Joy Dunlop


Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic singer & Scottish step-dancer from Argyll. Joy’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 festivals to touring the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand. Through her singing, she aims to showcase Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that will always remain true to its roots.

Joy’s critically acclaimed debut album, 'Dùsgadh' (Awakening) won the Scots New Music Awards Roots Recording of the Year, and her new album 'Faileasan' (Reflections), is already receiving rave reviews. In addition to being nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year in 2010 & 2011, she has won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal.

Joy has also presented shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. As an honours graduate of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the world’s only Gaelic immersion college, Joy is passionate about promoting Gaelic language and culture. She currently teaches a wide variety of singing, stepdance and language classes throughout Scotland, in addition to her solo projects.

Joy is also heavily involved in Gaelic choral music as the conductor of Còisir Cheann an Tuirc, the award-winning Argyll male voice choir and as a member of the infamous ladies’ choir Atomic Piseag. She is also an active member of the Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association and Taynuilt Gaelic Choir, in addition to being one-quarter of a cappella vocal quartet Dealrach.

"The quality of both song and musicianship of Argyll is strongly evident, most noticeable through Faileasan’s beautiful evocative and haunting melodies. All of this is centred by the crystalline sheen of Dunlop’s own sweetly inimitable voice" Songlines