Dithis | Duo
“The sheer simplicity of Joy’s plaintive soprano voice and Andrew’s brilliant piano arrangements make listening a real pleasure.”
Dithis (Duo) is the debut album by sibling duo Joy and Andrew Dunlop. From an early age, the pair was steeped in the rich, musical tapestry of Argyll but developed their talents in different ways: Joy immersed herself in Gaelic song traditions and Andrew followed a classical path. Dithis is a meeting and melding of their two worlds; marrying traditional Gaelic material with classical leaning accompaniments, to create a sound uniquely their own.
Following creative residences on the Isle of Mull, Dithis explores the paired back relationship of piano and voice, with light touches of harmonium and glockenspiel. Raw, authentic live performances in English, Gaelic and Scots explore the universal themes of love and loss through the centuries, creating a fusion of musical unity and understanding that pushes traditional musical boundaries, whilst maintaining a distinctive air of authenticity throughout.
Faileasan | Reflections
“The rare disc that will fly with both the Gaelic scholar and the modern music fan.”
“A pure, ringing voice” (World Album of the Week)
“The crystalline sheen of Dunlop’s own sweetly inimitable voice.”
Faileasan (Reflections) is the stunning 2013 release by contemporary Gaelic songstress, Joy Dunlop. The follow up to her critically acclaimed debut album Dùsgadh (Awakening), Faileasan is the mesmerising product of Joy’s personal quest to explore and showcase the unique beauty and intricate depths of the local Gaelic song tradition she inherited growing up in rural Argyll.
Joy Dunlop & Twelfth Day (2012)
“A classy, avant-garde sound, that is very much its own.”
“Soars with joy and then rips your heart to shreds.”
“An enjoyable listen, an interesting collaboration, a project that works.”
Fiere (2012) is a collection of songs exploring the lives, loves and experiences of women in Scotland. Using poems by female Scottish writers, Twelfth Day and Joy Dunlop have collaborated to create fresh and innovative songs in English, Gaelic and Scots; showcasing the creative output of Scottish women.
Dùsgadh | Awakening
Recording of the year 2011
“A richly rewarding album.”
“An excellent piece of work throughout.”
“True beauty of it that everyone can understand and enjoy.”
Dùsgadh (Awakening) is the debut release by Joy Dunlop. Released in 2010, it features an eclectic array of musicians and drawing on a wide range of influences, the unique blend of pure, haunting vocals & luscious musical arrangements results in an exciting new album that explores and exhibits the rich Gaelic song tradition.