Ryan Flaherty and The Burners / Press
“the trio maintained a fast-paced, string-heavy, hot-club rhythm through two sets of feverishly fast music.”
“His brisk, percussive strumming is mesmerizing to watch, requiring an acrobatic show from his fingers.”
“a flavorful stew of eclectic music”
“a gypsy-inflected version of Van Morrison’s “Moondance.” ”
“Hints of Van Morrison and Tom Waits revolve around a core of gypsy jazz and Arabic folk, all delivered with soulful vocals.”
“Flaherty has parlayed his skillful guitar chops and soulful vocals into these original compositions, reflecting elements of gypsy, flamenco, Arabic, rock and jazz. Much in the way David Wax Museum incorporates traditional Mexican music into American folk, Flaherty brings the styles of Eastern Europe to his own brand of Americana.”
“Look out world, this guys got your number. Tons of styles smelted, combined and poured into guitar strings. Do not douse yourself with gasoline before coming to this show, his fingers will light you on fire.”
“Illinois native goes solo - after Ameranouche, Flaherty's first album is nearly ready”
“Finger drummin' : Ryan Flaherty plays guitar with a percussive edge, coaxing multiple sounds from a single instrument. His musical influences are equally multifaceted - everyone from Paco De Lucia to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. Hear him turn Velvet Underground's "Waiting For My Man" into a hybrid of slacker angst and soulful jazz for a taste of what Iowa-born guitarist can do.”
"Ryan Flaherty I call "Iron Man" (or maybe Iron Ryan) for his unwavering rhythm chops at blistering speeds."
"Ryan executed his energetic and complex accompaniment with technical perfection"
“Flaherty lays it down like a machine. But he is a machine with a soul that is filled with romance and high spirits. I watched his supple wrist drive his right hand into a blur, as he strummed the complex guitar part, playing it as easily as if he were merely breathing.”