Patrick Clifford | Chance of a Start

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Chance of a Start

by Patrick Clifford

Strong and versatile songwriting, plus reinterpretations of classics by 20th century Irish/folk songwriters such as Pete St. John, Ewan MacColl, and Dominic Behan. A solid Irish-folk foundation with shades of Alt-Country/Bluegrass and World music.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. The Ferryman
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2. Pole to Pole
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3. The Morning Sun
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4. Freeborn Man of the Traveling People
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5. The Auld Triangle
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6. The Shoals of Herring
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7. The Galtee Mountain Boy
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8. Don't Look Now
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9. Travel
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10. The Parting Glass
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Album Notes

“[Chance of a Start] showcases the talents of one of the most compelling singer/songwriters that has crossed my path.... Fans of Glen Hansard and Christy Moore will love Patrick Clifford... the best new artist you haven’t heard yet.”
—The Irish Voice/

“Surprising hidden depths... an accomplished piece of work... an authentic voice... wonderful.” —

“The real deal and warmly recommended.” —Philip Chevron, of the Pogues

“A skilled Irish musician and singer ... present[s] songs honestly and sincerely.” —

“A soulful Irish tenor.” —Hunterdon County Democrat


Chance of a Start (TIS-CLF002), Patrick Clifford’s second solo album, showcases strong and versatile songwriting— as well as the ability he shares with artists like Christy Moore, to deconstruct a familiar song, find its emotional and lyrical center of gravity, then make it entirely his own. He reimagines six classics by twentieth-century Irish and folk songwriters such as Pete St. John, Ewan MacColl, and Dominic Behan— and revitalizes them for a new generation, before they are forgotten or (worse yet) fall into irrelevance for a lack of thoughtful stewardship.

The production on Chance of a Start is varied, elegant, and haunting, the solid Irish-folk foundation enriched by shades of Country/Bluegrass, Alt-Rock, and Peter Gabriel-style World music.

About the Artist

Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.

He was a founding member of Four to the Bar, one of the preeminent bands of the New York City Irish pub/club circuit from 1991-1996. The quartet toured the U.S. east coast from Massachusetts to Florida, and as far west as Chicago and St. Louis. They opened for Sharon Shannon, served as Pete Seeger’s backing band, and shared billing with Trisha Yearwood and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Daytona International Music Festival.

Clifford performed on, composed for, and co-produced the band’s two releases: a live album, Craic on the Road, and a studio album, Another Son.

In 2010, he released American Wake (TIS-CLF001), his first commercial work as a solo artist.


Produced by Patrick Clifford
Drums/Percussion: Randy Decker
Fiddle: Wolf Hul, Ed Hummel, Peter Kane, Dan O’Dea
Mandolin: Dan O’Dea
Bouzouki: Mark Stewart
Accordion: Marty Guilfoyle
Vocals: Judy Minot
Backing vocals: Randy Decker, Martin Kelleher,
David Yeates
Otherwise performed by Patrick Clifford



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