The Joy Formidable

photo by Roy A Braatz

I’ve often said that the true test of a band’s worth is when all the electronics are turned off, and they’re left only with their voices and unamplified instruments. An acoustic performance, even one in such an acoustically pristine setting as the Cathedral Sanctuary at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, is a stark showcase for a band’s talents. Or lack of talents. In the case of a special performance by the phenomenal Welsh band The Joy Formidable, the result was pure magic.

This stunning intimate performance back in February was part of their semi-acoustic Leave No Trace tour. The 10-song set was released as Leave No Trace (Live in L.A.). Listen to “Underneath the Petal,” featuring special guest Anna Bulbrook on violin. She performed on two songs.

It was recorded (quite beautifully) by Scott Cornish, and the evening also featured guest Dan Mancini on bass guitar.

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