Bayou Teche Dispatches is a collection of my writings about south Louisiana history and culture. Often it consists of material I could not use in my books for one reason or another, but which I nonetheless found fascinating. I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I enjoyed researching and writing them. Source
Former Richmonder Ann Savoy publishes her second major work about Cajun, Creole and zydeco music.
After Ann Allen heard Cajun music, her love for the French language entwined with a passion for the traditional music of southwestern Louisiana. That dual fascination bloomed further during the Richmonder’s trip to the 1976 National Folk Festival at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Meeting a group of Cajun musicians there playing under a tree, she found all of them intriguing, but noticed the handsome accordion player most of all. He noticed the radiant young woman from Richmond, too.
A year later, Allen married Marc Savoy at a fall foliage-draped wedding in her mother’s West End backyard. After the ceremony, they drove her blue VW Beetle to Eunice, his Louisiana hometown, and made a home together in the Cajun heartland. The musically prolific life Ann Allen Savoy has lived since includes performances throughout the world, many recordings and four Grammy nominations.
Another Savoy, here in France