Joel Savoy

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Joel Savoy
Savoy (red and yellow costume) playing at the grave of Dennis McGee, at the 2009 Faquetigue Courir
Background information
Origin Eunice, Louisiana, United States
Genres Folk, Cajun
Occupation(s) Musician, accordion builder, cofounder of Valcour Records
Instruments Fiddle
Associated acts Savoy Family Band, Red Stick Ramblers, Ann Savoy and her Sleepless Knights,

Joel Savoy (born in Eunice, Louisiana, USA) is a Cajun musician and music producer from Southwest Louisiana. His father Marc Savoy, famous accordion builder and musician, and his mother, Ann Savoy, author and music producer,[1] are well known ambassadors and supporters of preserving the Cajun culture.


Joel Savoy was born in Eunice. In 1995 many of his childhood experiences with the traditional Cajun Courir de Mardi Gras were included in the book Mardi Gras: a Cajun country celebration written by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and Lawrence Migdale.[2] He is a member of the Savoy Family Band along with of his father Marc, mother Ann, and brother Wilson Savoy. 1999 he co-founded the Red Stick Ramblers from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2006 he started the annual Faquetaigue Courir de Mardi Gras as an alternative to the main Eunice courir event. The run has become one of the most musically based versions of the traditional event.[3][4] Also in 2006 he founded Valcour Records, an independent record label based in Eunice, Louisiana, with friends Phillip LaFargue II and Lucius Fontenot.[5] Valcour Records' first release in 2006 was Goin' Down to Louisiana, by fiddle player Cedric Watson and accordionist Corey Ledet.[6] During the 2007 Cajun French Music Association's Le Cajun ceremony at Lafayettes Blackham Coliseum, Savoy was awarded the “2007 Fiddler of the Year” award.[7] In 2008 he played on, recorded and produced his mothers album If Dreams Come True at his Studio Savoy Faire. His brother Wilson and several members of the Red Stick Ramblers also played on the album of Django Reinhardt-style blues and jazz standards as "Ann Savoy and her Sleepless Knights".[8]

Discography (partial)[edit]

With others[edit]

  • Allons Boire un Coup: A Collection of Cajun and Creole Drinking Songs Various artists (2006) Valcour Records
  • If Dreams Come True Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights (2007) Memphis Records

See also[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (2007). New York Times "Cajun Sound, Rock 'n' Roll Energy" Check |url= value (help). The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane; Migdale, Lawrence (September 1995). Mardi Gras: a Cajun country celebration. Holiday House. pp. 11–15. ISBN 978-0-8234-1184-9. 
  3. ^ "Party Girl". The Independent Weekly. 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ Romer, Megan. "Traditional Cajun Mardi Gras Musician Pictures". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  5. ^ Munn, Charlie. "Valcour Records". Blues in London. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Goin Down to Louisiana". Archived from the original on 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Joel Savoy wins Fiddler of the Year Award". Archived from the original on 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  8. ^ Wirt, John (2008-09-05). "Savoy a key component of La. music". 2TheAdvocate. Louisiana Broadcasting LLC and Capital City Press LLC. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 

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