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 play every year at the Alnwick International Music Festival and have played at Linlithgow and Douglasdale Folk Festivals. I also play regularly at writers' events, including the Unesco City of Music Day in Glasgow.

In 2011, I stopped full time work so I could figure out what I want to do when I grow up (no comments!) and made my first CD, called 'Songs, Spells and Salsa Moves'. Please contact me if you would like a copy. You can hear 3 tracks on Soundcloud (Pauline Vallance).http://soundcloud.com/you/tracks.

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 presented a 2nd Edinburgh show, this time called 'Travels with my Clarsach'. For those who were there, you'll remember I asked you for (polite) suggestions for unusual venues I could play in. Well, I followed it up with a gig at Glasgow Airport International Departures Lounge!

2016 has been a very exciting year. I played my first hippy festival, the Eden Festival, and enjoyed playing, surrounded by sunken baths! I have been part of some wonderful collaborations (see below) and finished the year with performing in the grand surroundings of Stirling Castle.

" 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

Check my gigs page for upcoming dates.

I write songs on a wide variety of subjects, some serious, like family crisis and relationship breakdown and some not so serious - like underground systems and the X factor phenomenon! To hear some examples, go to https://soundcloud.com/pauline-vallance To see a video of my song 'Orkney', scroll to the bottom of this page.

I have recorded a CD of Scottish Lullabies (thanks to Enterprise Music Scotland), called 'Golden Slumbers' and am hoping to hold workshops for parents/carers and children, so contact me if you are interested in this.

I also enjoy composing music for commissions and have written several songs for plays written by Franzeska Ewart and performed by the Calder Drama Club. I recently composed music for a documentary on Kilallan Kirk, Houston.

Recently, I have been enjoying various collaborations. In 2015, I collaborated with lyricist and comedian, Mark Malarkey, in the group The Dreaded Lurgi. We won the Audience Award at the Edinburgh Folk Club Competition on 3rd June, with the song 'Sid the Dog Ate my Mobile Phone'. I also play in the duo Witches' Brew and with the trio Caim. I have recently joined a fantastic fusion project called The Fusioneers and we premiered our work 'Barra to Bengal' at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. I have also recently joined Tomfoolery, singing the wonderful songs of Tom Fairnie.

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

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/