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 Rose Irish Band hit all the right notes! Great sound and very accomplished group of musicians. Our guests all thought they were great. We asked them to do a special sing-along and they were very accommodating. Hire them, NOW!” – Tom, Santa Rosa
“This Irish band provided wonderful music for our recent birthday celebration. The excellent musicians played during our cocktail hour and brought smiles and toe tapping to all 65 attendees ages 12 months to 90 years. They were prompt, personable, professional, and musical. I would hire them again.” -P.L., San Francisco
“We enthusiastically recommend this Celtic band for any special event, occasion, or party. Their beautiful Irish music provided the perfect atmosphere for our St. Patrick’s Celebration. They are not only wonderfully musical but also professional in every way and easy to work with regarding impromptu staging, client speeches, etc. Presenting this band was time and money well spent.” C.J., Berkeley
“This Irish band was great. They showed up on time, sounded great and were very friendly and accommodating. They have great voices and are all accomplished musicians. If you ever need a reference for them, use me.” -John H., San Francisco
“I grew up listening to Irish music and this band delivered a great performance. All of the band members were very friendly and interacted well with our guests. Overall A++. We would definitely recommend them and will use them again.” -J.R., Livermore
“Thanks to all three of you for sharing your talent at our wedding in Healdsburg earlier this month. It’s exactly what we wanted and everyone loved it. It couldn’t have been more perfect!” -M.O., Santa Rosa
Valerie Rose presents songs and dance tunes from the great Irish / Celtic tradition. Hearkening back to the pioneers of the Celtic folk music revival such as Clannad and Altan, Valerie’s arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and songs are spiced with rich harmonies and playful interchanges between voice and instruments. Audiences find captivating the pure, haunting quality of her voice and the vibrant intensity of her fiddling. With each piece, she brings to life the transcendent beauty of Celtic melodies and the joyous energy of the Irish tradition’s jigs, reels and hornpipes.
Valerie plays in several San Francisco area Celtic bands and ensembles, and will assemble just the right instrumentation and size of group for your event. Ranging from a Celtic harp and fiddle duo all the way to a 4- or 5-person Irish ceili dance band, one of these bands will be a perfect addition to your event. Instrument options include fiddle plus any of the following: Celtic harp, Irish flute, guitar, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, Irish concertina, bodhran (Irish folk drum), Irish pipes (uillean pipes), bass, and vocals. Your guests will be tapping their toes to lively dance tunes, and have a great time singing along to favorite Irish songs.
Valerie grew up playing guitar and singing folksongs in three-part harmony with her family. After moving to California, she performed at San Jose’s Center Stage as a solo folksinger, and served as lead soprano and music director for the Saratoga Madrigal Singers. Later, after getting bitten by the Irish music bug, she formed the band “The Owner’s Daughter” with San Francisco Celtic guitarist Steve Baughman, and in 1993 the two released a CD to favorable reviews. She then went on to play with Irish band Four Shillings Short, famed Celtic harper Chris Caswell‘s Celtic Light Orchestra, Celtic harp duo Knodel & Valencia, singer-songwriter Benita Kenn, Djerdan Folk Band with San Francisco-based Yugoslav violinist Slavko Śilič, and Celtic festival favorites Molly’s Revenge. She has also made guest appearances with Irish harper and storyteller Patrick Ball, Irish piper and fiddler Kevin Carr, San Francisco Irish band Tipsy House, and San Francisco Bay Area Irish stalwarts Michael & Shay Black.
Valerie’s Celtic rock CD, Petals of Stone, is available at CD Baby.
“With innovative arrangements of traditional material, Petals of Stone is bursting with passion and fire.” -Lief Sorbye of the Celtic rock band Tempest, Berkeley, CA
“Petals of Stone is a rare flower well worth seeking out!” – Michael Devlin, Music Matters Review
“Valerie has the voice of an angel and clearly one who is not afraid of electricity.” – George Maida, WCVE 88.9 FM
In 2003 she co-founded the Irish band Thornhill Road, which was for several years the house traditional band at San Jose’s iconic pub Rosie McCann’s of Santana Row. Of the band Thornhill Road, Danny Carnahan of “Wake the Dead” said, “Thornhill Road is a rarity — an American Celtic band whose uncluttered and confident instrumental interplay and sparkling vocal harmonies are an easy match for the best coming out of Ireland these days.” Their recording of the Irish-language piece Mhaire Bhruinneal/Dunmore Lasses was featured in the “Best of 2007” episode of Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.
Valerie’s solo CD, Petals of Stone, recorded in Palo Alto, explored edgier territory, successfully mixing Irish and English traditional ballads with hard-rock instrumentation. “Rose’s pure, sweet voice should please fans of Annie Haslam, Maddy Prior, or Sandy Denny. An auspicious debut,” said Larry Nai in Progression: The Quarterly Journal of Progressive Music. Guest musicians in the band included Irish singer Sylvia Herold, Phil Campbell, David Balakrishnan, Celtic cellist Kris Yenney of Broceliande, Paul Revelli, Vince Littleton, John Land, and Preston Carter. A track from this CD was selected by Silicon Valley Walk for AIDS to appear on its fundraising CD, Sounds for Hope.
Valerie has also appeared on recordings by other artists, including “Roads” by San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter Benita Kenn, world fiddler Tom Rigney’s “Metamorphosis“, “Living Tradition” by Santa Cruz Scottish bagpiper David Brewer, “Urban Folk Music of the Former Yugoslavia” by Djerdan with Slavko Śilič, and “One December Night” by Palo Alto’s The Gryphon Carolers.
Most recently Valerie has teamed up with Irish flute player Jason Pollack of Oakland, California. The pair, along with Berkeley’s Mark Unger on Irish bouzouki and Del Eckels on bodhran (Irish folk drum), performed as the Valerie Rose Band at the 2010 KVMR Grass Valley Celtic Festival.
The pair also perform as a trio with San Francisco North Bay Area Celtic harper Debra Knodel.
Valerie is also a conductor, violinist, vocal soloist, and arranger for the Gryphon Carolers, a unique San Francisco Bay Area choir that presents world, jazz, Irish, and Americana music for the holidays.