The Little Stevies are off to conquer Canada
Such was the case for the Return of The Little Stevies (you read about them here on their first visit) but, as luck would have it, good music drew people downstairs into the cavernous Drake to find out what they were missing, ending in a very decent-sized crowd.
On to the wilds of Sudbury for their three-day Northern Lights festival, the tiny 3-piece (with Chris Altman, an Aussie-Canadian drummer, sitting in) will be spending their winter enjoying our summer as the take in much of the country spreading their joyful, alt-pop sound in the hopes of earning more fans.
This they quickly do, as it takes no more than a song to fall in love with charming sisters Bethany and Sibylla Stephen (hence, Little Stevies – Lord knows what happens to the name when they make it big) and their gorgeous vocals. The third ‘Stevie’ is Robin Geradts-Gill whose bass holds down the fort and he trades lead vocals on a few songs while supplying a hearty third of the LS’s harmony blend.
Together, theirs is a typically quirky brand of alt-pop with elements of folk in their choice of instruments and in their rootsy approach. Live, in Canada, their sound is relatively stripped down, minus the little flourishes of piano, B3, and intricate touches of their LA-produced third album, Attention Shoppers.
Yet the compositions come off beautifully in their somewhat stripped down form and classics like the vocally powerful “Sunshower” from their last album and the downright perky “The Day We Went Away” from the most recent, had the audience fully focused in no time.
Their between-song banter, although severely jet-lagged, is proving to also be a strong part of their show as the three lead players speak freely and rather intimately about whatever happens to be on their mind. One feels like you’re getting to know them on a level of friendship, odd as that sounds.
“Feel It” and “Accidentally” are two other highlight compositions that sound better and better with repeated listenings. Anyway, the band is here and they’re off to conquer Canada and I hope they will.
The Little Stevies offer, as a band, all the ingredients – great music, hooks, vocals to die for and harmonies for days, plus – best of all – a fresh look at music and at the world through the eyes of talented performers who are really no different than you or me. Endearingly so.
Yank out those social calendars and see where you might get a chance to see and hear for yourself…..
July 14 Merlin’s Sun Theatre Victoria, BC
July 15 Joe’s Garage Courtenay, BC
July 16 Songbird Collective Festival Tofino, BC
July 18 The Art We Are (with Dana Marie) Kamloops, BC
July 19 The Railway Club Vancouver, BC
July 21 Tree’s Coffee House Vancouver, BC
July 22 Minstrel Cafe and Bar Kelowna, BC
July 23 Streaming Cafe Kelowna, BC
July 25 23 Main St Cafe Moose Jaw, SK
July 28 Gas Station Theatre (supporting Low Flying Planes) Winnipeg, MB
July 29- 31 Fire & Water Festival Lac du Bonet, MB
August 3 Townhouse Sudbury, ON
August 5 Renee’s Cafe South River, ON
August 6 The Blacksheep Inn Wakefield, ON
August 7 House Concert Orillia, ON
August 9 The Drake Hotel (supporting Samantha Martin) Toronto, ON
August 12 Moonshine Oakville, ON
August 13 Burritoville Montreal, QC
August 14 Castro’s Lounge Toronto, ON
August 18 Bohemian Cafe Bracebridge, ON
August 19-21 Summerfolk Festival Owen Sound, ON
August 24 Hugh’s Room (supporting Lorne Elliot) Toronto, ON
August 25 The Spill Peterborough, ON
August 27-28 Ottawa Festival Ottawa, ON
Photography: E. Thom