Asleep at the Reel

Album of the year / Group of the year / Song of the Year
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Album of the Year – Finalist
Group of the Year – Finalist
Song of the Year



Asleep at the Reel evoke the sound of the lively Irish pub, of flying fiddles and rich voices in harmony around an open fire. Their songs are stories – some of them hundreds of years old – wrapped up in music. Their rollicking jigs and reels will keep your feet tapping. The Irish call it the craic. It’s a word that means music and fun and, typically, quite a lot of the demon drink all bound up together.

This band of fine musicians taps into a tradition that dates back centuries and runs through Christy Moore, The Pogues, and Van Morrison among many others. Yet Asleep at the Reel are not Irish – nor do they pretend to be. They are Australian yet, like so many Australians, Celtic music is in their DNA.

This is not a musical tradition which is fixed in time or place. It shifts and evolves as it travels around the globe. In 2018 Asleep at the Reel released their debut cd The Emerald Dream a rich and diverse collection which joins the dots between Celtic music and contemporary Australian song, courtesy of nationally-acclaimed songwriter Mark Cryle.

The band take this Celtic blend from its roots in the peat-smoked pubs of Ireland and Scotland, from the kitchen, the hearth, the veranda and the shearing shed all the way to the stage. There they throw in a little backbeat just for the fun of it.

Asleep at the Reel are:
Mark Cryle – guitar & vocals
Rose Broe – accordion & vocals
Mick Nolan – bass & vocals
Hugh Curtis – fiddle & mandolin
Suzanne Hibbs – drums & percussion