CONTEMPORARY GAELIC SINGER & SCOTTISH STEP-DANCER
Joy Dunlop is a multi-award winning Gaelic singer and Scottish step-dancer. Originally from the West Highlands, her performances aim to showcase Gaelic music and song in a contemporary style that remains true to its roots. A seasoned performer, Joy has appeared throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand and the USA and has performed everywhere from Highland village hall ceilidhs to major international festivals such as Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours.
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)
• Royal National Mòd Gold Medalist – 2010
• 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)
• Oban Times Mòd Gold Medalist – 2006
• Traditional Inter-Celtic Dance Champion – Pan Celtic International Festival 2006
• Traditional singer of the year – Pan Celtic International Festival 2005 (Runner Up)
• Traditional group song competition – Pan Celtic International Festival 2006, 2005, 2004 (Winner)