About Liam Colgan

Liam began his musical studies in 2006 when he attended the Alness campus of the North highland college. Having gained his HNC he applied to Perth College to further his studies. Working through the programmes he ultimately gained his Degree in Popular musical performance in 2010.

While at Perth College, Liam and two friends (Johnny Tait and Danny Kelly) formed the band Waterday – the band became a four piece when Liam persuaded Jordan McKay to join as lead guitar.

They played their own material, mainly composed by Liam, but with input by other band members.

Liam moved to Glasgow in 2012 partly to further his musical career with the band. They played a number of venues in Glasgow, the most prestigious being at King TUTs (on two occasions).

As any band plying their trade in Glasgow will attest, it is difficult for aspiring musicians to make money from music in Glasgow – many venues do not pay for “unknown” bands or musicians.

Frustrated with this aspect of life in Glasgow, Liam returned to his home town of Inverness in 2013, before setting off on his solo adventure to Australia in 2014, (effectively ending Waterday). After 6 months of milking cows in Kings Island, Liam returned home to Inverness and formed a two-piece band with lifelong friend Sean Fleming.

They adopted the rather unusual name of “Old, Old Wooden Ship” (a reference to the film Anchor-man) and played covers in most Pubs in the Inverness area, and occasional ventures further afield.  Sean became more involved in other music and bands and decided to “jump Ship” leaving Liam to continue as a solo artist. Liam continued to play and deliberately chose challenging tunes to cover showing the full range of his voice.

In 2017, Liam’s older brother Eamonn, announced he was getting married and surprised Liam by telling him that he wanted him to be best man. Liam took these duties very seriously and set about arranging Eamonn’s stag weekend in Hamburg. Tragically, in the early hours of 10 February 2018 Liam went missing on his way back to the hotel in Hamburg.


Later that day, Eamonn and his friends launched a multinational publicity campaign to find Liam. This was assisted by a local group of around 20 people, who had never even met Liam. All of these efforts sadly proved to be in vain and Liam’s body was recovered from the river Elbe on the 23 April 2018.

Liam’s family aim is to help generate opportunities for people in a similar position to that which Liam experienced, and to keep Liam’s, music alive. You can listen to the Waterday recordings, some of Liam’s work with Sean, and some of Liam’s solo performances through the links below. Please explore and enjoy.


Old, Old Wooden Ship

Liam’s solo performances