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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, dance, wedding, pub, 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

Oakland, CA Circle Left Contra Dance with dance band Stringfire!, 8pm Nov 8, 2019
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Sep 8, 2019
Berkeley, CA Berkeley Contra Dance with dance band Stringfire!, 8pm Aug 21, 2019
Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Contra Dance with dance band Stringfire!, 6:30pm Jul 26, 2019
San Francisco, CA Irish set dancing with Irish band Fox on the Town at the United Irish Cultural Center, 8pm Jul 14, 2019
Auburn, CA Fiddle instructor at California Coast Music Camp, July 7-14 Jul 7, 2019
San Francisco, CA Valerie Rose Band plays for Irish set dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars, 9pm Jun 27, 2019
Palo Alto, CA Palo Alto Contra Dance with dance band Stringfire! Jun 22, 2017
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Jun 9, 2019
San Francisco, CA Valerie Rose Band plays for Irish set dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars, 9pm Mar 23, 2019
Mountain View, CA Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses, 11am Apr 26, 2019
Berkeley, CA Benefit concert for Camp Harmony with Irish concertina player Daniel Hersh, 7pm Apr 27, 2019
Palo Alto, CA Bing Music Series at Stanford Hospital with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses, 12:30pm Apr 26, 2019
Sunnyvale, CA Irish Set Dancing with Irish band Fox on the Town Apr 13, 2019
San Francisco, CA St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses, 11:30am – 2:30pm Mar 17, 2019
Redwood City, CA Yacht club St. Patrick’s dinner with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses Mar 16, 2019
Dublin, CA Dublin St. Patrick’s Day festival with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses Mar 16, 2019
San Jose, CA San Jose Police Association banquet with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses Mar 15, 2019
Santa Clara, CA Senior living center with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses Mar 14, 2019
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Mar 10, 2019
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Feb 10, 2019
San Francisco, CA Valerie Rose Band plays for Irish dancing at San Francisco’s Plough & Stars Jan 17, 2019
Sunnyvale, CA Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub with Irish band The Gallowglasses, 6-9:00pm Jan 13, 2019
Woodside, CA Christmas music at Woodside Village Church’s Holiday Craft Fair Dec 21, 2018
Woodside, CA Holiday concert with Ed Johnson, Carol McComb, & the Gryphon Carolers , 6pm Dec 9, 2018
San Francisco, CA Play for English country dancing at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, 7-10:00pm Dec 28, 2018
San Francisco, CA Western Shore Céili Band plays for Irish dancing at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco, 7-10:00pm Nov 4, 2018
Alameda, CA Solo fiddle performance at an outdoor wedding reception Nov 1, 2018
Redwood City, CA Birthday party with Irish/Scottish band The Gallowglasses Oct 28, 2018
Marin, CA Fairfax Irish Music 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 Contra Dance 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

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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.

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! more

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