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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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. Add Donovan’s driving bodhran playing and this band really gets the crowd going.

The band is equally at home playing complex counterpoint inspired by Irish bands such as Dervish and Planxty, as well as the rowdy Irish pub songs you love to sing along with. The band is now working on their third album of Irish favorites — stay tuned for updates. more

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Fisherman’s Lilt/The Monaghan Twig
Irish reels performed on fiddle, guitar, & Irish flute
Down by the Salley Gardens
Well-loved ballad by Irish poet W. B. Yeats with Valerie on vocals and Jason Pollack on guitar & Irish flute
Mhaire Bhruinneal/Dunmore Lasses
A song of unrequited love sung in Irish Gaelic followed by an Irish reel performed on whistle, fiddle, and guitar.

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PERFORMANCES

San Francisco, CA The San Francisco Free Folk Festival with Irish band The Gallowglasses Jun 11, 2016, 5pm
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses — TENTATIVE Jun 12, 2016, 6pm
Palo Alto, CA Palo Alto Farmer’s Market with acappella group Smorgaschord May 28, 2016, 9am
Redwood City, CA Backyard Coffee with acappella group Smorgaschord May 13, 2016, 7:30pm
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses May 8, 2016
Palo Alto, CA 80th Birthday Party with Celtic musician Karl Franzen May 7, 2016
Palo Alto, CA Celtic Music for Spring: party in Palo Alto with Celtic guitarist Karl Franzen & Irish fiddler 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 Sunnyvale’s 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 Palo Alto’s Stanford Hospital with two of the San Francisco Peninsula’s favorite folk musicians — Celtic guitarist Karl Franzen & Irish fiddler Ernest Kinsolving Mar 16, 2016
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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

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IRISH MUSIC FOR YOUR WEDDING

Celtic Band San Francisco Irish Music

Irish music is a wonderful choice for your special day. 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

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!

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.

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.

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

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’s been recorded by Irish band The Pogues and — who knew? — also by Metallica!

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

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. 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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