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About The Emigrants

The Emigrants were founded on the banks of Lake Geneva in the summer of 2011 when percussionist Yvette Issar overheard mandolinist/vocalist John Lawlor singing Irish ballads at a lakeside picnic with some friends and spontaneously proposed that the two form a musical duo.

After a few quiet acoustic gigs as “Yvette and John” somewhere along the way the two bumped into vocalist Cian O’Luanaigh and vocalist/percussionist Des Loughrey-Grant, and by the end of that summer, “The Emigrants” were born.

From those humble beginnings, the band has grown to become one of Geneva’s best-loved live acts, packing out the pubs with high-energy folk tunes that make people sing, dance and smile.

Book The Emigrants for a festival, pub, or event

The Emigrants play music that makes people dance, sing and have a good time. They have a proven track record in packing out pubs and boosting trade. The Emigrants are available for pub gigs, festivals and private functions. For further information, please e-mail booking@emigrants.ch.