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Ernest East

b. c. 1905, NEW YORK, USA, d. USA. Known chiefly like a fiddler, East also performed acoustic guitar. In the 30s he joined up with the Camp Creek Males, a superb old-time hill string music group, along with Kyle Creed (banjo), Fred Cockerham (fiddle/banjo), Paul Sutphin (acoustic guitar), Ronald Collins (acoustic guitar), Roscoe Russell (acoustic guitar), and Verlen Clifton (mandolin). Their hard traveling approach and the usage of fretless banjos allowed advancement of a method that was sufficiently unique to warrant an determining name which was extracted from an area topographical feature, Circular Peak. The Circular Peakers’ excitement for the music from the Blue Ridge Mountains area helped preserve the proper execution through the years plus they became essential numbers in the 60s when folk music terminated the creativity of music artists and viewers. Despite his virtuoso playing, East was occasionally at risk of getting overshadowed in the Camp Creek Young boys by the dazzling abilities of Cockerham and Creed. He got a more prominent function as leader from the Pine Ridge Young boys, another old-time string music group that was likewise respected and significant through the 60s folk revival. Among people of this music group had been Scotty East (electric guitar/vocals), Macintosh Snow (electric guitar), and Gilmer Woodruff (banjo). Among the parts that East was observed, most of that have been recorded with the Pine Ridge Young boys are ‘Sally Ann’, ‘Mississippi Sawyer’, ‘Hands Me Down My Strolling Cane’, ‘Hell Among The Circular Peakers’, ‘Pig WITHIN A Pencil’ (which includes made an appearance on many latter-day compilations), as well as the equally dazzling ‘June Apple’.

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