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Joy And Andrew Dunlop: Dithis

30 Jun 2020

Dithis | Duo is the debut album by sibling duo Joy and Andrew Dunlop. From an early age, the pair was steeped in the rich, musical tapestry of Argyll but developed their talents in different ways: Joy immersed herself in Gaelic song traditions and Andrew followed a classical path. Dithis is a meeting and melding of their two worlds; marrying traditional Gaelic material with classical leaning accompaniments, to create a sound uniquely their own.

Following creative residences at An Tobar, Dithis explores the paired back relationship of piano and voice, with light touches of harmonium and glockenspiel. Raw, authentic live performances in English, Gaelic and Scots explore the universal themes of love and loss through the centuries, creating a fusion of musical unity and understanding that pushes traditional musical boundaries, whilst maintaining a distinctive air of authenticity throughout.

Sibling duo Joy&Andrew Dunlop hail from the village of Connel, in the West Highlands of Scotland, and have been making music together since childhood. Inspired by her love and curiosity for Gaelic song and culture, Mòd Gold Medalist and Inter-Celtic Dance Champion Joy continued her education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, while Andrew pursued classical conservatoire training in Manchester and New York. However, after a decade of performing across the UK and further afield as part of various bands and groups, Joy&Andrew have reunited to create their first duo album together Dithis, described as ‘a fusion of musical unity and understanding that pushes traditional musical boundaries, whilst maintaining a distinctive air of authenticity throughout’.

Have a listen here

5 STAR album review here from Folk Wales

Another wonderful review here from Celtbritfolk