The Earlville Opera House main stage presents the fiery, soulful Cajun music of Jesse Lege and Joel Savoy on Friday, July 19 at 8 pm. The penetrating soulful singing of Jesse Lege and his fiery accordion is matched by the poetry of Joel Savoy’s fiddling. They are a combustible combination. Kelli Jones-Savoy joins them with equally compelling vocals, fiddle and guitar.
Fiddler Joel Savoy has been a driving force in the Cajun renaissance of the new millennium. Founder of the multi-GRAMMY-nominated label Valcour Records and the acclaimed Red Stick Ramblers, Savoy is equally at home playing the old twin-fiddling of Cajun masters like Dennis McGee, as he is playing swing or honky tonk.
Kelli Jones-Savoy is the lovely and highly talented wife of Joel Savoy and daughter of Carl Jones. She combines old time and Cajun fiddle with extensive touring, dancing, singing and teaching experience.
Jesse Lége is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists from Southwest Louisiana. Beginning with Cajun accordion at age 16, Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music for over 35 years. He has garnered numerous Cajun French Music Association awards, known as the “Cajun Grammys”: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and for “Memoires Dans Mon Coeur,” Song of the Year. He was recently inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, and he’s written songs that have become standards in the traditional repertoire.
“Jessie sings in the traditional high pitched, emotional style reminiscent of the late Iry LeJeune and plays the accordion with equal power and conviction..” -Arhoolie Records
“Lége’s soaring voice resonates with … piercing, yet beautiful heartache . . . [he] possesses one of the truly great voices in contemporary Cajun music. Listeners who do not experience frissons hearing him sing …had better check their pulse.” -LSUE Office of Public Relations
Jesse Lege and Joel Savoy have partnered on a number of projects including Cajun Country Revival “putting the Country back in Cajun music.” In their debut release, Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy & The Cajun Country Revival dug into the deep roots of Cajun music, looking not only for beautiful, rare songs, but also for a commonality between the rural dance halls of Louisiana and the honky-tonks of East Texas. As Cajuns poured out of the South in the 1930s and 40s looking for work on Gulf Coast oil rigs, Texas honky-tonk became a newfound passion. It’s no coincidence that Hank Williams’ mega-hit “Jambalaya” was based on the Cajun song “Grand Texas,” a sad ballad about leaving a loved one to go to Texas. Led by elder Cajun musician, Jesse Lege, the Cajun Country Revival also features Cajun fiddle wunderkind Joel Savoy…”
The first release of the project The Right Combination drew this review: “…these tracks are a reminder of what a powerhouse performer Lége really is, not only in his barreling rides but also in his emotive, gut-wrenching vocals (“Debut Dans La Porte”). He’s a throwback to an era that has long since vanished and probably is the ultimate deciding factor of why this Cajun-country concept works so well. For Cajun and old-time country music aficionados alike, The Right Combination is an instant underground classic.” Driftwood Magazine on WordPress
Savoy has a new project this spring with Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round …”Musically compelling from first note to last, Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round is a swinging, upbeat confection that reminds us we can pay our respects to time-honored American roots music while also having one heckuva lot of fun.” Offbeat.com
Don’t miss the red-hot Cajun experience of Jesse Lege and Joel Savoy playing at the Earlville Opera House on Friday, July 19th. General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13. Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.
During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
More about these artists
http://www.jesseandjoel.com/JesseandJoel/Home.html artist website
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAR3PXDTzUA in the Cajun Country Revival features Jesse on accordion and vocals and Joel on fiddle