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Music Inside Out: Ann Savoy

Music Inside Out: Ann Savoy
Music Inside Out: Ann Savoy

Ann Savoy is a lot of things: a musician, scholar, ethnomusicologist, mother, and world traveler. One thing she’s not is boring.

Savoy took the scenic route to South Louisiana from Virginia… by way of Paris. But since the mid-1970s she’s made herself right at home, marrying musician and accordion-maker, Marc Savoy. Nowadays, she’s usually singing and playing a variety of instruments with friends and family, including the Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, the Savoy Family Band, the Magnolia SistersAnn Savoy and Her Sleepless Knights, and more.

Besides traditional Cajun music, Savoy is also drawn to the songs of Billie Holiday, Blue Lu Barker and Ruth Brown. Savoy’s range makes her a welcome performer around the world.

Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of Nieman and Watson Fellowships, and as a longtime student of music from around the world.