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

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2024

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  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2024

    Cowal Music Club

    2.30pm

    Dunoon Burgh Hall
    195 Argyll Street
    Dunoon, PA23 7DD

    Joy Dunlop at Cowal Music Club

    Popular singer, musician and broadcaster, Joy Dunlop, with her five piece band, showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

    The band consists of Joy Dunlop (vocals), Ron Jappy (guitar), Mairi Marwick (fiddle), Gus Stirrat (bass) and Scott Jamieson (drums).

    Joy was crowned Traditional Singer of the Year and Traditional Dance Competition at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival. She was also five times nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year, as well as winning the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal.

    Through her singing, Joy showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

    Tickets only £12. Buy online if you can here but they will be available on the door.
    Entry for under 18s is free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2024

    Tartan Day Tattoo D.C. 2024

    7:30pm-10:00pm

    Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center 4915 Netherton Drive Alexandria, VA 22302

    The Washington Tattoo invites you to experience the Tartan Day Tattoo D.C. 2024 – a spectacular evening of music and dance showcasing the very best of American and Scottish cultures, presented live on stage in a public theatre for the first time in the Washington DC area!

    Immerse yourself in a captivating showcase that blends traditional and contemporary music and dance, bringing together the very best global talent for a once in a lifetime experience. The beat of drums, the skirl of pipes, stirring marches, and colorful highland dancers will inspire, entertain, and leave you feeling uplifted as we celebrate Tartan Day 2024!

    Purchase tickets here.

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2024

    New York City Tartan Week Mòd - workshops & competition

    11am

    The Tailor Public House,

    505 8th Avenue New York, NY 10018, United States

    NYC Tartan Week, Isle of Harris Distillery, and An Communn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach are pleased to bring you the Second Annual NYC Tartan Week Mòd and Gaelic Workshop Presentations.

    The deadline to register is March 18th at 12:00 a.m. Registration for the morning workshops is $40.00 and to compete in the afternoon is $30.00.

    This event will be hosted by Mòd Gold Medalist and BBC Alba’s SpeakGaelic presenter, Joy Dunlop.

    Not ready to compete? Join us in the morning for our worshops featuring conversational Gaelic and Gaelic Song.

    Mòd Competition details:

    Each performer will sing one song at the competition. There will be a choice of six prescribed Gaelic songs or you can submit a Gaelic song of your own choice.

    Each singer will perform unaccompanied and must be able to sing without sheet music. The judges will score the live performances on both Gaelic and music and select the winning performance.

    The winner will be crowned New York City Tartan Week Mòd Champion 2024 and win a prize of $250 from the NY Caledonian Club, an invitation to sing at the NYC Caledonian Club Ceilidh, and a free Weebox plus a12 month subscription to Weebox.

    New York City Tartan Week is proud to partner with a number of Scottish Gaelic events throughout the week and we hope the Scottish and Gaelic speaking communities throughout North America and beyond will help continue to make NYCTW Mòd an annual event. Join us in your Clan tartan!

  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2024

    George Washington's Mount Vernon Performance

    2pm-4pm

    George Washington's Mount Vernon

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
    Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

    Joy will join ‘The Washington Tattoo’ performers for a captivating showcase that blends traditional and contemporary music and dance, bringing together the very best global talent for a once in a lifetime experience. The beat of drums, the skirl of pipes, stirring marches, and colourful highland dancers will inspire, entertain, and leave you feeling uplifted as we celebrate Tartan Week 2024!

    Purchase tickets here.

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2024

    Bryant Park - NYC Tartan Week Performance

    10.50am

    Bryant Park, New York, NY 10018, USA

     

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2024

    Isle of Coll Music Group - Joy Dunlop Trio

    7.30pm

    An Cridhe

    Isle of Coll

    Argyll

    Joy Dunlop Trio –  Isle of Coll Music Group

    The Joy Dunlop Trio, comprising singer and step dancer Joy Dunlop, guitarist Ron Jappy and fiddler Mhairi Marwick,  explores Scotland’s cultural links through exhilarating dance/music collaborations and beautifully arranged Scottish Gàidhlig songs.

  • Mon
    03
    Jun
    2024

    Joy Dunlop Trio

    7.30pm

    The Oak Room, The Rockfield Centre, Oban, PA34 5DQ

    With an exquisitely expressive voice and a deep connection to the traditions of the Scottish Highlands, Joy Dunlop is “long established as one of the finest Gaelic singers on the current circuit.” (Songlines) Her 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 has hosted 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’.

    Performing with Joy will be guitarist Ron Jappy, and fiddlers Mhairi Marwick. Together, they will explore Scotland’s cultural links through exhilarating dance/music collaborations and beautifully arranged Scottish Gàidhlig songs. The result is music deeply grounded in authenticity and tradition, yet infused with the energy of a new generation; all lit up with the passion and power of Joy’s shimmering voice.

    Tickets available in advance here, or on the door. 

    Registered carers free when accompanying paid ticket holder.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2024

    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
    20
    Jun
    2024

    Joy Dunlop Trio

    7.30pm

    Contin Church
    Strathpeffer
    Ross-shire
    IV14 9ES 

    Joy Dunlop Trio in concert.

    Contin Church – Scottish Charity number SCO11897
    Thurs. 20th June, 7.30pm
     
    Tickets £10 (children 12 & under free)
     
    Tickets available locally from Contin Village Shop, Contin Filling Station, Strathpeffer Sweetie Shop, The Sports & Model Shop, Dingwall or Contin & Strathpeffer Churches

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