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!

    Due to the current Covid-19 situation, I'm reporting the weather these days from home...

Forthcoming Events

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

    Aboyne Highland Games

    All day


    Further info to follow.

  • Sat

    Bute Highland Games

    All day

    The Stadium

    High Street


    Isle of Bute

    PA20 9BS

    Fabulous Family Fun at our Traditional Highland Games – Come and Join the Fun!

    The Bute Highland Games is back to being held on its usual date this year, on Saturday 24th August 2024. It promises to be an exciting day with running races for juniors and a 10K road race for adults, Highland Dancing Competition, wrestling plus the incredible skills of the Heavies – tossing the caber, our talented junior shinty athletes and the toe tapping, hand clapping thrill of the Pipe Bands. Something for everyone and great family fun!

    On behalf of the organising committee, I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Joy Dunlop as our 2024 Chieftain.  We are very lucky to have someone as renowned as Joy is within the Gaelic community to join us for this year’s games.” Duncan McAlister, Chairman.

    You will find plenty to watch, do and browse with a packed programme, various stalls, children’s activities, local produce and delicious food. 

    Book your tickets in advance to save time and money. Ten percent discount is available on all ticket prices to everyone booking through the on-line Eventbrite platform before midnight on 31st May 2024. Why not treat yourself to Patron tickets and enjoy the Patron’s tent, with complimentary tea, coffee & squash, a dedicated bar, facilities and seating.

    Purchase tickets here – we look forward to welcoming you!

  • 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

    Celtic Summer Night

    Open air

    The Joy Dunlop Band / Scotland

    Photo © The Joy Dunlop Band

    She is a journalist, television and radio presenter and an ambassador of the Gaelic language in her home country Scotland: JOY DUNLOP. In the music world, she is also celebrated as one of the best Gaelic singers. She sings the old Celtic songs with a crystal clear voice and transforms them with her band into a modern music of the 21st century. Century.

    A bit of electro, beats and rhythm, plus a driving bass, a traditional fiddle and the unmistakable voice of Joy merge into a modern interpretation of old Scottish music.

    The JOY DUNLOP BAND is a live experience and the first time live in the Fischhalle Harburg!


    Purchase tickets here

  • 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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