Wilson Savoy

Cajun accordion, piano & vocals, Grammy Winner 2012 for Best Regional Roots, has played accordion for most of his life, having been given as a child a hand-built accordion by his renown father, Marc Savoy. The accordion was built from the wood of a sassafras tree that was planted by Wilson’s grandfather. It was not until Wilson moved to Baton Rouge to study at the University where he became completely addicted to playing and progressing on the accordion, inspired by the styles of his heroes, Iry Lejeune, Amede Ardoin and naturally his father, Marc Savoy. The piano was his first musical love, having begun boogie-woogie styles at the age of 10, inspired by the music of Louisiana wild man, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Wilson has taught Cajun Music Ensemble at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 3 years, and continues to teach one-on-one lessons through the University, all through the Tommy Comeaux Endowment. Wilson was awarded the key to the city of Lafayette in April 2013 by Mayor Joey Durel.

Wilson has appeared on HBO’s “Treme” playing the role of himself in three episodes, as well as the film “All the King’s Men” with Sean Penn and John Goodman. Wilson continues to travel with the Pine Leaf Boys, as well as the Savoy Family Band (mom, dad, and brother Joel), as well as his Grammy award-winning group, “Courtbouillon.”

Performance Times:

Saturday 10.00 – 12.00 pm Main Hall
Sunday 1:30 – 3:00 pm Back Porch Stage

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