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
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
The Jason Pollack/Valerie Rose Band brings the dynamic, inspiring music and song of Ireland, Scotland and other Celtic lands to life. Valerie Rose and long-time collaborator Jason Pollack perform the irresistible Celtic dance more
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
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
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