Joy Dunlop is one of today’s foremost Scottish Gaelic singers. A vocalist renowned for her ability to breathe freshness into the most traditional material, Joy translates ancient Gaelic musical traditions into the twenty-first century with elegance and grace. The emotional power of her singing needs no translation, speaking to audiences across the divides of language and history in a voice as luminous and compelling as the landscapes of her native Argyll.
Raised on the west coast of Scotland, Joy was steeped in the musical traditions of Argyll since childhood. While maintaining a deep connection to these roots, she has risen to great honours as a vocalist, with a string of awards including the Royal National Mòd Gold Medal, the Oban Times Gold Medal and two consecutive nominations as Gaelic Singer of the Year. Her début album Dùsgadh (Awakening) received high acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, including being named the Scots New Music Roots Recording of the Year and winning the Fatea Tradition Award. A seasoned and spirited live performer, Joy has toured from Europe to North America to New Zealand and performed at international festivals including Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours.
A passionate ambassador of Gaelic language and culture, Joy presents shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on Radio nan Gàidheal. She is also an award-winning Scottish step-dancer and Traditional Inter-Celtic Dance Champion. She recently joined acclaimed Scottish duo Twelfth Day on the collaborative album Fiere and has also lent her talents to recordings with numerous other international artists.
*See the panel on the right for details of her duo recital in the 2015 LDSM festival.