Joy Dunlop

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    Port na Cailliche (The Old Crone) Joy Dunlop

This new album from Joy Dunlop is groundbeaking. The production which elevates her voice just above the big sound of the band is near perfect. We have waited for over a decade to hear Joy and my goodness the wait was well worth it. The tracks are all in Gaelic but please please do not let that put you off. Joy uses her voice like another instrument  to convey the vibrancy of the song. The band are all on fine form with Ron Jappy on guitar and Mhairi Marwick on fiddle Gus Stirrat on bass all adding engaging elements to the tracks. Joy has said she likes to push at boundaries and with her singing she has done just that. Other gaelic singers will be sitting up taking notice at this  technical masterclass on controlled singing. One has to marvel at her breathing techniques as you cannot hear her out of puff anywhere on the album. The layers of bass interlinked with superb tunes makes Caoir one of the stand out albums of 2023 so far. Cannot wait to see Joy live on stage

Written by: Norrie Hunter

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