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.
|Apr 1, 2016to Apr 3, 2016||Epicenter Dance WeekendStrawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley, CAwith Elixir|
|Apr 8, 2016to Apr 10, 2016||Springforth BallLewis Ginter Rec Center, Richmond VAwith Elixir|
|Jun 3, 2016at 8:30 pm||Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir|
|Jun 4, 2016at 4:00 pm||Private eventAnnapolis, MDwith Elixir|
|Jun 5, 2016at 7:30 pm||Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir|
|Jun 29, 2016at 7:30 pm||Amherst Contra Dance99 Main St
Amherst MA 01002
United Stateswith Elixir
|Jun 30, 2016at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
|Jul 1, 2016at 8:00 pm||Mostly Waltz Greenfield401 Chapman St
Greenfield, MA, United Stateswith ElixirWaltz workshop at 7:00pm
|Jul 2, 2016||Private EventMontague MAwith Elixir|
|Aug 26, 2016at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with ElixirNils Fredland, calling/trombone
with Brian Bender, sousaphone/melodica/trombone
|Aug 27, 2016||Private EventBristol, RIwith Elixir|
|Sep 10, 2016||Private EventGreensboro Bend, VTwith Elixir|
|Sep 30, 2016at 8:00 pm||Boulder Contra DanceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)|
|Oct 1, 2016at 8:00 pm||Fort Collins Contra DanceCity Park Center (Club Tico), 1599 City Park Dr, Fort Collins, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)|
|Oct 2, 2016at 1:00 pm||Denver Contra DanceHighlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)
Waltzes and couples dancing at 1 PM, contras from 2 to 5 PM!
|Oct 20, 2016at 8:00 pm||Old Farmer's BallWarren Wilson College
Swannanoa, NC, United Stateswith Elixirwith Beth Molaro (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)
|Oct 21, 2016to Oct 23, 2016||Lake Eden Arts Festival377 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NCwith Elixirwith Brian Bender (trombone)|
|Nov 4, 2016to Nov 6, 2016||Foggy Moon Dance WeekendMonterey, CA
United Stateswith Elixirwith Brian Bender (trombone) plus George Marshall and Warren Blier (calling), Barefoot, BLAM, and the Crabapples.
|Jan 12, 2017at 7:30 pm||House ConcertPhoenix, AZ, United Stateswith ElixirFor details and reservations contact: [email protected] or (602)791-1238|
|Jan 13, 2017to Jan 14, 2017||Phoenix Winter FrolicPhoenix, AZ, United States
with Elixirwith Brian Bender (trombone)
To order Elixir CDs please visit the Elixir store.
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