Little Devils are:
Vocalist, Yoka - likened to Dana Fuchs, Skunk Anansie & Adele, a powerful voice & great stage presence - Yoka was also a finalist in 2014 British Blues Awards for her sax and flute playing.
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 & occasionally growls. As a songwriter, he has written for The Weinstein Company, New Atlantic Records, Blue Bishops & others.
Drums, Sara - the amazing Pintsized Powerhouse is the newest Little Devil, she's played around the world and is a sought after session drummer.
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 Americana, 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 everything - great vocals, emotion, smooth, wild, everything simply comes together so well on this song!”
In February 2014, Little Devils’ track WALKING DISASTER was featured on the Paul Jones Radio 2 Blues Show who said "it’s really good, I promise you..!"
The band recently signed to Robmont Music Promotions & Bullfrog Booking Agency. 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
Great time at Norwich and Doncaster Blues Festivals - and Yoka met back up with Thijs Van Leer - here's the piccy!
Music Riot's best 5 gigs of the year includes - Little Devils at The 100 Club - Allan McKay
It’s blues Jim, but not as we know it; Little Devils are fronted by singer and multi-instrumentalist (sax and flute), Yoka. The rhythm section of Graeme Wheatley and Sara Leigh Shaw (aka the Pintsized Powerhouse) built a solid base for Big Ray’s guitar and Yoka’s vocals and instrumental solos. The quality of the playing alone would put this gig up there with the best this year but this is also great fun; the band obviously enjoy themselves and the audience will always pick up on that. Great performances and big smiles all around the room; that’s a pretty good combination for a great night.
The Hope Tavern, Market Rasen - "What a great gig at the Hope yesterday, I didn't think you'd top your first visit - but you did, at this rate, next May will be off the Richter Scale!" Neil Spencer
Carlise Blues Festival - "Little Devils - a great blues combo from London, fronted by the amazing Yoka on raunchy vocals, super flute and great saxophone. It was nice to see them on a 'full on' stage performance, giving blues a fresh edge with hints of rock and funk - a confident and well-put-together performance" - Rosy Greer, Lancashire Blues Archive
Cropredy Festival - "A fantastic afternoon's entertainment". Paul Clare
Maryport Blues Festival - "Fronted by a brilliant vocalist & musician, Yoka with some excellent sax playing. She has been nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year in the British Blues Awards 2014. They are described as "21st Century Blues - new shoots from old roots" & was glad to catch them live 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 was awesome!" Jerry Da Costa, Robmont Promotions
"Freaking amazing, looking forward to seeing you again" Claudia Frei
Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Jan 2014 "best performance of the whole Rock & Blues weekend last night. First time seeing you & absolutely loved it" Keith Smith
"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
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 excellent. If she also played flute, she’d be amazing. If she also played sax, she’d be astonishing. 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!”
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