The Story Behind the Music

Thanking the band

Valerie and Gaelic Storm’s Jessi Burns

I mentioned in my last blog that there was a story behind the music in the Believing In Horses book trailer, and here it is.

I LOVE Gaelic Storm’s music. If you’ve seen the book trailer, you’ve heard their music. If you haven’t seen/heard the trailer, click here, and you’re in for a musical treat.  Gaelic Storm is perhaps most famous for being the “band” in steerage in the movie Titanic. Their use of traditional Irish instruments including bagpipes, fiddle, and Irish drums combined with an upbeat rock flavor and lots of spirit make for a foot-stomping, heart-pounding sound like no other. When thinking about music to accompany my book trailer, the choice was easy:  it HAD to be Gaelic Storm.

So, with my public relations team of one (me), I reached out to the band by finding contact information on the internet. I e-mailed people who seemed to be the ones who may be able to help, told them my story, and asked if they could help an unknown author. I figured, nothing ventured, nothing gained.   Before long, I received a phone call from Gaelic Storm’s manager, Matt, from Nashville, Tenn. A few more details provided back and forth; Matt’s discussion with the band; and voila, I had permission to use this world-famous band’s music in my trailer!

The band’s one condition: a small donation on the band’s behalf to Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) in Crownsville, Md.

As my Irish luck would have it, I was thrilled to be contributing to MTR. Without spoiling the book, a therapeutic riding center is discussed in my book, and my second book will largely focus on equine therapy. In fact, I spent several hours at MTR this week conducting research for Believing In Horses, Too, my next book, and am excited about future plans. What a fantastic facility with a tremendous mission and phenomenal donors and volunteers!

On February 1st, Gaelic Storm played at Ram’s Head in Annapolis, and this was my first opportunity to see them perform live. I’ll never miss them again when they are in town if I can help it. Go see them, and you’ll understand what I mean. After the show, I had a chance to personally thank a few of the band members, and was again struck by their graciousness. The photo above is with Gaelic Storm’s beautiful, talented violinist, Jessi Burns, who couldn’t have been nicer or more supportive of my forthcoming book.  Thank you, Gaelic Storm, and Matt the Manager, for taking the time and making the effort to help me out from the goodness of your hearts. I hope to pay it forward. Slainte!


  1. I love this post and I will most definitely follow up on Gaelic Storm:)