Little Devils – 21st Century Blues....new shoots from old roots
Little Devils were formed in 2010. Since then they have produced three albums, have been voted Best Live Band in 2011 & were finalists in the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues Competition 2012.
Having achieved the above & reflecting the enhanced reputation & profile of the band, Mick Paice one of the most respected harp/sax players in the UK joined Little Devils( ex Jools Holland, The Blues Band & more – see below).
Last year they played over 100 gigs in the UK, and Europe (including playing with Matt Schofield, Alabama 3 & The Pogues amongst others). 2013 was kick started at Broadstairs Blues Bash in February and the Boogaloo Weekender at Alvaston Hall in March, with a host of gigs lined up in the UK & Europe - it’s going to be a busy year.
Little Devils (click the pix for videos) are:
The vocalist, Yoka - likened to Dana Fuchs, Skunk Anansie & Adele
a powerful voice and great stage presence. She also plays sax & flute.
Sax & blues harp, Mick Paice - since November 2012, legendary sax/harp
maestro Mick Paice has joined the band. Mick has worked with Jools Holland,
The Blues Band, Dana Gillespie, Dr John, Joe Louis Walker & many more big names.
Lead guitar, Big Ray - joined in 2012, having played the European blues scene & worked
as a session guitarist. His sound & feel has been likened to Walter Trout & Buddy Guy.
Bass guitar, Graeme Wheatley - plays bass & is the band’s main songwriter.
He has written for The Weinstein Company, New Atlantic Records, Blue Bishops & others.
Drums, Bill Austin - played for several years with legendary gypsy/folk band
Walking Wounded. He also sings.
Broadstairs Blues Bash Reviews 2013
Nigel Feist, Broadstairs Blues Bash "You guys were awesome,
had excellent feedback from the crowd, thanks for playing!"
Kevin Beale, Blues on the Marsh "3 bands stood out for me at BBF, one of
those was Little Devils. You guys rocked! The singer's voice is amazing.
The excellent new CD is on my show next week”
Landlady, The Wrotham Arms "definitely the best
of all the bands who played at The Wrotham – we loved the set!"
Sample of live reviews
Gloucester Blues Club, Bryn Williams, organiser "They were great”
Gloucester Blues Club, Sharelle "That was fantastic!!
Seriously I wish you could play the Brunswick EVERY week!
I defy anyone to not like what you just did"
John Plane "Real stylish show & great fun at Gloucester Blues Club & loving playing the albums!"
The Devils Kitchen Collective [NYE 2012] "one hell of a fabulous live band, fronted by one hallelujah of bluesy talented babe!"
Boogaloo Blues Weekend live performance review Hayling Island 2012
Blues in Britain “fresh from winning a place in the finals of Battle of the Blues & it was soon apparent why, as their refreshingly different approach soon filled the dance floor. With their young blues shouter, impressive original songs & rousing performance, this is a terrific band of whom I intend to discover more”
New Brunswick Battle of the Bands 2012 – finals – The Garage, London
Blues Matters “Little Devils take blues into new territories fusing elements of rock, jazz & soul. The main highlight was the extraordinary performance of lead singer, Yoka, who is a great story teller effectively evoking the harrowing themes inherent in some of their songs. Her vocal performance would prove to be the best of the evening”
Live review of Little Devils by Playmusic Magazine Awards - Voted Best Live Band 2011
Little Devils’ vast wealth of experience & skilful approach to entertaining crowds on the UK & Europe live circuit makes them deserving winners of BEST LIVE BAND 2011– Little Devils are bringing new things to the blues – touches of the Blockheads, Attractions, classic R&B & FUN - mixing into great original new blues songs”
Review of "About Time" 2013
100% Rock Magazine "serpentine riffs & snakey horns, sassy & slinky vocals with a jazzy edge, & a band as sharp as a cut throat razor"
Reviews of “Diamonds & Poison” 2012
Music-News “superb musicians with more variances & originality than 99% of bands on the scene today”
R2 Rock & Reel Magazine “exciting 5-piece with a fresh sound, incisive lyrics & songs with great hooks”
Hermitage FM “get possessed by the Little Devils, & you’ll need an exorcist to get them out of your head”
Review of “This is how it Starts…” 2010
Blues Matters “Little Devils - a relief from the predictability that pervades modern music. For once the lyrics are well worth a read. The crowning glory is vocalist Yoka, a charismatic performer - well worth catching live”