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London Evening Standard – “World” Album of the Week

Faileasan | Album Review

JOY DUNLOP

Faileason / Reflections (Sradag Music)

****

There’s been a real resurgence in Scottish Gaelic music in the past few years — headlined by Julie Fowlis — and Joy Dunlop is one of the newer names. She’s picked songs from her native Argyll, sings them in a pure, ringing voice and also recorded them there. The arrangements — with guitar, piano, drums, pipes — are light and transparent. One of the most haunting tracks, An Roghainn, sets a poem by Sorley Maclean to a gorgeous tune by Donald Shaw. Another, about a man not wanting to marry a tall girl, which opens the album, must be tongue in cheek as Joy Dunlop strikingly towers over anyone alongside her on stage.

SIMON BROUGHTON

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