Ethan Hazzard-Watkins fiddler

Fiddler Ethan Hazzard-Watkins performs traditional and original music with infectious energy, passion, and grace.

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.

gig calendar

Nov 13, 2009to Nov 15, 2009Atlanta Dance Weekend
Dec 3, 2009at 7:30 pmConference callAgenda:

x- NM concert before Folk MADness
x- DC tour possibilities
x- lights for Feb
x- trademark
x- next december weekend
x- concert repertoire
x- album
x- Colorado
x- Ashokan
Jan 14, 2010at 7:30 pmMountain View Dance
Jan 15, 2010to Jan 17, 2010Contra Carnivale
Jan 22, 2010to Jan 24, 2010Florida Snow Ball
Feb 12, 2010to Feb 14, 2010The Dance Flurry
Feb 15, 2010to Feb 18, 2010Elixir Rehearsals
Feb 18, 2010at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance
Feb 19, 2010at 8:00 pmBrown Contra Dance
Feb 20, 2010at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance
Feb 21, 2010at 7:30 pmBrattleboro Contra Dance
Feb 23, 2010at 9:00 pmconference call
Mar 10, 2010at 1:00 pmConference CallAgenda:
-album prep
-gigs to solicit
-photo shoot
Mar 17, 2010arranging deadline
Mar 26, 2010to Mar 27, 2010rehearse
Mar 27, 2010at 8:00 pmconcert at the ChurchThe Church
$150 rent
Mar 28, 2010to Apr 2, 2010elixir recording11-5 6:30-10:30 Sun
noon-6 8-midnight Mon
11-5 6:30-10:30 Tue
noon-6 8-midnight Wed
11-5 6:30-10:30 Thur
10-3 Fri
Apr 9, 2010to Apr 11, 2010Chicago Dance Weekend
Apr 15, 2010at 10:00 ambass tracking
Apr 19, 2010at 1:00 pmediting
Apr 26, 2010to Apr 29, 2010Elixir recording
May 11, 2010at 3:00 pmConference call
May 27, 2010at 8:00 pmconcert
May 28, 2010to May 31, 2010FolkMADness
Jun 1, 2010at 12:00 pmmixing
Jun 4, 2010at 12:00 pmmixing
Jun 7, 2010at 12:00 pmmixing
Jun 27, 2010at 10:00 amRalph Sweet Book Release Party401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith ElixirElixir will be joined by callers Ralph Sweet and Tony Parkes, and guest musicians Ann Percival, Corey DiMario, and Lee Blackwell.
Jul 25, 2010to Jul 31, 2010Ashokan Northern WeekOlivebridge, NYwith Elixir
Aug 8, 2010to Aug 15, 2010Augusta Dance WeekElkins, WVwith Elixir
Sep 17, 2010to Sep 19, 2010Echo Summit Dance WeekendTwin Bridges, CAwith Elixir
Sep 30, 2010at 3:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord, MAwith Elixir
Oct 1, 2010at 4:00 pmBelfast Flying Shoes Contra DanceBelfast, MEwith Elixir
Oct 2, 2010at 4:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceMontpelier, VTwith Elixir
Oct 3, 2010at 10:30 amGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Oct 29, 2010to Oct 31, 2010Fire Ant FrolicAustin, TXwith Elixir
Nov 5, 2010at 8:00 pmSacramento Contra DanceSacramento CAwith Elixir
Nov 6, 2010Fall Has SprungGrass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley, CAwith Elixir
Nov 10, 2010at 7:30 pmSwarthmore Contra DanceSwarthmore Collegewith Elixir
Nov 11, 2010at 7:30 pmGlenside Contra DanceGlenside, PAwith Elixir
Nov 12, 2010at 7:00 pmNY Gender Free Contra DanceNew York, NYwith Elixir
Nov 13, 2010CDNY Fall FlingNew York, NYwith Elixir
Jan 20, 2011at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord, MAwith Elixir
Jan 21, 2011at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Jan 22, 2011Peterborough Snow BallPeterborough NHwith Elixir
Jan 23, 2011at 7:30 pmBrattleboro DanceBrattleboro, VTwith Elixir
Jan 28, 2011at 8:00 pmHouse concertAnnapolis, MDwith ElixirCheck back for more details.
Jan 29, 2011Baltimore Midwinter BallBaltimore MDwith Elixir
Feb 3, 2011at 7:30 pmLake City contra dance12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WAwith Elixir
Feb 4, 2011to Feb 6, 2011Dancing FoolSeattle WAwith Elixir
Mar 18, 2011at 8:00 pmGlen Echo ContraGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir
Mar 20, 2011at 3:30 pmWaltz Time DancesGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixirwaltz lesson 2:45-3:30
Mar 20, 2011at 7:30 pmGlen Echo ContraGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir
Mar 25, 2011to Mar 27, 2011Down East Country Dance FestivalTopsham MEwith Elixir
Apr 8, 2011to Apr 10, 2011Chesapeake Dance WeekendCamp Letts, Edgewater, MDwith Elixir
Apr 10, 2011at 7:30 pmGlen Echo ContraGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir
Apr 16, 2011Fiddlehead FrolicIthaca, NYwith Elixir
Apr 17, 2011at 8:00 pmBound for GloryAnabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NYwith Elixir
Apr 29, 2011at 8:00 pmMinstrel Concert SeriesMorristown, NJwith Elixir
Apr 30, 2011at 8:00 pmSwingin Tern Contra DanceEast Hanover, NJwith Elixir
