Liner Notes


VRCD 325

MARC SAVOY - Accordion. DEWEY BALFA - Fiddle. D. L. MENARD - Guitar

Marc Savoy from Eunice, Louisiana has played the accordion since he was twelve years old. He builds his own "Acadian" brand accordions, which are sold throughout the U.S., Canada, and France, and are prized for their responsiveness, volume, and careful craftsmanship. Marc is joined on this recording by his good friends the late Dewey Balfa, renowned traditional fiddle player, and D. L. Menard, one of Louisiana's finest backup guitarists and songwriters.

Recorded at Eunice, Louisiana, March 1976 by John Watt, assisted by Michéle DeLaurenti. Mixdown and digital remastering by Phil Williams. Liner notes and photo by Ann Savoy. Cover design by Virginia Hand.


1. Eunice One-Step (3:12) - Marc learned this song as a boy from an old black man named Joya Guidry who was a relative of the late Amédée Ardoin, the most famous early accordion player.

2. Tolan Waltz (1:54) - Tolan McCullough was a popular blacksmith, rice mill operator and saloon owner in Eunice. Chuck Guillory and Jimmy Newman composed this song in his honor.

3. Old Crowley Two-Step (2:40) - Recorded by Doc Guidry on fiddle and later by Walter Mouton as "Scott Playboy Special."

4. Chère Petite (2:42) - Marc thinks this haunting melody was written by Leo Soileau. It was first made popular by Cajun "country-western" fiddler Chuck Guillory.

5. Church Point Breakdown (2:45) - Named after a tiny town near Eunice, this was originally recorded by Amédée Ardoin.

6. La Branche du Mûrier (3:32) - The original words to this popular melody were written by the late Dennis McGee, who lived in Eunice. The story goes that a young girl cut a branch off of a mulberry tree so she could see her fiancé's brother ride by. It was this brother whom she really loved.

7. Perrodin Two-Step (3:37) - This was first recorded by Dennis McGee, Angelus LeJeune, and Ernest Frugé. It is named after two brothers who often requested it at dances.

8. La Valse À Macareau (2:52) - Written by a black midwife named Macareau who helped deliver Joel Savoy, Marc's father.

9. Cajun Flop-Eared Mule (2:04) - An old Cajun song resembling the American traditional song "Flop-Eared Mule". The title is unknown so Marc calls it "Cajun Flop-Eared Mule."

10. Viens Me Chercher (Come and Get Me) (2:50) - This is an old song recorded by Iry LeJeune, who brought the accordion back to popularity in the 1950's after it had been neglected in the 1940's. He is felt by many to truly sing the soul of the prairie with his lonely cries and powerful accordion playing. The story tells of a young man lamenting that his "catin" won't come back since her old father dragged her back home. Every night he kisses his pillow making believe it is she beside him.

11. La Valse de Pont D'Amour (Lovebridge Waltz) (2:05) - In this song a woman told a man she didn't want him any more and he took it so hard that he took to the big roads.

12. J'Suis Parti à Lafayette (1:39) - Marc learned this Zydeco song from Clifton Chenier. He plays it and the next tune on the three-row accordion commonly used in Zydeco music, rather than the Cajun accordion which he plays on the other tunes.

13. Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés (1:10) - The old song "Zydeco N'est Pas Salés" (the snap beans aren't salty) gave the name to this style of music.

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