Born in Ireland and brought up in the USA, Patrick has continued travelling the world since infancy. Patrick's music reflects this, exuding eclecticism, while traversing influences from North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, & beyond. Patrick currently performs with Asheville-based traditional West African group, Mande Foly, Irish folk music ensemble, Gypsy Dargle, in addition to his electronic guitar project, Nimbus.
Beginning his career as a percussionist, Patrick played in salsa bands and West African drum & dance troupes. As he transitioned towards the guitar, Patrick has maintained the rhythmic sensibility that has always served as his main draw musically.
For over fifteen years, Patrick has been performing for clubs, festivals, weddings, parties and special events as a solo artist. He’s released three albums since 2004. Patrick’s latest album, Full Circle, was released in November of 2012. He has shared the stage with a great diversity of musicians & bands, including Arrested Development, Rising Appalachia, Doc Watson, The Kruger Brothers, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Kofi Burbridge and Vieux Farka Toure, amongst others.
“Patrick brings worldliness to his performances.”
- Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress
“Asheville’s Patrick Fitzsimons takes rugged individualism to a whole new level.”
- Laura Blackley, Citizen-Times
“Some of the best, pleasurable, and crisp finger-picking magic this side of the Appalachians.”
- Pasckie Pascua, the indie
“Patrick’s music has been bringing guests in off the street to my restaurant for over two years. He does more than create an ambient background for my restaurant... his music inspires impromptu dancing and gets the crowd moving. Definitely one of the best musicians in Asheville.”
- William Dissen, owner of The Market Place Restaurant
“A one-man-band whose fingerpicked guitar style is often accompanied by a bass drum and hi-hat as well as harmonica and his slinky voice, Patrick Fitzsimons can keep it all together and delivers a homespun, bluesy folk jazz blend that is right on the money.”
- David Brewer, High Country News