Joy Dunlop

Crowned Pan Celtic Traditional Singer of the Year 2015 and Pan Celtic Traditional Dancer of the Year 2015 (the first to ever win both awards), 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 showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.

Her solo album Dùsgadh, demonstrated her skill as an interpreter of the tradition after many years of exposure to Scotland’s Gaelic song heritage, winning both the Scots New Music Awards Roots Recording of the Year and Fatea Tradition Award and her second album, Faileasan (Reflections), garnered rave international reviews, “Will fly with both the Gaelic scholar and the modern music fan.” (Huffington Post) “Joy Dunlop’s new CD is exciting and sexy enough that it may make you want to learn Gaelic.” (Trad Connect)

Joy has won numerous singing awards, including the prestigious Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and was nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year at the 2010 and 2011 Scots Trad Music Awards. A fluent Gaelic speaker, Joy presents shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on Radio nan Gàidheal. Her signature across all her work is the generosity with which she shares her culture, and the enthusiasm and intelligence she brings to her interpretations. The result is music deeply grounded in the Scottish authenticity and tradition, yet infused with the energy of a new generation.