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Joy Dunlop
Born Connel, Scotland
Genres Gaelic, Celtic, folk
Occupations Singer, Scottish Step Dancer, Journalist, Broadcaster
Associated acts Atomic Piseag, Còisir Ceann an Tuirc, Taynuilt Gaelic Choir

Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic speaker, singer and Scottish step dancer from the village of Connel in Argyll, Scotland.


Career Biography

Dunlop graduated from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig with an honours immersion degree in Gaelic Language and Culture and the Anna NicDhonnchaidh prize for her efforts in promoting and supporting Gaelic in the community.[1]


Gaelic Development Work

She is currently the full time Gaelic development officer in Argyll, Bute and the Islands for An Comunn Gaidhealach but has also worked as Gaelic Instructor in residence[2] for Fèis Mhàbu in Cape Breton and with communities in New Zealand promoting and developing Gaelic language and song. Joy has taught courses for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Clì Gàidhlig, CNSA and is both a written and simultaneous translator, guest speaker and MC for events and conferences in the UK and further a field. She is also a popular local and Royal National Mod adjudicator for both Gaelic and music.[3]


A seasoned artiste, Dunlop has performed throughout the world and has had competitive success as both a solo and group performer. She was the lead singer of winning traditional groups at the Pan Celtic Festival [2003, 2004, 2005] and also crowned runner up in the International Traditional Song competition in 2005. She was the Oban Times Gold medalist and Puirt-a-Beul champion competition at The Royal National Mod in 2006, winner of the Òran Mòr compeittion[4] and runner up in the Gold Medal Series in 2007. Joy is also heavily involved in Gaelic choral music as the conductor of Còisir Ceann an Tuirc[5] who won gold at the 2008 National Mod under her directorship, a member of Argyll ladies' choir Atomic Piseag[6] Esme Smyth Winners 2005 and 4 times Pan Celtic champions and is the Gaelic tutor for and member of Taynuilt Gaelic Choir[7] who have also swept the boards in the Sheriff Macmaster competition under her tutorage. She is also who a member of Dealrach[8], an Argyll based female quartet who won Mod Gold at their 1st ever outing in 2008.

A familiar face on the Scottish ceilidh scene, she has also performed numerous international festivals including the Celtic Colours Festival, Nova Scotia, Schotland Festival, Holland and at Celtic Connections, Scotland. Dunlop has also recently completed a Scottish tour with Scottish Harp player Rachel Hair and recorded two songs on her new album "The Lucky Smile."


Dunlop has appeared on several television programmes including music programmes Guthan nan Gàidheal, Sorcha nan Reul and Ar n-Aran Làitheil [which she also presented] She was a featured speaker on Cunntas and Barail Bhoireannach debating current issues and starred in the new series Leadaidh 's Breacaist[9] for BBC Alba. She also made her acting debut in 2007 as a character in the popular Gaelic comedy PC Alasdair Stiùbhaird for BBC.

Dunlop also wrote a monthly column in the now defunct Gaelic newspaper “An Gàidheal Ùr” and was highly commended in the first-ever Gaelic Journalist section at the 2008 Highlands and Islands Media Awards.[10] She was also shortlisted in the Gaelic Journalist of the Year section in the 2008 Scottish Press Awards and more recently has written for The Oban Times and Cothrom magazine produced by Clì Gàidhlig.


Solo recordings

  • Dùsgadh (2010)

With Others

  • Ceòlmhor Ostaig - Various artists (2004)
  • Abair Ceol - Ardsgoil an Obain (2004)
  • Fo Sgail Beinn Chruachain - Coisir Ghaidhlig Thaigh an Uillt (2006)
  • Piseag Gu Leor - Atomic Piseag (2006)
  • The Lucky Smile - Rachel Hair (2009)

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