Ryan Flaherty

Ryan Flaherty

 Kittery, Maine, USA
BandFolkJazz

Ryan Flaherty offers a flavorful stew of eclectic music. He parlays his skillful guitar chops and soulful vocals into refreshing compositions, reflecting elements of gypsy, flamenco, roadhouse swing and jazz. 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 his band including accordion, violin, mandolin and upright

Biography

Ryan Flaherty offers a flavorful stew of eclectic music. He parlays his skillful guitar chops and soulful vocals into refreshing compositions, reflecting elements of gypsy, flamenco, roadhouse swing and jazz. 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 his band 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

"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." - BA Canning

Lyrics

When It Comes

Written By: Ryan Flaherty

I'll never get across this road
consequence for the life I chose
keep on running down the trail
hopefully I will not fail
I find the place
kiss your face
leave you there without a trace
maybe I'll
come back for you
when the gold is in my shoes
got to town about an hour ago
expectations I bestow
met their woe, hit their low
knocked my knees and crushed my toes
banned me from
my vehicle
my money runs out like a joke
beat me down
they steal my clothes
now their working on my soul.
All the money in the world
won't save you now
you better live like your gonna die
cuz it won't save you now
cry all you want
it won't save you now
be careful what you wish for
when it comes won't save you now...

Make Things Right

Written By: Ryan Flaherty

I don't know what I've got to offer anymore
take apart my heart, tell you don't know what I'm looking for
up into my brain where there's nothing left for me
waisted all my time on this impossible dream.
All these faces are staring back at me
it's so hard to get along in this world of variety
the stars aint aligning with the Gypsy Carolina
your going through hell at best it's just bad timing.
But there aint no way to make things right.
We fight and we fight and we always lose sight
the moon aint glowing but I got to keep going
cuz I'm going through hell with you tonight....

More I Want You

Written By: Ryan Flaherty

The more I want you
I just want, I just want you more.
The more I want you
I just want, I just want you more.
I'm gonna find you, I'm gonna find you
though I'm broke now, though I'm broken.
I'm gonna find you, I'm gonna find you
though I'm brok now, though I'm broken

One Foot

Written By: Ryan Flaherty

One foot beneath, one foot beneath
one foot beneath my heart.
I ran away from days into dreams
one foot beneath my heart...

Ruby Red

Written By: Ryan Flaherty

Fate come and wind me down
get me drunk on the death of noise
pick me up with your careless wind
blow me south to my salvation
pick me up like a weightless bird
my feathers torn from this soft heavy wind
my wings grow strong like a callouses
this carousel they have spinned me in
a million times I have fell to the ground
a circus clown and a trained elephant.
Lift me up from this wicked harvest
of hungry weeds in the wishing well
hungry weeds in the wishing well...

On your skinny ankles I will fall
it's all for you though it's so long ago
remembering when we chose the green hills we would lay.
Then we danced with the devil raw.
Two angels in love under devils law.
To the southwest with a shaman eyes.
A shaman cure with an old medicine.
Ruby Red on the lips of my lover
Ruby Red and she's gone insane.
Ruby Red and the green hills stained.
Ruby Red grows from my grave.
Ruby Red grows from my grave.

Discography

Hungry Moon by Ryan Flaherty 2011
Here Comes Everyone by Ryan Flaherty 2012

Set List

All original songs