Notes from the arranger
The Valentia Suite is a loving and nostalgic tribute to the beautiful hidden gem Valentia Island, in County Kerry. I have been there almost every summer since I was born with family and extended family, so every place on the island is soaked in memory. This is a very personal piece, with each movement focusing on a specific place or event, and the music tries to express the recalled moods and characters these evoke.
“Path to Glanleam”
This is quite simply the most beautiful and atmospheric walk down to the equally beautiful eponymous cove. The path has a tragic history–at its end, past the beach, is Glan Leam House which was owned by the Knight of Kerry. It was used as a soup kitchen for the poor during the Famine. Starving peasants used to come over by boat, but it is known that some of them were too weak to reach the House, and they died on the Path to Glan Leam.