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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

Marin, CA Fairfax Irish Festival with Irish band The Gallowglasses Oct 19, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Oct 14, 2018
Los Gatos, CA Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Company with Irish band The Gallowglasses Oct 13, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Sep 16, 2018
Palo Alto, CA Bing Music Series at Stanford Hospital with Bay Area Irish musicians Jason Pollack & Kyle Alden, 12:30-1:30pm Sep 12, 2018
Novato, CA Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Band plays an outdoor concert at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 5:30-7:00pm Sep 8, 2018
Benicia, CA Outdoor concert with Lewis Santer, Autumn Rhodes, and Tim Hill in the beer garden at Lucca Bar & Grill, 2-5:00pm Sep 2, 2018
San Francisco, CA Valerie Rose Band plays for Irish dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars Aug 30, 2018
Berkeley, CA Private party in Berkeley with Lewis Santer & Jason Pollack Aug 26, 2018
San Francisco, CA Corporate event at The Battery in San Francisco Aug 22, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Aug 12, 2018
San Francisco, CA Western Shore Céili Band plays for Irish dancing at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, 7-10:00pm Jul 21, 2018
Auburn, CA Valerie teaches & performs at California Coast Music Camp, July 7-14 Jul 7, 2018
San Francisco, CA Western Shore Céili Band plays for Irish dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars Jun 28, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Jun 10, 2018
San Francisco, CA Wedding in San Francisco with Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose band Jun 9, 2018
San Mateo, CA Golf club event with Irish band The Gallowglasses and piper Dave McCort Jun 2, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm May 13, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Apr 8, 2018
San Francisco, CA Western Shore Céili Band plays for Irish dancing at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, 7-10:00pm Mar 25, 2018
San Jose, CA Church St. Patrick’s Day dinner with Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Band Mar 24, 2018
Livermore, CA Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose band at Concannon Vineyard, 1-4:00pm Mar 18, 2018
Redwood City, CA Yacht club dinner party with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses Mar 17, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Senior living center with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses Mar 17, 2018
San Mateo, CA Senior living center in San Mateo with the Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Band Mar 16, 2018
Palo Alto, CA Bing Music Series at Stanford Hospital with Bay Area musicians Jason Pollack and Kyle Alden, 12:30-1:30pm Mar 16, 2016
San Francisco, CA Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Band at Embarcadero Center in San Francisco Mar 15, 2018
San Leandro, CA Senior living center in San Leandro with the Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Band Mar 15, 2018
Milpitas, CA Crowne Plaza Hotel with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses 6:30-9:00pm Mar 14, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Mar 11, 2018
San Leandro, CA St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Auction fundraiser with the Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Irish Band Mar 10, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Irish céili at Sunnyvale’s Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub Mar 3, 2018
Carson City, NV Valerie Rose Band, featuring Jason Pollack and Kyle Alden, performs in concert at the Brewery Arts Celtic Series Feb 10, 2018, 7pm
San Francisco, CA Western Shore Céili Band plays for Irish dancing at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco Jan 20, 2018
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Jan 14, 2018
Redwood City, CA Holiday concert with Ed Johnson, Carol McComb, & the Gryphon Carolers Dec 17, 2017
San Francisco, CA Valerie Rose Band plays for Irish dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars Dec 21, 2017
Hayward, CA Hayward Contradance with Celtic band Three Fifths of Scotch Nov 26, 2017
Pleasanton, CA Private party with the Valerie Rose/Jason Pollack Irish Band Nov 13, 2017
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses Nov 12, 2017
San Francisco, CA Wedding rehearsal dinner in San Francisco with Valerie Rose/Jason Pollack Band Oct 27, 2017
San Francisco, CA Western Shore Céili Band plays for Irish dancing at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco Oct 21, 2017
Santa Cruz, CA Big Trees Scottish Gathering with Irish band The Gallowglasses Oct 7, 2017
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 iconic Irish pub the 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

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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 ballad, originally in Irish Gaelic and translated to English by Thomas Moore. Judy Garland sang it in “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.

Red is the Rose — Irish lyrics set to a Scottish tune. Irish band The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem were the first to bring this song to a worldwide audience.

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. more

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