WELCOME

An Irish fiddler & singer in the San Francisco Bay Area, Valerie plays in several Irish/Celtic bands – one of which will be perfect for your party, wedding, pub, restaurant, church, or corporate event!

“The band was phenomenal — perfect for our event and we want to book them for next time.” -R.P., San Francisco

“Thank you so much for performing at our event. Many people told me you were the best band we have ever booked. It was a blast.” -R.T., San Jose

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PERFORMANCES

Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses Sep 10, 2017
Redwood City, CA Celebration of Life party with Celtic musicians Karl Franzen & Ernest Kinsolving Sep 9, 2017
Palo Alto, CA Palo Alto Festival of the Arts with Irish concertina player Daniel Hersh Aug 27, 2017
San Francisco, CA Valerie Rose/Jason Pollack Band plays for Irish dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars Aug 10, 2017
Half Moon Bay, CA Wedding reception and Scottish ceilidh dance in Half Moon Bay Jul 13, 2017
San Francisco, CA Valerie Rose/Jason Pollack Band plays for Irish dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars Jun 15, 2017
San Francisco, CA The San Francisco Free Folk Festival with Daniel Hersh on Irish concertina Jun 15, 2017
San Francisco, CA The San Francisco Free Folk Festival with Irish band The Gallowglasses Jun 11, 2016
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses Jun 12, 2016
Palo Alto, CA Palo Alto Farmer’s Market with San Francisco Peninsula acappella band Smorgaschord May 28, 2016
Redwood City, CA Backyard Coffee with San Francisco Peninsula acappella band Smorgaschord May 13, 2016
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses May 8, 2016
Palo Alto, CA 80th Birthday Party with Bay Area Celtic musician Karl Franzen May 7, 2016
Palo Alto, CA Celtic Music for Spring: with Celtic musicians Karl Franzen & Ernest Kinsolving Apr 23, 2016
Brisbane, CA Private event at Sierra Point Yacht Club with Irish band The Gallowglasses Apr 16, 2016
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses Apr 10, 2016
Oakland, CA Event at Oakland’s Sequoya Country Club with the Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Irish Band Mar 20, 2016
Redwood City, CA Sequoia Yacht Club with Irish band The Gallowglasses Mar 19, 2016
Oakland, CA Party at Oakland’s Sequoya Country Club with the Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Irish Band Mar 18, 2016
Sunnyvale, CA St. Patrick’s Day party at Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses Mar 17, 2016
San Jose, CA Corporate event in downtown San Jose with Irish band The Gallowglasses Mar 17, 2016
Palo Alto, CA Bing Music Series at Stanford Hospital with San Francisco Peninsula folk musicians Karl Franzen & Ernest Kinsolving Mar 16, 2016
San Leandro, CA St. Patrick’s Dinner & Auction with the Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Irish Band Mar 12, 2016
Palo Alto, CA Concert in Palo Alto with the Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Irish Band Mar 5, 2016
Alameda, CA Concert in Alameda with Irish band Celtic Sands featuring Celtic harper Lara Garner Mar 3, 2016
Palo Alto, CA Ash Wednesday service at Palo Alto’s First Presbyterian Church with Irish band Celtic Sands featuring Celtic harper Lara Garner Feb 10, 2016
Palo Alto, CA Concert at Palo Alto’s The Hamilton Jan 22, 2016
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses Jan 10, 2016

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THE GALLOWGLASSES

Celtic Band San Francisco Irish Music

Valerie is thrilled to be the newest member of the band The Gallowglasses. This San Francisco Bay Area Irish band features the stellar Celtic vocals of Donovan Ryan, plus the high-impact “wall of strings” artistry of Mike McNelly on Irish bouzouki and Mark Boronkay on guitar. more

TOP SONG REQUESTS

Here are some of the band’s most requested Irish & Scottish songs. If one of these is your favorite, let the band know!

Danny Boy — A traditional Irish melody with lyrics by Englishman Frederic Weatherly.

Down By the Salley Gardens — Words by famed Irish poet William Butler Yeats. A salley garden is a garden of willows.

Leaving of Liverpool — A traditional seafaring song known in Ireland, Britain, and America. Like so many songs of Irish emigration, this one sings of a true love left behind and the desire to return someday. Ground-breaking Irish band The Clancy Brothers had a top-ten hit with this song in Ireland.

Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels) — A music-hall song set in Dublin, Ireland. The City of Dublin has even erected a statue in honor of this song! It has been recorded by Irish bands The Dubliners and U2.

Galway Girl — by Steve Earle, based on real events. An American meets a girl in Ireland and ends up with a broken heart. A version by the Sharon Shannon Band and Irish singer Mundy topped the Irish charts in 2008.

Parting Glass — A traditional Irish song, usually sung acappella. A wistful parting song in which comrades raise their glasses in a goodnight toast.

Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow — A traditional Irish ballad, originally sung in Irish Gaelic and translated into English by Thomas Moore. A version was sung by Judy Garland in the film “Little Nellie Kelly”.

Raglan Road — Words by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh to a traditional Irish tune. It’s named after a real place in Dublin, Ireland, and was made famous by Irish band The Dubliners.

Rocky Road to Dublin — A fast song in slip jig meter (9/8) with words by Irish poet D. K. Gavan. A recording of this song by Irish band The Dubliners was used in the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie.

Star of the County Down — words by Cathal McGarvey of Donegal, Ireland. A young man is smitten with Rosie McGann of Ireland’s County Down. Famously recorded by Irish band The Chieftains.

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling — Probably the most-requested Irish song after “Danny Boy”. It’s an Irish-American song written for the musical “Isle O’ Dreams”.

Whiskey In the Jar — Made famous by trailblazing Irish band The Dubliners, this Irish traditional song tells of a highwayman betrayed to the law by his sweetheart. It was recorded by Irish band The Pogues and — who knew? — also by Metallica!

Wild Mountain Thyme (Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go) — Lyrics by Francis McPeake of Belfast, Ireland in tribute to his first wife. Set to a traditional Scottish tune — so it’s both Irish and Scottish! more

IRISH MUSIC FOR YOUR WEDDING

Celtic Band San Francisco Irish Music

Irish music is a wonderful choice for your wedding. Lilting Irish airs create elegant ambience before the ceremony and while photos are being taken. One of the graceful compositions by 18th-century Irish harpist/composer more

LEARN TO PLAY IRISH MUSIC

Celtic Band San Francisco Irish Music

Valerie teaches private Irish fiddle lessons as well as “facilitated Irish sessions” — a supportive group for beginning musicians on all instruments who want to learn to play in the many wonderful Irish sessions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Location is in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula. more

PROMO PICS

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