Ernie Carpenter

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Ernie Carpenter
Birth name Ernest O. Carpenter
Born April 10, 1907
Sutton, West Virginia, USA.
Died January 23, 1997
Genres Old-time music
Instruments Fiddle
Years active c. 1925–1997

Ernest O. "Ernie" Carpenter, born April 10, 1907 at Sutton, West Virginia, died January 23, 1997, was a famous American fiddle player,[1][2] 1988 winner of the Vandalia Award, West Virginia's highest folklife honor, at the annual Vandalia Gathering.[3] He is interred near Sutton, West Virginia.[4]


  1. ^ Michael Kline. 2006. "Carpenter Family" in The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Ken Sullivan, ed. Charleston, W.Va.: The West Virginia Humanities Council, pp. 113-114; see also
  2. ^ Gerald Milnes. 1999. Play of a Fiddle, Traditional Music, Dance, and Folklore in West Virginia, Lexington, Ky.: The University Press of Kentucky, pp. 35-44.
  3. ^ West Virginia Division of Culture and History: The Vandalia Award,
  4. ^ Find A Braxton County Cemetery, Sutton, W. Va.,,