Bio

Rory Cloud is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and music educator based in Santa Cruz, CA.

Currently, Rory collaborates as a guitarist, vocalist and co-arranger with partner, singer-songwriter and multi-media artist Allyson Makuch in a project called Echoes & Artifacts. More information about the band and upcoming releases can be found their website. 

When live music is happening, Rory also performs as a touring guitarist for Josiah Johnson (of The Head and the Heart) as well as Santa Cruz based songwriter Nels Andrews. Allyson Makuch is often a part of these projects as well, lending her vocal talents.

Between 2011 and 2017, Rory performed and recorded as lead guitarist, background vocalist and co-arranger for Bay Area based Americana trio Quiles & Cloud, founded originally by Rory Cloud and San Francisco based singer-songwriter Maria Quiles in October 2011. 

The duo released their debut album  "Long Time Coming" in 2012, and later expanded the project to a trio adding Oscar Westesson on upright bass and 3rd vocal in 2013. The trio recorded 2 studio albums, the first "Seminole Star" with Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast Records,  and their final album "Shake Me Now" with Alison Brown at Compass Records in Nashville, TN. They band performed hundreds of shows throughout the US before putting the project down in 2017.

Throughout his decades as a performer, Rory has collaborated and recorded with dozens of artists in the Northern and Southern CA music scenes. Some of these collaborators include - Tom Rhodes, Lisa Donnelly (RIP), Julian Müller, Lia Rose, Kelly McFarling, Poet Ali, Graham Patzner of Whiskerman and The Gospel Flats, and many more.

Aside from his work as an artist, Rory has been a music educator for over 15 years, and has taught thousands of one-on-one guitar lessons with people of all ages. Since COVID-19 restrictions have been in place cancelling most live music revenue, Rory has been taking on more students for socially-distanced online and outdoor music lessons.

For any other information, lesson availability or session work inquiries, Rory can be reached directly through the contact page on this site.