Originally composed in Australia in 1992, Sydney Harbour Reel is a musical story of the area of Circular Quay in Sydney Australia where the ferries arrive and leave for destinations all around the harbour. On one side is ‘The Rocks’ where the famous Irish drinking establishment ‘The Mercantile Hotel’ is while the Sydney Harbour Bridge soars overhead spanning the harbour and on the other stands the World famous Sydney Opera House. All along the harbour front buskers play for locals and tourists catching ferries or just sightseeing. The result is a continuous inner city bustle interrupted by the distinctive three note blast from the ferry hooters as they depart.
Phil Conyngham – didgeridoo
Maria Cullen O’Dwyer – bodhrán
Simon O’Dwyer – dord iseal, large conch shell, vocals
Ivan O’Shea – recording, October 1994 at Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
Volker Staut – post mastering