Harbour of tears (1996) camel are such masters of the concept album that they even managed to pull off one, the snow goose, that didn’t have any lyrics. but harbour of tears was a different beast entirely. its far and away-style concept was inspired by the real-life tale of vocalist/guitarist andy latimer’s grandmother and her family leaving ireland. the harbour of the title refers to cobh harbour in county cork, a port from which thousands of émigrés departed during the 1800s and 1900s. it’s this personal
touch, together with its evocative celtic flourishes, that lends harbour of tears a genuine emotional undercurrent.