Marc and Ann Savoy playing at the Balfa Camp in 2009
|Born||October 1, 1940|
Near Eunice, Louisiana, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Accordion maker, accordionist|
|Associated acts||Savoy Family Band, Savoy Doucet Cajun Band,|
He was born on his grandfather's rice farm near Eunice, Louisiana. His grandfather was a fiddler, who occasionally played with the legendary Dennis McGee, who was once a tenant farmer on his grandfather's property. Marc Savoy began playing traditional music when he was 12 years old.
Savoy holds a degree in chemical engineering but his primary income is derived from his accordion-making business, based at his Savoy Music Center in Eunice. His wife is the singer and guitarist Ann Savoy, whom he met in 1975 and married in 1977. He has performed with Robert Bertrand, Dennis McGee, Rodney Balfa, Sady Courville, Dewey Balfa, D. L. Menard, and Michael Doucet, the latter of whom he plays with in the Savoy-Doucet Band. He also plays in the Savoy Family Band with his wife Ann and their sons Joel and Wilson.
He hosts regular jam sessions and mini-festivals at the Savoy Music Center.
Awards and honorsEdit
As Marc SavoyEdit
- 1976 : Under a Green Oak Tree (with Dewey Balfa and D.L. Menard) (Arhoolie Records)
- 1981 : Oh What a Night (Arhoolie)
- 1998 : Made in Louisiana (Voyager)
- 2003 : The Savoy Family Band Cajun Album (Arhoolie)
Savoy-Doucet Cajun BandEdit
- 1983 : Home Music (K7, Arhoolie)
- 1987 : With Spirits (K7, Arhoolie)
- 1989 : Two-Step d'Amede (Arhoolie)
- 1992 : Home Music with Spirits (Arhoolie)
- 1994 : Live! At the Dance (Arhoolie)
- 2002 : The Best of (Arhoolie)
Savoy-Smith Cajun BandEdit
- 1996 : Now and Then (Arhoolie)
- Berman, Leslie (January 2003). "Savoy fare: the *real* family values of Marc & Ann Savoy.(Sound Recording Review)". Sing Out!. 47 (3).
Marc Savoy (pronounced 'SAH-VWAH') turns back to his worn workbench covered with accordion parts and pauses to compose himself.
- "Marc Savoy: Cajun Accordion Maker/Musician". www.arts.gov. National Endowment for the Arts. n.d. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
- Nyhan, Pat; Rollins, Brian; Babb, David (1997). Let The Good Times Roll!: A Guide to Cajun & Zydeco Music. Portland, Maine: Upbeat Books. pp. 116–117. ISBN 9780965823203. OCLC 38128267.
- Govenar, Alan (2001). "Marc Savoy: Cajun Accordion Maker and Musician". Masters of Traditional Arts: A Biographical Dictionary. vol. 2 (K-Z). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio. pp. 546–548. ISBN 1576072401. OCLC 47644303.
- "NEA National Heritage Fellowships 1992". www.arts.gov. National Endowment for the Arts. Archived from the original on June 29, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
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