertise on the bass makes it look easy.