First Baptist Church Gloucester
38 Gloucester Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Suggested Donation $10
Muddy Ruckus is led by one man band and songwriter “Muddy Ruckus” (aka Ryan Flaherty) – offering a flavorful stew of eclectic, original music. He parlays his skillful guitar chops and rambling vocals into sating and rebellious compositions, reflecting elements of americana, swing, punk, and New Orleans swamp n’ stomp. Muddy Ruckus also plays drums with his feet, rounding out the acoustic sound with rocking, percussive grooves. The songs tell a story from many cities, many nights, many kisses and many fights. A hand shake here, a trickery there… The music never lies yet always resting double sided in the morning light of meaning and sonority.
Contrary to playing solo, Muddy Ruckus is joined by upright bassist – Brian Durkin who lays down a burning low end and brings an untouchable energy of grass, rockabilly and punk elements that make resistance to crowd surfing nearly impossible. This kind of fiery chemistry that comes from two musicians is rare and ever so desirable in today’s live music galaxy.
Erika Stahl, lover of the blues and rock n roll, sings harmonies with Muddy Ruckus – a classy and provocative voice that brings grace and old time finesse to the “Mud”… a vocal “icing” on the cake if you will.
Muddy Ruckus is always topped off by a virtuosic soloist – violin, mandolin, guitar or accordion. Most active in the solo chair is violinist Phil Bloch and guitarist Mike Arciero. One can never be sure which of these players will be featured with Muddy Ruckus at any specific show. But one can always be sure there will be musical wizardry in each performance, which is something the “Ruckus” pride themselves on.
The band’s debut self titled CD will be released in October! You can get a preview at www.muddyruckus.com.
Event details at www.facebook.com/events/1482165608692437/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming.