Gypsy/Americana at Billy's Tavern

Jan 17, 2014
Muddy Ruckus and The Burners

Thomaston — Billy’s Tavern will put flavorful, complex, authentic and spicy music on the menu Saturday night, Jan. 25. The Portland-based Muddy Ruckus and The Burners will play beginning 8 p.m. Cover charge is $5.

The Burners play gypsy/Americana stomp rock. The band is deserving of its name — the crisp sonority of each song invokes yips, hollers and devilish dancing from audiences everywhere.

The trio is led by one-man band and songwriter Ryan "Muddy Ruckus" Flaherty, cookin’ a flavorful stew of eclectic, original music. He parlays his skillful guitar chops and soulful vocals into poetic and rebellious compositions, reflecting elements of bluegrass, gypsy, flamenco, roadhouse swing and jazz. He also plays drums with his feet, rounding out the acoustic sound.

Upright bassist Brian Durkin lays down the burning low end and brings an untouchable energy of grass, rockabilly and punk elements that make resistance to crowd surfing nearly impossible. The trio is always topped off by a virtuosic soloist, whether violin, mandolin, guitar or accordion. Most active in the solo chair is violinist Phil Bloch, guitarist Mike Arciero or violinist Zach Ovington, all of who hail from New England.

The band’s players not only show a great deal of respect for their instruments, but also for the listener by jumping in with everything they’ve got and never looking back. Muddy Ruckus and The Burners offer an alternative path to traditional music, owning a combination of style and passion that is truly worthy of their name.

Billy's Tavern is located behind the downtown business block. For more information, call 354-1177 or visit, where samples of the band’s music may be heard.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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