Little Devils – 21st Century Blues - new shoots from old roots
Little Devils formed in 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.
Last year they played over 100 gigs in the UK & Europe (including playing with Matt Schofield, Alabama 3 & The Pogues amongst others). 2013 was kick started at Broadstairs Blues Bash in February & the Boogaloo Weekender at Alvaston Hall in March, with a host of gigs lined up in the UK & Europe.
Sample of live reviews
Barrow in Furness R&B Club, Joyce "Fantastic band, so many saying they were the best band here for a very long time. Venue packed!" (April 2013)
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)
Blues Café, Apeldoorn, Holland "Yep the night was awesome!!"
Cafe la Porte, Meppel, Holland "Fantastic blues, super voice, saxophone, guitar, the whole band!! I’m thinking I see tears at 02.40 - this means it’s REAL BLUES – the best kind"
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 with the audience"
Harry Simpson, Saltburn Blues Club “Brilliant gig at Redcar Blues Club, looking forward to Little Devils at Saltburn"
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!!"
Keighley Blues Club, Dave Knowle-Park "What a great night to finish the season. Little Devils! What can I say, musically brilliant, entertaining, absolutely fantastic"
Keighley Blues Club, Cliff Allerton "A very accomplished & original band. Yoka the singer was terrific & versatile... what with superb vocals & flute & sax playing as well"
Nigel Feist, Broadstairs Blues Bash "You guys were awesome, 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”
Gloucester Blues Club "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”
Reviews of “Diamonds & Poison” 2012
100% Rock Magazine "serpentine riffs & snakey horns, sassy & slinky vocals with a jazzy edge, & a band as sharp as a cut throat razor"
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”
Little Devils are:
The vocalist, Yoka - likened to Dana Fuchs, Skunk Anansie & Adele a powerful voice and great stage presence. She 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.
Sax & blues harp, Mick Paice - legendary sax/harp maestro Mick Paice was special guest of the band on the EP "About Time". Mick has worked with Jools Holland, The Blues Band, Dana Gillespie & many more big names.
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, Sara Leigh Shaw - Sara is the newest Devil, she's played with Ebony Bones around the world and is a sought after session drummer.