FestivaLink.net presents The Savoy Family Cajun Band at Rhythm & Roots Festival, RI 9/2/06
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 a 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 of American Fiddle Tunes at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Concert Series, even the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England, to name a few. The nation has rewarded them for their authenticity and expertise by taking them on numerous state department tours, featuring them in national festivals, awarding Marc Savoy the highest honor in the country for traditional artists, the honorable National Heritage Fellowship Award. The couple recently 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 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. Ann was awarded the Botkin Book Award for her definitive book on the history of Cajun music.
Marc Savoy (accordion, vocals)
Ann Savoy (guitar, vocals)
Joel Savoy (fiddle, vocals)
Wilson Savoy (keyboards, vocals)
Steve Riley (drums)
Related FestivaLink.net sets:
Savoy Family Cajun Band at Rhythm & Roots 9/3/06
Related FestivaLink.net collections:
Rhythm & Roots
For more info:
Savoy Music Center
Photos: © 2006 Debi Friedlander. Used by permission (www.friedlander2.com).