Artistic Director Joel Savoy

Beginning in 2017, Joel Savoy is the Artistic Director for Fiddle Tunes at Centrum.

Son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann, Joel Savoy is best described as an instigator. He has been at the forefront of the Louisiana music revival of the last 20 years and as a result he has become a highly visible figure in the American roots music community, placing him onstage alongside folks like John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett.

The founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a ten-time GRAMMY nominee, as well as a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award. Having grown up literally at the feet of the Cajun greats, he represents his culture with an authority that few people his age can and his playing leaves no doubt that Cajun music is still very much alive. He has worked with some of the best in Southwest Louisiana, though most often he’s seen with his brother Wilson and their parents in the Savoy Family Cajun Band or with the legendary Cajun powerhouse Jesse Lége.

He has also appeared on the big screen in “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “All the King’s Men,” HBO’s Tremé and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.

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