A Tribute To Earl Scruggs: Billy Connolly Plays ‘Cripple Creek’

Earl Scruggs (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images)

The magnificent Earl Scruggs, bluegrass banjo player and (with his late partner Lester Flatt) country music cornerstone, passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

As the influence of his music reached all over the world, leaving pockets of bluegrass enthusiasts tying their fingers in knots trying to emulate his dextrous playing, allow us to present a very British tribute.

Here’s Billy Connolly, comedian and banjo enthusiast, blamming out Earl’s “Cripple Creek” a year ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEwmJabj2LY

 

 

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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