SANTA CRUZ, CA
“Patrick Maguire leads Rye Dawn with a distinctly soulful voice that delivers lyrics to the gut. Rye Dawn is a can’t miss band, which takes Maguire’s Original Singer/Songwriter Folk-Americana songs and opens them up to create a grooving, get up & get down sound that has been called a game changer for Americana Music.”
BY-AARON CARNES (06/07/2017)
"In 2012, singer-songwriter Patrick Maguire landed in Santa Cruz, and felt entirely at home. It was no small journey getting here. He traveled from Maine, sleeping in his car, and playing open mics wherever he went, looking for a place to pursue his dream to be a full-time musician. Having grown up in a household of musicians that held frequent jam sessions, playing music was the most natural thing imaginable—making it a career less so. Now a fixture in our scene, he sticks out as an ambitious songwriter who approaches folk like soul music … or does he approach soul like folk? Who can tell?"
“LOVE YOUR LOCAL BAND”
BY-AARON CARNES (07/12/2017)
"Patrick Maguire can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t surrounded by music. He’s one of 33 first cousins—30 of them, he says, play music. This is true of his parents, uncles and aunts as well. Family jams were not uncommon. He was inspired by the talent and broad-ranging musical interests of his family members.“My mother has a voice like Alison Krauss. She has stage fright, so she never really took it on to do it professionally,” Maguire says. “She exposed me to everything from bluegrass to oldies to blues to rock ’n’ roll.”Originally from Maine, and then living in Colorado as a sales executive, Maguire decided to move to Santa Cruz in 2012 to pursue his dreams as a musician. While he’d been playing his whole life, it wasn’t until 2010, at the age of 30, that he wrote his first song. He wanted more.“The goal and the dream has always been to play music, and it was one I didn’t think was going to happen throughout my 20s,” Maguire says. “It’s been nothing but amazing so far. It’s really been just learn on the fly.”A big reason he chose this as his new home in the first place was because two of his musical cousins—Joe and Brian Gibeault—live here and play in local rock ’n’ roll outfit Thanks Buddy. He started with covers, and it’s only been this year that he’s pursued a solo career as a singer-songwriter. He’s been featured on KPIG, headlined Moe’s Alley, and is now playing a show at Don Quixote’s. Santa Cruz, it seems, has been very receptive to his intoxicating blend of Americana and laid-back folk music and sweet soul."
"UNITY THROUGH MUSIC: PATRICK MAGUIRE, POSSESSED BY PAUL JAMES, HILLSTOMP AND THE NAKED BOOTLEGGERS TEAM UP AT DON QUIXOTE’S IN FELTON, CA"
BY-ANDREW QUIST (07/18/2017)
“It started out slowly (not to say that slow is in any way bad) with the thoughtful songs and playing of local boy, Patrick Maguire. While the dance floor remained empty for the larger part of Pat’s show (save his baby daughter who boogied her little heart out), it was not a dancer’s set. Instead, Pat’s music conjured up a simpler, more honest time of acoustic guitars on a front porch with family members listening intently. The music was strong and purposeful, it begged the audience to listen closely to Pat’s singular vocal style that delivered lyrics to the gut. This music begs for a real listen, in which one can hang on the words, feel the notes and think about what is being offered.”