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Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic singer & Scottish step-dancer from Argyll, Scotland. Joy’s singing career is the result of a life-long fascination with Scotland’s traditional music and has led her all over the world; from major festivals Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours, to touring the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.  Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

Joy’s critically acclaimed debut album, Dùsgadh (Awakening) won the Scots New Music Awards Roots Recording of the Year and Fatea Tradition Award and her new album Faileasan (Reflections), is already receiving rave reviews. In addition to being nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year in 2010 & 2011, she has won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal.

A fluent Gaelic speaker, Joy has also presented shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. As an honours graduate of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the world’s only Gaelic immersion college, Joy is passionate about promoting Gaelic language and culture. She currently teaches a wide variety of classes throughout Scotland, and is an active member of several Gaelic song ensembles, in addition to her solo projects.


Awards and Nominations

  • Roots Recording of the Year – Scots New Music Awards 2011 (Winner)
  • Gaelic Singer of the Year – MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2011 & 2010 (Nomination)
  • The Tradition Award – Fatea Awards 2010 (Winner)
  • 2010 Royal National Mòd Gold Medalist
  • Best Achievement for Argyll – For Argyll Awards 2009 (Runner up)
  • Scottish Press Awards – Gaelic Journalist of the Year 2008 (Nomination)
  • Highlands and Islands Media Awards – Gaelic Journalist of the Year 2007 (Highly Commended)
  • 2006 Oban Times Mòd Gold Medalist
  • 2006 Traditional Inter-Celtic Dance Champion
  • Traditional singer of the year – Pan Celtic International Festival 2005 (Runner Up)
  • Traditional group song competition – Pan Celtic International Festival 2006, 2005, 2004 (Winner)