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) A vocalist renowned for her ability to breath freshness into the most traditional material, Joy translates ancient Gaelic musical traditions into the twenty-first century with elegance and grace.
The Joy Dunlop Band, comprising guitarist Ron Jappy, fiddler Mhairi Marwick, bassist Gus Stirrat and drummer Ifedade Thomas, explores 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.
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.