Dithis 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 on the Isle of Mull, 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.
1 A Mhairead Òg | Young Margaret
2 The Light Gatherer
3 A Fhleasgaich an Fhuilt Chraobhaich Chais | Boy with the Golden Hair
4 I Wonder What’s Keeping My True Love Tonight
5 Solas M’ àigh | My Hope’s Light
6 The Testimony of Patience Kershaw
7 Puirt à beul | Mouth Music (Nighean na Cailliche Cròtaiche Crùbaich / Fac’ Sibh Màiri Nighean Alasdair? / O, Tha ‘n Tombaca Daor)
8 Saints and Sinners
9 A Mhic Iain ‘Ic Sheumais | Son of John, Son of James
10 Cadal Cha Dèan Mi Sleep | Sleep Evades Me
11 Ae Fond Kiss