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Joy Dunlop | Live Performance Review

Campbell Cameron: Argyll’s got talent

So….Argyll’s got talent. We never doubted it …not the sort of plastic manufactured talent that the X Factor or The Voice produces ….but real honest to goodness ability that comes of endless hours of practice and much performance experience.

It all began with Joy Dunlop (top with the Argyll band) – a great product of the Gaelic choir and Fèis movements. Following in the footsteps of Karen Matheson, Joy has found the old Gaelic standards born of Argyll have not been heard by audiences further afield. Both have spent many hours individually at the School of Scottish studies in Edinburgh trawling through the rich seam of recorded music archived there. Joy found many of them recorded on the original wax cylinders.

The new album is complete and a few of us lucky souls got the chance to take one home from her recent run of concerts with the Argyll Band. Comprising all Argyll musicians to reflect the songs she sang – it is apparent that our girl; for she hails from Connel, within earshot of the Falls of Lora, has come on in leaps and bounds. Joy’s range and depth is fantastic and she has a confidence that makes her a great entertainer with stories and jokes between the songs to entertain the audience. If I marry I shall not marry a big girl opens the album in ironic style as Joy is a generous 6 foot tall beauty and well worthy of the suitor who penned the song. The album takes us a tour of Mull, The Isle of Luing,  Glen Ure,  to lament Colin Campbell, Colonsay Coll and Tiree, Carsaig Beach and back to the water’s edge of Loch Etive with Taigh an Uillt, the loch where the Falls of Lora ebb and flow daily. Treat yourself when Joy comes by or get on her website and be sure to get wind of the albums official release later this year.

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