Jun 24, 2011at 8:00 pmto Jun 26, 2011June Moon Dance WeekendMorgantown, WVwith Elixir
Jul 16, 2011at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Jul 18, 2011at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir
Jul 20, 2011at 7:30 pmAmherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir
Aug 19, 2011to Aug 20, 2011Summerfolk FestivalOwen Sound, ONwith Elixir
Sep 2, 2011to Sep 4, 2011Labor Day Dance AwayJulian, CAwith Elixir
Sep 23, 2011to Sep 24, 2011Feet RetreatDanbury, NCwith Elixir
Sep 26, 2011at 8:00 pmAsheville Contra DanceGrey Eagle Tavern, 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NCwith Elixir
Sep 27, 2011at 8:00 pmWinston-Salem Contra DanceVintage Theater, 7 Vintage Ave, Winston-Salem, NCwith Elixir
Sep 28, 2011at 8:00 pmCharlotte Contra DanceCharlotte, NCwith Elixir
Sep 29, 2011at 8:00 pmAsheville Contra DanceWarren Wilson College, Bryson Gym, 701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NCwith Elixir
Sep 30, 2011at 8:00 pmAtlanta Contra DanceClarkston Community Center,3701 College Ave, Clarkston, GAwith Elixir
Oct 1, 2011at 5:00 pmHuntsville Concert/Contra DanceFaith Presbyterian Church, 5003 Whitesburg Dr, Huntsville, ALwith ElixirConcert 5-7 PM, Contra Dance 8 - 11 PM
Oct 2, 2011at 3:30 pmRiver Falls Waltz/Contra DanceRiver Falls Lodge, River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SCwith Elixir
Oct 7, 2011at 8:00 pmBelfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance143 Church Street, Belfast, MEwith Elixir
Oct 8, 2011at 8:00 pmNorth Yarmouth Contra DanceWestcustogo Grange, Rt 115 and Rt 9, N. Yarmouth, MEwith Elixir
Oct 21, 2011to Oct 23, 2011Charlottesville Fall FestivalCharlottesville, VAwith Elixir
Oct 23, 2011at 6:30 pmGreenwood Contra DanceGreenwood Community Center, 865 Greenwood Rd, Greenwood, VAwith Elixir
Nov 5, 2011to Nov 13, 2011Denmark tourDenmarkwith Elixir
Jan 6, 2012at 8:00 pmConcord Experienced Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir
Jan 7, 2012at 7:30 pmConcert at Hooker Dunham TheaterBrattleboro, VTwith Elixir
Jan 8, 2012at 7:30 pmBrattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Main, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir
Jan 13, 2012to Jan 15, 2012Contra CarnivaleSan Luis Obispo, CAwith Elixirw/ Great Bear Trio, Tidal Wave, Susan Michaels, and George Marshall
Jan 16, 2012at 7:30 pmPalo Alto Contra DanceSpecial post-Contra Carnivale event!
Feb 2, 2012at 8:00 pmSeattle Contra DanceLake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WAwith Elixir
Feb 3, 2012to Feb 5, 2012Dancing Fool Contra Dance WeekendLeif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, WAwith Elixirw/ Latter Day Lizards and Cis Hinkle
Feb 17, 2012to Feb 19, 2012Knoxville Dance WeekendKnoxville, TNwith ElixirElixir, Great Bear Trio, and Mark Hellenberg (aka "Pokey")
Mar 10, 2012at 5:45 pmCDNY Special EventChinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery, New York, NYwith ElixirExperienced Contra Dance from 5:45 - 7:45, Regular Contra Dance from 9:00 - Midnight
Mar 15, 2012at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MAwith Elixir
Mar 16, 2012at 8:00 pmCollege Hill Contra Dance372 Wayland Ave, Providence, RIwith Elixir
Mar 17, 2012at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Apr 20, 2012to Apr 22, 2012When in Doubt, Swing!Dallas, TXwith Elixir
May 4, 2012to May 6, 2012May Madness Dance WeekendClarkdale, AZwith Elixirw/ The Groovemongers, The Great Bear Trio, and Will Mentor
May 16, 2012at 7:30 pmAmherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir
May 19, 2012at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
May 20, 2012at 7:30 pmBrattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Main, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir
May 30, 2012at 8:00 pmPrinceton Contra DanceSuzanne Patterson Community Center, Princeton, NJwith Elixir
May 31, 2012at 8:00 pmGlenside Contra DanceGlenside, PAwith Elixir
Jun 1, 2012at 8:30 pmGlen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir
Jun 2, 2012at 4:00 pmHouse ConcertAnnapolis, MDwith ElixirPrivate event


Elixir CDs

To order Elixir CDs please visit the Elixir store.

A is for Avocado


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.

In the Window


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.

Guest Musicians

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).

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