Little Devils – 21st Century Blues - new shoots from old roots
Founding members, Yoka (vocals, sax & flute) & Graeme Wheatley (songwriter, bass & occasional vocals) started Little Devils 2010. They have produced three CDs, were voted Best Live Band in 2011 & were finalists in the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2012. Their sound has been described as an eclectic mix of R&B, Dylanesque rock & blues.
2013 saw Little Devils signing to Proper Records, plus their song DEEP INSIDE was selected as 1st track on Kross Border Rekords compilation 'The Best of British Blues' which was voted No. 1 album by the IAAB in January 2014. Alan Pearce of Blues Matters commented “hell it has great vocals, emotion, smooth, wild, everything simply comes together so well on this song!”
Little Devils were also voted Best New Band runners up in Blues Matters Writers Poll and have recently signed to Robmont Music Promotions. 2014 opened with the Gt British Rock & Blues Festival.
In February, Little Devils’ track WALKING DISASTER was featured on the Paul Jones Radio 2 Blues Show who, commenting on the video for the song, said "it’s really good, I promise you..!"
Having performed in both the UK and Europe, their fan base has greatly increased and live performances continue to receive rave reviews – a small selection is given below, click here for full reviews.
Sample of live reviews & blogs
Cropredy Festival - "A fantastic afternoon's entertainment". Paul Clare
Maryport Blues Festival - "Little Devils. Fantastic blues, fronted by a brilliant vocalist and musician, Yoka with some excellent sax playing. She has been nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2014. They are decribed as "21st Century Blues - new shoots from old roots!" and I was glad to catch a live performance, having listened to their excellent EP, 'About Time'." Rosy Greer, Lancashire Blues Archive
The Maltings, Farnham - "featuring Yoka on powerhouse vocals and the fiery taut guitar of Big Ray, they played songs that captured the human condition - happy, sad, lost and found including the heart rending "Deep Inside" and a new song, the emotionally torn "My Perfect You", a song I already consider to be a defining statement." Terry Parker, Blues Matters
100 Club, London "great gig - the band were awesome!" Jerry Da Costa, Robmont Promotions
"Fantastic gig - by far the band of the night" Terry Parker
"Freaking amazing, looking forward to seeing you again" Claudia Frei
Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Jan 2014 "best performance of the whole Rock and Blues weekend last night. First time seeing you and absolutely loved it. Thanks" Keith Smith
"Blown away by your set! Looking forward to playing your CDs later. Hope to see you again" Christine Kershaw
"All our gang agreed you were one of the best bands there. Hope to catch you again soon." Val Greaves
"You played a brilliant set, loving your music" Liz Aitken, BluesDoodles
"If you are not familiar with this band, I implore you, go check them out, they will not disappoint" Clive Rawlings, Blues Matters
"Great set, really enjoyed it." Steve Yourglivitch, Blues Matters
“Blown away by your set, hope you come to Colne Blues Festival and blow them away!” Lee Marsh
Cafe BP, Antwerp, Paul Syniawsky "This isn’t a band that relies on standards and predictable formats. If Yoka was just the vocalist she'd be good. If she also played flute, she’d be very good. If she also played sax, she’d be brilliant. She does all of these things. And then there’s Big Ray on guitar, when he lets rip and believe me he lets rip, it wasn't the clichés and the SRV impersonations, this was true blues!"
Blues @ The Bay, John Proudlock "Not so much a breath of fresh air, more a blast of pure ozone. This band has the energy and commitment associated with a Springsteen gig."
Saltburn Blues Club, Liz Ayres “A band with real presence, brimming with talent, energy & sheer performance knowhow. Lead singer/saxophonist/flautist, Yoka, had the audience rapt. ‘Black Diamond’ did what the Blues does best – draw you in and under, co-written by bassist, Graeme Wheatley. There were no glasses clinking or background murmurings during this number, just a room mesmerised by talented musicians and the story they were telling.
Little Devils want to draw attention to the challenges of 21st Century living but they want to have fun too. They play a thought-provoking track such as ‘Orphans of The Storm’ but then in the next breath, become a total party animal, making the place rock to the fabulous ‘Head in the Clouds’, ‘Good Times’, ‘Rock n Roll Shoes’ to name just three. Then there’s the truly sublime ‘Deep Inside’ - Yoka’s vocal range is magnificent. It’s little wonder that brand new label, Kross Border Rekords, has chosen ‘Deep Inside’ as the very first track on their first cd, ‘The Best of British Blues Kompilation Vol 1’. Fantastic!”
Barrow in Furness R&B Club, Ian MacDonald "Little Devils made their club debut in April & blew in like a breath of fresh air. We have a number of top bands appearing at the club over the year, but this one took me by surprise. I, like many others, found this probably the most enjoyable gig of 2013 so far. Most of us have been looking forward to this 2nd gig for six months & it can truly be termed a gig not to be missed" (Nov 2013)
Promotor of The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks "True blues fans at The Stag really appreciated the band. I thought they were absolutely brilliant & did so well in engaging the audience"
Antoine Legat - www.rootstime.be “To fill the end of a concert season is a less straight forward task than you would think. Bands a plenty but for a club which has been going strong for almost half a century, you want something more... Little Devils provided just that! Little Devils have only been around since 2010 but are already doing well in the new crop of British blues bands from Hokie Joint to BabaJack. Yoka with the graceful smile, charm, finesse & pure power had the audience eating out of her hand Little Devils claim they play ’1st Century Blues which is exactly what they do. These Devils have no problems qualifying for the Blues World Championships!!"
Reviews of "About Time" 2014
Reviews of “Diamonds & Poison” 2012
Review of “This is how it Starts…” 2010
Little Devils are:
The vocalist, Yoka - likened to Dana Fuchs, Skunk Anansie & Adele a powerful voice & great stage presence - also plays sax & flute.
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 - plays bass & is the band’s main songwriter. He has written for The Weinstein Company, New Atlantic Records, Blue Bishops & others.
Drums, Sara - Sara is the newest Devil, she's played around the world and is a sought after session drummer.