Ryan Flaherty and The Burners offer a flavorful stew of eclectic music. Flaherty parlays his skillful guitar chops and soulful vocals into refreshing compositions, reflecting elements of gypsy, flamenco, roadhouse swing and folk. Styles of Eastern Europe, French Cafe and swing nurture his own brand of Americana. You can hear the influence of gypsy flavored guitar textures resonating throughout, which is augmented by an array of masterful instrumentation from The Burners accompaniment, including accordion, violin, mandolin and upright bass. Flaherty’s percussive guitar playing is a masterful revelation that helps define his music. Even as stylistic genre shifts occur, the playing acts as the anchor to Flaherty’s full-on explorative musical journey.
Between 2005-2011, Flaherty played rhythm guitar for the award winning Gypsy Jazz trio Ameranouche. Flaherty has shared the stage with many talented musicians including John Jorgenson, Stephane Wrembel and Robin Nolan. As a member of Ameranouche, Flaherty has opened for many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Flaherty also opened for the Avett Brothers in Knoxville, TN. A highlight for Flaherty was performing at the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival.
"Flaherty is trained in flamenco guitar, and he brings a range of world styles to his debut disc. Hints of Van Morrison and Tom Waits revolve around a core of gypsy jazz and Arabic folk, all delivered with soulful vocals." - Matt Kanner, editor of The Wire
The new album "Here Comes Everyone" recorded in three hours on February 26th, 2012
On this day 6 musicians gathered at Acadia Recording Studio in Portland, ME to accompany Ryan Flaherty in recording his new album.
On that day an extraordinary album was recorded live in three hours. Each song was written by Flaherty with the intent to record an album for the RPM challenge. He had even written the title track of the album "Here Comes Everyone" the morning of their session. The recording was finished by 3pm and mixed down at the studio by 10pm. The outcome was unexpected, an amazing album was finished in a matter of hours and The Burners were born.