Date:   10/31/2014

Kick-up-your heels fun with a lively Cajun musical dynasty, the Savoy Family Band

In the Savoy Family Band's hands, the old Cajun tunes have been revived and returned to new life. Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson are strong individual musicians working together to create a tight, intense sound. They'll be performing their traditional Cajun music on Halloween night, Friday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m.  Thrasher will be supplying a dance area so for those who are so inclined - get out your dancing shoes and get ready to kick up your heels and enjoy!

Playing the accordion has always been a natural part of Marc Savoy's life from the dancehall to the home and the musicians with whom he has played Cajun music read like a who’s who of the finest in Cajun music.  He's appeared as a musician in Walter Hill’s film Southern Comfort under the musical direction of Ry Cooder. In 1982 he was awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Marc recently appeared in the PBS documentary, American Roots Series

Ann Allen Savoy is a musician, photographer, record producer, and writer.  After her marriage to Marc she began documenting the Cajun culture, taking photographs, interviewing important musicians, and transcribing the Cajun French songs. Her documentation ultimately became a book, Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People Volume 1, which won the prestigious Botkin book award from the American Folklore Society.

In addition to touring extensively with her Family Band and with husband and Michael Doucet as the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, she and friend Jane Vidrine also formed the Grammy nominated Magnolia Sisters, and all women band exploring the womanly side of Cajun music. She's recorded fifteen CDs and appeared in the film "The Divine secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”, with some of her songs appearing on the Sony soundtrack of the movie.

Joel Savoy, son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann, is one of the most requested fiddlers in SW Louisiana today. Growing up, literally at the feet of Cajun heroes like Dennis McGee, Dewey Balfa, Michael Doucet, and Wade Frugé (to name a few) Joel developed a strong sense of what makes Cajun Cajun and as a result, he has developed a fiddle style that is at once authentic and on the cutting edge. In 2006 Joel founded Valcour Records which has since developed into what many believe to be the number one music source for what’s happening with the youth of Acadiana today.

Wilson Savoy, the youngest son of Marc and Ann, began playing boogie-woogie and blues piano, inspired by Louisiana-native, Jerry Lee Lewis, at the age of 10, and took up the accordion after graduating from high school. He and brother, Joel, appear as musicians in a scene with Sean Penn in the Sony picture, "All The King’s Men”.  Besides being a musician on fiddle, accordion, piano, bass, and guitar, he is an avid filmmaker, and has produced films of many of the finest bands in SW Louisiana. (www.almenafilms.com) When he isn’t making and producing music videos and short biographies he is traveling with his three time Grammy nominated dynamic young band, the Pine Leaf Boys. Check him out on episode eleven of the HBO show, Treme.

"Intricate, mellow, more accessible-than-usual Cajun music from this lively musical dynasty...some of the best American folk music out there!" —Recommended Records

This performance is supported in part by a grant from grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Accommodations provided by the Heidel House Resort and Spa.

 Tickets for the Savoy Cajun Family Band are $20 and are available at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake), Pick N' Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon), Twister (Princeton), or by calling (920)-294-4279. Tickets are also available online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

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