Poet-Singer. B. in 1938 in Kırtıllar village / Çiçekdağı / Kırşehir, D. on 25th September 2012 in Izmir. He learnt how to play violin and bağlama (instrument with three double strings) during his primary education. He accompanied his father Muharrem Ertaş playing bağlama and singing folk songs during wedding organizations in the region, who was in his words the only person to influence him. For eight years they went to cities of Kırşehir, Nevşehir, Niğde, Kırıkkale, Kayseri and Yozgat and their villages, earning their keep. Therefore he could not study. In 1950s he went to Istanbul to work and released his first record which contained the folk song Neden Garip Garip Ötersin Bülbül and a folk song of his father. This popular record of him was followed by other records and concerts. After staying for two years in Istanbul he settled to Ankara and continued his works here. After a while he became sick and went to Germany upon the invitation of his brother (1979). After living in Germany for a long time, he returned to the scenes with a concert he held in Istanbul in 2000.
Starting from 1960s, Ertaş with his authentic style became an artist who was remembered with bağlama and who was appreciated and liked by wide masses of people and serious music environments. He told the story of his life in his poems he wrote using the pen name “Garip”. At home and abroad he held numerous concerts on his own and together with other poet-singers.
He refused the title of “State Artist” which was offered to him during the Presidency of Süleyman Demirel, saying “We are all artists of this state, besides the title of state artist sounds like discrimination to me.” Ertaş who was regarded as “living human treasure” by UNESCO was deemed worthy of honorary PhD by Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory on the 25th of April 2011.
Gönül Ne Gezersin Seyran Yerinde (1988), Kendim Ettim Kendim Buldum (1988), Hapishanelere Güneş Doğmuyor (1989), Türküler Yolcu (1992), Gitme Leylam (1992), Seher Vakti (1995), Benim Yurdum (1997), Gönül Yarası (1998), Gönül Dağı (1999), Mühür Gözlüm (1999), Gönül Dağı (1999), Zülüf Dökülmüş Yüze (1999), Neredesin Sen (1999), Zahidem (1999).
REFERENCE: Bayram Bilge Tokel / Neşet Ertaş Kitabı (2000), Öner Özcan/ Neşet Ertaş’ın Hayatı ve Eserleri (2001), Mehmet Özbek / Folklor ve Türkülerimiz (2002), İhsan Işık / “Çır, Hüseyin” (Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2007, 2009), Türkiye Yazarlar Birliği / Türkiye Kültür Sanat Yıllığı (2013), 2012 yılında aramızdan ayrılan ustalar (mynet.com, 16.11.2012).