"Her songs are brimming with wit and invention and are entirely captivating". James Grant

I have played flute for many years, in orchestras and in folk sessions. I was introduced to the clarsach in 2007 and discovered the instrument I was born to play! Suddenly I could sing and play at the same time (something that's a bit tricky with the flute). It then inspired me to start writing songs.

In 2009, I won the Glasgow Songwright Festival competition with the song, 'This Working Life'. After that, I started performing as often as I could. I have played at Leith, Nitten, Clydesdale, Houston, Falkirk and Quarter Folk Clubs and summer 2012, performed my first Edinburgh Fringe Show at the Acoustic Music Centre at St. Bride's. I had a great time in Edinburgh. The review in BroadwayBaby.com said "I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon listening to the soothing voice of Pauline Vallance... Combining the range of a piano and the sound of the guitar the clarsach was the perfect accompaniment to Vallance's voice as she delivered a varied performance with insightful and personal introductions to many of her songs." *** Read the full review at http://www.broadwaybaby.com/listing.php?id=15071

I enjoyed it so much, I have been back every year since, the last 4 years along with Clare Robertson, as the duo Witches Brew. This year, we were told we provided "massage to the heart". I also play every year at the Alnwick International Music Festival, have played at the Linlithgow Folk Festival and for the last 3 years, at Eden Festival, in the Vishnu Chillout Lounge. I was also thrilled to be part of the Songwriters Uncovered series, at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock. Other highlights of the last year were performing at a Christmas concert in the Great Hall at Stirling Castle and at Glasgow Cathedral for the Glasgow and District Burns Association service. I was also delighted to be asked to play at the Moira Furnace Festival in Leicestershire. It was a beautiful experience. I finished off last year with a performance at the iconic Barrowland in Glasgow. I like to ring the changes!

I am also part of the Celtic trio, Caim, along with Heather Innes and Jacynth Hamill. In 2017, myself and Heather  had wonderful tours in Canada and Australia, particular highlights being performing on a riverboat in Kuranda and at a Surf Club. We like intimate, quirky venues! We have just released our first CD as a trio - Red Winged Blackbird - which features 5 of my songs as well as a lovely array of Scottish and Irish songs. We have just been touring in Yorkshire and have performed at Filey Folk festival and the Great North Folk Festival. We are returning to Australia later this year and will also be going to New Zealand.

I am also part of The Fusioneers, a Scottish/Indian fusion project, who have developed a piece of gig theatre called 'From Barra to Bengal', which combines Indian classical singing with Scottish folk music, blended into a thrilling story.

I have made two CDs. One is all my own songs, called 'Songs, Spells and Salsa Moves', produced in 2011. The other is 'Golden Slumbers', which is a relaxing CD of Scottish lullabies, along with two originals.You can contact me if you would like a copy. 'Golden Slumbers' is also available on iTunes. You can hear some tracks from the CDs, plus some new tracks on Soundcloud at


I am thoroughly enjoying my journeys with my clarsach so far and will carry on exploring new venues and new musical ideas.

" Lovely, charming, quirky songs that made me smile.  If Jonathan Richman was a Scotswoman who played a clarsach, this is how he'd sound"  Tom Clelland, Clydesdale Folk Club

I have several videos on Youtube now. Here is the link to one called Troika Ride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVRt7RkW_-s

 For an in depth interview, conducted by the wonderful Katee Kross, plus videos of 3 of my songs, click here


There are many amazing musicians around just now and here's a link to one of them, the wonderful Bob Leslie http://www.bobleslie.scot/