Ethan's fiddling combines expressive subtlety, playfulness, and compelling rhythmic power born out of more than two decades of experience as a dance musician. A versatile and inspiring performer, Ethan is equally at home digging into an Irish, Quebecois, or New England fiddle tune, improvising on a classic blues, swing, or honky-tonk song, or interpreting a lyrical waltz or English Country Dance melody.
Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, Ethan tours extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, playing for dances, festivals, camps, concerts, weddings, and other events with his bands Elixir and The Figments. He performs closer to home with honky-tonk band The Rear Defrosters. Ethan is also an avid composer of tunes in traditional styles, and his compositions and arrangements have been played and recorded widely.
When not performing, Ethan works as a freelance graphic designer and web developer.
|Mar 1, 2017at 7:30 pm||Downtown Amherst Contra Dance99 Main St
Amherst, MA, United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
|Mar 2, 2017at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
|Mar 10, 2017at 8:00 pm||Benefit Concert w/ The Rear DefrostersThe Loft, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir|
|Mar 23, 2017at 8:00 pm||The Rear DefrostersThe Rendezvous
78 3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376, United Stateswith ElixirBrattleboro's loudest Honky Tonk band returns to Turner's Falls!
|Mar 30, 2017at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra DanceConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith ElixirEthan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Julie Vallimont (piano)
|Apr 21, 2017to Apr 23, 2017||Hands Four Spring DanceBerea, KYwith Elixirwith Wendy Graham (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)|
|Apr 27, 2017at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
|Apr 28, 2017at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
|Apr 29, 2017at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|May 13, 2017at 8:00 pm||Norwich Contra DanceNorwich, VT, United States
with Elixirwith Dave Eisenstadter (calling), Jeremiah McLane (accordion/piano) and Owen Marshall (guitar/banjo)
|Jun 8, 2017at 9:00 pm||Rear Defrosters @ Thing in the SpringHarlow's Pub
3 School St, Peterborough, NH 03458, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jun 29, 2017to Jul 3, 2017||Boston Centre July 4th WeekendPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Jul 3, 2017to Jul 7, 2017||ESCape (English, Scottish, Contra) week at PinewoodsPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Jul 22, 2017to Jul 29, 2017||CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Aug 20, 2017to Aug 27, 2017||Hey Days: English Dance and Music WeekHealdsburg, CAwith Elixirwith The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
|Oct 6, 2017at 8:00 pm||Concord Experienced DanceConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
|Oct 7, 2017at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapital City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|Jan 26, 2018to Jan 28, 2018||Florida Snow BallGainesville, FLwith Elixir|
|Feb 23, 2018to Feb 25, 2018||Dancing with the GODSGainesville, FLwith Elixirwith The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
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A collection of original music by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins. A is for Avocado includes sheet music for thirty-eight of Ethan’s compositions, with chord suggestions, tune notes, and an annotated Discography/ Bibliography. From A is for Avocado to Zinnia’s Favorite, the tunes in this collection span a range of styles and moods. The volume measures seven by nine inches, is printed on heavy weight paper for durability and spiral bound to open flat on a music stand. You can also download some of Ethan's tunes individually below.
Selected traditional and original material arranged to highlight the diverse musical ideas that grow out of the New England contra dance tradition. Ethan’s solo CD moves gracefully between high energy jigs and reels, contemplative airs, and lovely waltzes, flirting with musical ideas drawn from a wide range of styles. Recorded and Mixed by Bob Mills in Guilford, VT.
Anna Patton (clarinet), Bob Mills (guitar & bouzouki), Chuck Corman (bass), Erica Morse (cello & bass) Elvie Miller (piano & accordion), Jesse Hazzard-Watkins (trumpet), lydia ievins (fiddle), Marko Packard (guitar & sax), Naomi Morse (fiddle & viola), Peter Siegel (guitar, mandolin, banjo, & feet), Roger Kahle (guitar), Seth Houston (piano).
21 West Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301