About Joy

Gaelic Singer | TV & Radio Presenter | Scottish Stepdancer | Educator | Event Host

Joy Dunlop’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 Celtic festivals, to touring the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, China, Japan and New Zealand.

Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots. Five times nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year, she has also won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal and is the only person to be crowned both Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the Pan Celtic Festival. She’s released three highly acclaimed solo albums, Caoir, Dùsgadh and Faileasan and also, Dithis; a duo album with her brother Andrew. Joy is also the driving force between ‘Gaelic/Gaeilge supergroup’, LAS and has featured on a range of collaborative albums.

A popular television & radio broadcaster, Joy is involved with a wide range of music, current affairs and light entertainment programmes. With her trademark poise and depth of knowledge, Joy’s warmth and enthusiasm have made her increasing in-demand in television and radio broadcasts alike; from presenting the weather on both BBC Scotland & BBC Alba, to fronting SpeakGaelic; a wide-ranging, multi-faceted learning brand, offering the most comprehensive approach to learning Scottish Gaelic in a generation. She also presents the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition and often hosts well known music programme Travelling Folk. Joy is also the creator and co-host of the popular Scottish Gaelic and Irish podcast ‘A-nunn ’s Anall’.

A fluent Gaelic speaker, with an honours degree in Gaelic Language and Culture, Joy has taught Gaelic language and song courses across the globe and in her spare time, she also conducts the Alba Choir; Scotland’s first and only Eurovision entry, who participated in the 2019 Eurovision Choir of the Year finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.


“Joy’s pure, enthralling vocals burn brightest at the heart of it all, acting as the ember which breathes life to the skilled, heartfelt flames of musicianship that surround her on the recording.”

“A bigger and bolder sound than ever before.”

“It’s easy to imagine the album’s sparkling tracks lighting a fire in listeners as Joy’s musical embers dance around venues and festivals across Scotland and beyond.”

Esteemed Scottish singer, broadcaster and Gaelic language advocate Joy Dunlop releases her third solo album Caoir, featuring contemporary recordings of traditional Gaelic songs.

Caoir (pronounced koor) means a blaze of fire, fiercely burning, flames or flashes – imagery which comes across in the album’s undeniably vibrant and warming sound. Her pure, enthralling vocals burn brightest at the heart of it all, acting as the ember which breathes life to the skilled, heartfelt flames of musicianship that surround her on the recording.

With its upbeat rhythms and captivating melodies and riffs, it’s easy to imagine the album’s sparkling tracks lighting a fire in listeners as Joy’s musical embers dance around venues and festivals across Scotland and beyond.

Latest News

  • 2024 Cheiftan – Bute Highland Games

    2024 Cheiftan – Bute Highland Games

    I am very much looking forward to being the 2024 Chieftan of the Bute Highland Games. Abair urram / what an honour it is and I just wanted to give a huge thanks to Bute Highland Games for the opportunity. Ceud mìle taing dhuibh Tha mi an dòchas ur faicinn …
  • Dutch review – newfolksounds.nl

    Dutch review – newfolksounds.nl

    Mìle taing / Erg bedankt / Many thanks to Marius Roeting, newfolksounds.nl for this lovely review of Caoir. You can buy the album directly from me at https://www.joydunlop.com/shop/ or in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg through the links below. Benelux distribution: Xango Music). Review: https://tinyurl.com/4p76jsr6 CD: https://tinyurl.com/mys3uf5b
  • New album – Caoir

    New album – Caoir

    New album - Caoir
  • 5***** review – Dithis (Joy&Andrew)

    5***** review – Dithis (Joy&Andrew)

    Many thanks to Folk Wales for making Dithis their ‘5 Star Choice’ for June.
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    BBC News Theme Cèilidh!

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Forthcoming Events

Upcoming | Archive: 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019
  • Sat

    Féile na Gealaí - Joy Dunlop Band

    All day event

    Rathcarran, Co. Meath, C15 VX08, Ireland

    ‘S e fèis chiùil a th’ ann am Féile na Gealaí a bhios a’ comharrachadh cultar co-aimsireil na Gaeilge. ‘S ann ann an Ráth Chairn ann an siorrachd Meath a thèid a cumail gach samhradh, a’ taisbeanadh a h-uile seòrsa ciùil agus iomadh seòrsa tachartais tron deireadh-sheachdain. ‘S e fèis champachaidh a th’ inntele daoine bho air feadh na h-Èireann agus na h-Alba a’ tighinn còmhla gus pàirt a ghabhail innte. ‘S urrainn do luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig cuir a-staigh airson ticeadan an asgaidh tron cheangal seo!


    Is í Féile na Gealaí féile cheoil agus ealaíona a dhéanann ceiliúradh ar chultúr chomhaimséartha na Gaeilge.

    Is i nGaeltacht Ráth Chairn ghlas gréine na Mí a reáchtálófar an fhéile seo gach samhradh agus bíonn blaiseadh de gach genre agus gach cíneál imeachta faoin spéir ar fáil i rith na deireadh seachtaine.

    Is féile champála í chomh maith agus tagann daoine ar fud fad na tíre, agus ó hAlbain, le bheith i láthair agus le seinnm ag an fhéile seo.


    Ceannaich ticeadan an seo



  • Thu

    Joy Dunlop Trio


    Contin Church
    IV14 9ES 

    Joy Dunlop Trio in concert.

    Full details tbc.

  • Tue

    Fèis Phàislig


    Johnstone High School

    Beith Rd, Johnstone PA5 0JW

    Join us this summer for 4 days of exciting music and arts workshops. Our Fèis Week offers tailored classes for young people aged 8-18 and is led by some of Scotland’s best traditional musicians and tutors.

    Sign up now

  • Fri

    Earraghail Arts Festival


    Arranmore Island, Donegal

    Further info to come.


  • Sat

    Aboyne Highland Games

    All day


    Further info to follow.

  • Sat

    Bute Highland Games

    All day

    Isle of Bute


    Full details tbc.

  • Fri

    Joy Dunlop Band - Fischhalle Cultural Centre


    Fish Hall Harburg Event
    Werner Pfeifer
    Kanalplatz 16
    21079 Hamburg
    Phone: 040 30382128
    Mobile: 0171 54 634 74
    E-Mail: info@fischhalle-harburg.de

    Full event details to follow.


  • Sat

    Celtic Summer Day Festival 2024 - Joy Dunlop Band


    Gemeinde Brunsmark
    Dorfplatz, Dorfstraße, 23883 Brunsmark


    Celtic Summer Day 2024 is an open-air folk festival with a focus on contemporary and traditional Scottish-Irish folk music. It already took place in 2016 and 2019 with great response. The highlight is the award-winning singer “Joy Dunlop and Band” with a top cast. Audience favorite, “Outfield Westwood” from Fishing, is back again. Delicious food and Kilkenny on tap! Wheelchair accessible

    Official website – https://brunsmark.de/unser-dorf/celtic-summer-day-2024.html.

    Tickets are available from https://www.eventim-light.com/de/a/5c4760eefb8098000100de43/e/65d857e819d2a20bbe721f0b or via the link on the brunsmark.de website.

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