Paul Clifford is fromĀ Kingston, Ontario. He began playing bass in the early 1990s in local bands later studying jazz bass at the University of Toronto with bassists Jim Vivian and Dave Young, jazz composition with Phil Nimmons and jazz improvisation with Kirk MacDonald and Jim Lewis.

Since moving back to Kingston in 2010 he has played with a variety of artists such asĀ Cantabile Choirs, Benji Perosin, Chris Alfano, Dave Barton, Greg Runions, Hannah Barstow, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Cassells, Paul Morrison, Rich Bannard, Sue Graf, and The Gertrudes.