The Joy Formidable Celebrates 10 Years Since Debut EP

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary since the band’s debut EP A Balloon Called Moaning, Welsh alternative rock group The Joy Formidable have announced ‘The Ten Years Floating Tour’ in North America for the upcoming winter. This comes just after the end of a fall acoustic tour with Devotchka, a four-piece instrumental and vocal ensemble from Denver, CO.

During the tour, the band will make three stops in New York. First performing back to back nights Dec. 5 and 6 at the Rough Trade in Brooklyn. They will then make their way to Albany for a show at The Hollow on Dec. 7.

Additionally, The Joy Formidable has released a special double album edition of their debut album. In keeping with the band’s desire to pay homage to their Welsh heritage, they will also release an acoustic Welsh language version called ‘Y Falwn Drom’. Already available through Hassle Records, there will be a double CD and double colored vinyl. It is a limited edition with only 1000 copies and can be purchased here. Featuring the single “Whirring,” A Balloon Called Moaning was originally written and recorded in a bedroom by Ritzy Bryan (lead singer and guitarist) and Rhydian Davies (vocalist and bass) over 10 years ago in North Wales.

On the new release, Ritzy explains; “We’ve been through such a lot as a band over the years, it’s been a really reflective studio session, returning to the old recordings and transforming them into these beautiful stripped back, intimate versions. It’s exciting hearing them in the Welsh language because now they have new life too and can be a celebration of language as well as memory.”

The Joy Formidable – Tour Dates
Nov. 29 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Nov. 30 & Dec.1 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 3 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Dec. 5 & 6 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
Dec. 7 – The Hollow – Albany, NY
Dec. 10 – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON
Dec. 12 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Dec. 13 – Colectivo – Milwaukee, WI
Dec. 14 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN
Dec. 17 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Dec. 18 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
Dec. 20 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
Dec. 21 – The Teragram – Los Angeles, CA