Bristol based band, Little Geneva, formed on the eve before 2019, brought together by a shared love and appreciation of the British blues boom of the mid-1960s.

Little Geneva was conceived during a conversation between the Doherty brothers, Dave and Chris. Having individually been stalwarts of the UK contemporary blues scene for over a decade, they felt a strong need to get back on stage together, as part of a truly great live band. Once the seed was sown, recruiting additional members was not a problem. Chris and Dave knew exactly who to ask.

Little Geneva consists of five extremely experienced and seasoned musicians/performers. Rags Russell, 32, (vocals/harmonica) fronts the youthful and energetic band with his extremely emotive and soulful vocal style. Rags brings a style of singing well appreciated by audiences all over the world. The rhythm section brings together Zak Ranyard, 27, (bass guitar) and Simon Small, 33, (drums). Zak and Simon deliver the high level of energy and power that always drives the band, even during the more dynamic phases of Little Geneva’s show. Chris, 32, and Dave Doherty, 36, are both gifted guitarists, holding players such as B.B King, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton in high regard.

As individuals, Little Geneva members have opened shows for Ray Davies (The Kinks), John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Mud Morganfield and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They have also shared festival bills with The Red Devils, Jimmie Vaughan, The Hoax, B.B King and many others.

It is the band’s deep respect for and knowledge of what made those early British blues recordings so energised, and exhilarating, coupled with the soulful spirit with which all members express themselves, that will make Little Geneva one of the new must-see bands of 2019.


Having already completed a live 5-track EP, (listen HERE) the band is set to record their first album at the beginning of March. They are looking for club and festival dates across Europe for 2019.

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Little Geneva is:
Rags Russell – Vocals/Harp
Chris Doherty – Guitar
David Doherty – Guitar
Zak Ranyard – Bass
Simon Small – Drums

Little Geneva’s first homecoming show will be on March 23rd at ‘The Cellar Bar’, Devizes. Get your tickets here

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