Originally from County Tipperary, Pat now resides in Virginia but his professional career began when he moved to Westport, County Mayo in the 1980’s. He quickly became established in the music scene in Westport, performing with musicians such as banjo player Francis Lynn, accordion player Tommy Doherty, Donegal resident Kevin Hyde (of the group Malin Head) and Swedish uilleann piper/whistle player Jorgen Fisher. While there, he also formed a long partnership with penny whistle player Olcan Masterson, with whom he toured Europe and the U.S., and recorded Westport Town. Patrick recorded with many different musicians while living in Westport – most reputably on the internationally acclaimed Music at Matt Molloy’s.
In the early 1990’s, Pat visited the U.S. to play at the famed McGurk’s in St. Louis, Missouri with piper Michael Cooney and County Clare accordion player Nuala Hehir. Shortly after, he was invited back to the U.S. by the great accordion player Paddy O’Brien to form the band Chulrua.
For a while, Pat split his time between St. Louis and Westport. On a few visits home, he recorded Live at Lenahan’s with accordion player/singer Joe Carey and the late fiddle player Paddy Mills. Patrick also played on Fonnchaoi with fiddler Julie Langan and accordion player Verina Commins.
Pat developed an interest in Old Time music while living in St. Louis – playing with fiddle player Barbara Weathers and national steel and old time banjo player, Tom Hall. He also recorded with Old Time banjo player Dave Landreth on his CD, Chairs.
After St. Louis, Pat lived for a few years in Fairfield, Iowa, where he played frequently with uilleann piper and former bandmate Tim Britton before moving east to Maryland in the fall of 2003.
Pat has been performing in a duo with Alex Caton for the past 15 years and they have recently released a new album Fiddle Tunes and Ballads.
Pat also performs with several other groups including Old Pitch, Jug of Punch, and The Sound of Sleat, who also recently released a CD.
Pat has taught at numerous workshops at festivals throughout the U.S. including Alaska. He has taught at the Tionól in St. Louis and has been teaching for the past two years at the Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, NY. He has made extensive tours of the United States, and has also performed in Sweden, Norway, Holland, Germany, Scotland, Spain and France. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs in Ireland and abroad.