Patrick Clifford is a musician, songwriter, and producer of Irish and folk music.
Like many New York Irish musicians, he received his earliest training from the renowned Martin Mulvihill, (on piano accordion).
He was a key member of Four to the Bar--a mainstay of the 1990's New York Irish music scene. His primary instrument with the band was the bass, but he also added piano, guitar, and accordion to the band's sound, on both stage and recordings.
With Four to the Bar, performed in venues and festivals in locations as far-flung as St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Key West; shared billing with acts such as Cherish the Ladies and Sharon Shannon; accompanied Pete Seeger in a live performance; and drew a standing-room only crowd to Tommy Makem’s Irish Pavilion in New York for a CD release party.
He co-produced both of the band’s critically acclaimed albums, Another Son and Craic on the Road. As a songwriter, he contributed two tracks to the band's watershed album, Another Son: "The Western Shore" and "The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water" (music only).
Prior to his time with Four to the Bar, he produced Sky in My Hand (1993), the first release by New York folk singer/songwriter Liz Dacey. This recording was engineered by Virgil Moorefield.
In 2008, he recorded, mixed, and mastered To the Fray, an album by the band Hobnail. He also played bass and sang on this release.
In August 2010, released American Wake, his first solo album.
He is now based in western New Jersey, performing regularly and working on new recordings.