"Musically, they surely ain’t no stuffy preservationists; whether a bitter lament or an earthy hard-driving breakdown, with Marc’s squeezebox, Ann’s guitar, and their highly capable sons Joel and Wilson on fiddle and keyboards, the Savoys cover the Cajun spectrum with a dazzling mixture of spiritual joy and virtuoso voltage." -Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA
The EXPERIENCE LOUISIANA FESTIVAL is excited to announce that Eunice's own SAVOY FAMILY CAJUN BAND has been booked for the 2017 festival!
The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. Though the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life intensity in their hands, the Savoy Family Cajun band doesn’t play from a studied angle. The musicians in the band, Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson, each hold their own as strong individual group members, making up a tight, intense sound.
Marc and Ann, as the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, have been performing and recording together since 1977, recording five CDs on the Arhoolie label. They have traveled all over the world, appearing in all the most prestigious venues, such as the Newport Folk Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Festival at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Concert Series, even the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England, to name a few. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles featured the Savoy Family Band in a special concert presentation. Ann and son Joel recently appeared in the film “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood” and they perform three songs on the Warner Brothers Soundtrack. The Savoy Family Band performed at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Ann is the associate music producer of the film “All The King’s Men” (Sony Pictures) and her sons Joel and Wilson appear with Sean Penn as musicians in the film. Ann’s most well known project is a two time Grammy nominated CD with Linda Ronstadt, on which the friends appear as the Zozo Sisters and do many types of regional acoustic music.
Marc Savoy has been rewarded the highest honor in the country for traditional artists, the honorable National Heritage Fellowship Award. Marc and Ann appeared on the PBS series “American Roots”, and Ann wrote the chapter on Cajun music in the book that accompanied the series, which was published by Rolling Stone Press. Ann was awarded the Botkin Book Award for her definitive book on the history of Cajun and Zydeco music, Cajun Music A Reflection of a People.
The Savoy Family Cajun Band is a multi generational powerhouse approach to Cajun music. In fact, the band loves seeing how much power and sound they can get out of four instruments. Sometimes the group demonstrates the way Cajun music has evolved by demonstrating the early double fiddle - triangle sound or the solo accordion - fiddle sound. Early French ballads are added to the program to show other historic elements prevalent in early southwest Louisiana.
Between the songs Ann often briefly translates poetry of the Cajun French songs so that the feeling can be better understood. Their repertoire is chosen carefully, popular dancehall tunes interspersed with soulful ballads, fiddle or vocal duets, or blues. The songs show the spectrum of Cajun life from sorrow and lost love to nonsense and the joy of dance. The Savoy Family Cajun Band brings the raw energy of the dancehalls of southwest Louisiana to the stage, peppered with humorous and informative anecdotes about life on the Louisiana prairies.