Annie Savage brings a vivacious and versatile program to the stage that she has developed over thirty years of performing professionally as everything from conservatory-trained concert harpist to down-home bluegrass fiddler. She is an enthusiastic performer of primarily bluegrass, celtic and classical repertoire and believes that all of these genres have their unique place on the American stage. Her desire is to share the excitement that can be found in the language of music with young and old alike and to inspire other people to express themselves through the medium of music.
Savage is currently serving as a member of the String Education Student Faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder. She enjoys a rigorous performance schedule and teaches orchestra at Peak to Peak Charter School and fiddle at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, CO. In addition to pursuing her Master’s degree in music education, she is currently preparing to launch a website called savagefiddler.com to take this interest in American roots music online and into the future. She lives in Lafayette with her husband Scott and two children Milo and Iris Mae.
Tristan Scroggins is 16 years old and will have been playing for only 8 years this spring. Tristan started out playing music when he was inspired by his father, Jeff Scroggins, "The Unsung Hero of the Banjo", to learn how to play the banjo. However, Tristan's interests turned to the mandolin after he realized that he might actually have potential with that instrument and he figured he might as well kill two birds with one stone and socially alienate himself a little less. After just a few months of practicing, Tristan won through some set of random inexplicable events, the first contest he entered. This fully turned Tristan's attention to the mandolin. In the years following, Tristan began to put all his attention on his music. Thus, he abandoned his non-existent athletic abilities and traded his baseball for a pick. It paid off because in late July of 2007 Tristan came in first at the mandolin contest at the Pickin' on the Plains festival in Colby Kansas and later that same year went on to become the New Mexico State Mandolin Champion. The year after, he won the state’s youth talent competition. Most recently (and possibly most notably), The Arizona State Championship and a SECOND win in New Mexico (As well as a win in the Duo contest thanks to fiddlest Sam Weiss) are two more titles Tristan can put under his belt. These days, Tristan has left his beloved home and friends in New Mexico to relocate to the slightly larger bluegrass music hub that is Denver Colorado.