Little Bear

Little Bear

 Derry, N Ireland, GBR

Close harmonies, angular rhythms and potent hooks from this Derry-based collective


Little Bear are a four piece band from Northern Ireland playing emotionally literate rock, and are made up of Steven McCool (Bass and vocals), Mark O'Doherty (Drums), Ryan Griffiths (Guitar), and Conor Mason (Piano).

After releasing "I'd Let You Win", a preview to their debut E.P, Little Bear received some fantastic reviews - Including both "Flavour of the Month" and "Ones to Watch" from BBC introducing. 

Some extremely well-received live shows followed, including an appearance at Dublin's Hard Working Class Heroes festival and the Derry juncture of Other Voices. Soon after, the band was asked to play at the first Other Voices event in Londons timeless Wiltons Music Hall, along with acts like Villagers, John Grant and Imelda May. The summer has been filled with festivals, including the last Glasgowbury, Indiependence, Castlepalooza, Stendhal and finished the festival season on a high playing Electric Picnic.

Little Bear have seen tracks playlisted on BBC Radio 1, Rte 1, Downtown and City Beat.

The band have just released their first single with Smalltown America records, a double A-side of Night Dries Like Ink and Killer. 

"Excellent" - Caspar Llewellyn Smith (The Guardian)

"poignant lyrics, beautiful songs a band worth falling in love with" Rigsy (BBC Across The Line)

"I'd Let You Win is one of the most beguiling tunes we've heard in quite some time" - Jim Carroll (Irish Times)