The Joy Formidable are set to open a run of UK and US shows, the Ten Years Floating Tour, at Manchester’s Bread Shed.
The tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of A Balloon Called Moaning, which was also feted with the release of a commemorative double album edition of their debut release. The double album includes their 2009 EP A Balloon Called Moaning plus the acoustic Welsh language version, Y Falŵn Drom.
Written and recorded in a bedroom over a decade ago by lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan, and bass player and vocalist Rhydian Davies in North Wales, A Balloon Called Moaning was an instant hit. It was the first of the band’s releases to feature their now iconic single Whirring – a track that was named amongst Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks of The Year and described as “the song of the year” by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.
Throughout their career, The Joy Formidable have been keen to recognise and highlight the importance of their Welsh heritage, and so on the new anniversary edition, each song from the original release is re-worked acoustically and presented again in the Welsh language. Speaking about the 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.”
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The Joy Formidable headline at Manchester’s Bread Shed on 22 November 2019.
Image of The Joy Formidable courtesy Steve Reynolds.