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.

Caoir

“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.

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    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
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2023

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  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2023

    ‘CAOIR’ ALBUM LAUNCH

    7.30pm

    Cottiers Bar, Theatre and Restaurant 
    93-95 Hyndland St
    Glasgow
    G11 5PU

    Bar & Restaurant
    0141 357 5825

    Box Office
    0141 357 4000

    Scottish Gaelic singer and bilingual broadcaster, Joy Dunlop, celebrates the release of her eagerly anticipated third solo album ‘Caoir’. Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year & Traditional Dance Champion at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, 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, Japan and New Zealand.

    Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots. Nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year 2020, 2016, 2011 & 2010, she has also won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal and released two highly acclaimed solo albums, Dùsgadh and Faileasan. She is also the driving force between ‘Gaelic/Gaeilge supergroup’, LAS and has released collaborative albums with Joy&Andrew, Twelfth Day, Music Makes Me and Melody & Derrick Cameron, amongst others. 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 is also a popular television & radio presenter, who 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 is also the presenter of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition and often hosts well known music programme, Travelling Folk.

    “Something of a one-woman Gaelic industry.”The Herald
    “Long established as one of the finest Gaelic singers on the circuit” Songlines

    Book your tickets here: https://cottiers.com/event/joy-dunlop-caoir-album-launch/

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2023

    Choral Workshop

    9.45am

    The Quaker Meeting House

    7 Victora Terrace

    Edinburgh

    E1 2JL

    Always wanted to sing Gaelic songs? Fancy trying something new? Want to build on your existing Gaelic skills? Why not come along to our next workshop, hosted by Joy Dunlop, on Saturday 1st April! This workshop is suitable for all choral singing and Gaelic-speaking abilities. To register, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/vT1PdpmzGJMFxPXN8

     

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2023

    Gaelic Choral Singing Workshop

    10am
    Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL

     
    The next workshop with Joy Dunlop (with support from Seachdain na Gàidhlig – Edinburgh Gaelic Festival) will be held in Edinburgh on Saturday 13th May!
     
    The workshop will develop participants’ confidence in singing in Gaelic as well as their repertoire of Gaelic songs, including those often performed by the massed choirs at the Royal National Mòd.
     
    For more information or to sign up, please visit: https://www.edinburghgaelicchoir.co.uk/
  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2023
    Fri
    21
    Jul
    2023

    Fèis Phàislig

    10am

    Johnstone High School

    Our Fèis Week is an intensive week of arts workshops for young people aged 5-18. Working with some of Scotland’s top traditional musicians, participants are able to develop their skills, take part in our finale concert and most importantly, have fun. 

    Find out more here

  • Wed
    02
    Aug
    2023

    Under Canvas Festival - Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail + Joy Dunlop

    8pm

    Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

    Under Canvas, our flagship summer festival, is back! From 5 July – 26 August 2023 we’re presenting 39 days of live music, performance and DJ sets on our lawn.

    Tha Under Canvas, ar fèis shamhraidh a-muigh, air ais! Bho 5 Iuchar – 26 Lùnastal 2023 bidh sinn a’ taisbeanadh 39 làithean de cheòl beò, DJan agus eile anns na gàrraidhean againn.

    Further information here

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2023
    Sun
    03
    Sep
    2023

    Scottish Music Festival - China 2023

    Various

    China wide tour

    A celebration of Scottish Folk and Traditional Music in all its contemporary glory in a land that boasts the most populous cities in the world yet is nearly entirely untouched by Scottish Music.

    The Aim of the Festival, which will run from Thursday 24th August until Sunday 3rd September 2023, is to celebrate Scottish Folk and Traditional Music in all its contemporary glory in a land that boasts the most populous cities in the world yet is nearly entirely untouched by Scottish Music.

    Five Bands will be selected to represent the cutting edge of Scottish Music who complement each other and are ambassadors for their craft, their culture and their country. With an expected audience of 30,000 concert goers and a potential direct advertising reach of over 1 Million people the scope and potential for the project is enormous.

    The five groups will assemble at the start of the project for a grand opening concert; this will likely be in Beijing or Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province. This will then be followed by each band embarking on their own tour, before all bands congregate for one final stramash at the end of the festival.

    More details to come – find further information here.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2023

    The Renfrewshire Collection

    7pm

    The Bungalow

    15 Shuttle Street Paisley PA1 1YD

    Thig nar cuideachd airson oidhche de cheòl traidiseanta air Diardaoin an 14mh dhen t-Sultain aig The Bungalow 

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     Join us for a night of traditional music at The Bungalow next Thursday 14th September. 

    Our team of musicians will be sharing tunes, songs and stories from the new Renfrewshire Collection resource. They are…

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    pastedGraphic_2.png Ron Jappy (fiddle and guitar)

    pastedGraphic_3.png Grant McFarlane (accordion)

    pastedGraphic_4.png Alistair Iain Paterson (piano)

    pastedGraphic_5.png Marissa Waite (bodhran) (Modern Bodhrán)

    pastedGraphic_6.png SAOR AN-ASGAIDH, Glèidhibh tiocaid an-diugh // Reserve your FREE tickets today here: https://buff.ly/3Etkk6x

     

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2023

    Joy Dunlop - Gaelic Singing Workshop

    11am

    St Boswells Village Hall.

    Jenny Moore's Road, Saint Boswells, TD6 0AA

    Come and join us in an open and friendly environment, for an exciting workshop with renowned Gaelic singer and broadcaster Joy Dunlop. No previous knowledge of Gaelic needed. Singing in Gaelic has never been so tempting!

    “Whether you speak Gaelic or not.”

    Saturday 23rd September, 11am-4pm

    St Boswells Village Hall

    £10 or pay what you can – Tickets from Eventbrite or on the door

    Bring your own lunch / Tea and coffee provided

    For further information contact: turas.songs@gmail.com

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joy-dunlop-gaelic-singing-workshop-tickets-693190560627

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2023

    Club Fèis a’ Mhòid / Mòd Phàislig 2023 Festival Club

    9pm

    The Sneddon, 30 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley PA3 2AL

    ‘S e Club Fèis a’ Mhòid an t-àite airson fois a ghabhail, coinneachadh ri caraidean agus tlachd fhaighinn às a h-uile càil a tha a’ dol aig Mòd Phàislig. Bithidh measgachadh de sheiseanan ciùil pop-up beò agus tachartasan gach latha den fhèis.

    Our lively, welcoming Mòd Festival Club is your go-to place to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy everything the Mòd and Paisley has to offer. Featuring a variety of pop-up live music sessions and entertainment each day of the festival.  

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2023

    MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

    7pm

    Caird Hall

    Dundee

    The 21st MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards returns to Dundee as part of the Caird Hall’s Centenary celebrations. Hands Up for Trad presents the 21st annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards at The Caird Hall, this December, showcasing and celebrating Scottish traditional music at its very best to folk fans from across the country. Known as the Folk Oscars, the 2023 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards will feature performances from some of Scotland’s leading Scottish traditional music artists, including: Mànran, The Peatbog Faeries, Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan, Duncan Chisholm, The Joy Dunlop Band, the Winner of 2023 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year – Amy Laurenson and many more. So celebrate with us this December whilst we recognise the 2023 Scottish traditional music luminaries and come of age in Dundee. Please visit: www.scotstradmusicawards.com for more information and to vote on your favourites from October 2022. Tickets: (on sale from 19th July, 10am) Full Price – £33.00 ( £30.00 %2B £3.00 Booking Fee) Concession – £18.00 ( £15.00 + £3.00 Booking Fee) Information published by Leisure and Culture Dundee.

     

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