Ann Savoy

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Ann Savoy
Ann Savoy performing at the Liberty Theater, Eunice, Louisiana, Nov. 17, 2012.
Ann Savoy performing at the Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana, November 2012
Background information
Birth name Ann Allen
Born (1952-01-20) January 20, 1952 (age 65)
Origin Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Cajun, folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle
Years active 1980–present
Labels Vanguard, Arhoolie, Rounder, Memphis
Associated acts Savoy Family Band, Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, The Magnolia Sisters
The Zozo Sisters (with Linda Ronstadt) (2002 & 2006)

Ann Savoy (/sɑːˈvwɑː/; born Ann Allen on January 20, 1952)[1][2][3] is a musician, author, and record producer.


Savoy was raised in Richmond, Virginia. She resides with her husband Marc Savoy and family in Eunice, Southern Louisiana.[4]

As a musician, she performs with her husband accordionist Marc Savoy and fiddler Michael Doucet in the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band. She also has an all-woman band The Magnolia Sisters. She also performs with husband Marc and their sons, Joel and Wilson, in the Savoy Family Band. Most recently, she has put together a Django Reinhardt-style swing band called Ann Savoy and her Sleepless Knights.[4]

Savoy appeared as a musician in the film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and was the associate music director of the film All The King's Men, working on this project with T Bone Burnett. She has appeared in many documentaries on the subject of Cajun music including a Les Blank film, entitled Marc and Ann.

As a record producer she produced, among others, the Grammy Award nominated tribute to Cajun music, Evangeline Made: A Tribute to Cajun Music, featuring singers Linda Ronstadt, John Fogerty, Nick Lowe, herself, and other noted musicians.[4]

She is the author of Cajun Music, A Reflection of a People, which chronicles the history of Cajun and Zydeco music.

She has recorded a number of albums. As The Zozo Sisters she recorded the Grammy Award-nominated album Adieu False Heart - a Billboard-charting CD with Linda Ronstadt. Adieu False Heart is notable for being Savoy's first time recording in English.[5]


Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights[edit]

With Savoy Doucet Cajun Band[edit]

  • Home Music with Spirits (1981) Arhoolie Records
  • Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band (1984) Arhoolie Records
  • With Spirits (1987) Arhoolie Records
  • J'ai Ete au Bal: I Went to the Dance various artists (1989) Arhoolie Records
  • J'ai Ete au Bal: I Went to the Dance video (DVD); various artists (1989) Arhoolie Records
  • Two Step D'Amadé (1993) Arhoolie Records
  • Les Harias: Home Music (1993) Arhoolie Records
  • Live! (1994) Arhoolie Records
  • Cajun Country video (DVD); various artists (1995) Shanachie
  • Aly Meets The Cajuns video (DVD); Aly Bain and others (1998) Whirlie Records
  • Sam's Big Rooster (2000) Arhoolie Records
  • Best of the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band (2002) Arhoolie Records

Magnolia Sisters[edit]

  • Prends Courage (1995) Arhoolie Records
  • Chers Amis (2000) Rounder Records
  • Après Faire Le Boogie Woogie (2004) Rounder
  • Stripped Down (2009) Arhoolie Records

Savoy Family Band[edit]

With others[edit]


  1. ^ "Ann Savoy". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  2. ^ Harris, Craig. "Ann Savoy biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  3. ^ Wise, Naomi (2008-06-18). "Dixie-Fried". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  4. ^ a b c Wirt, John (September 5, 2008). "Savoy a key component of La. music". 2TheAdvocate. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Independent Weekly". Songbird Sisters, South Louisiana’s Ann Savoy teams up with pop icon Linda Ronstadt for their new CD, Adieu False Heart, By Joshua Clegg Caffery,7/26/2006. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2007. 

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