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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

Jun 3, 2016at 8:30 pmGlen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir
Jun 4, 2016at 4:00 pmPrivate eventAnnapolis, MDwith Elixir
Jun 5, 2016at 7:30 pmGlen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir
Jun 29, 2016at 7:30 pmAmherst Contra Dance99 Main St
Amherst MA 01002
United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 30, 2016at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
Jul 1, 2016at 8:00 pmMostly Waltz Greenfield401 Chapman St
Greenfield, MA, United Stateswith Elixir
Waltz workshop at 7:00pm
Jul 2, 2016Private EventMontague MAwith Elixir
Aug 26, 2016at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Nils Fredland, calling/trombone
with Brian Bender, sousaphone/melodica/trombone
Aug 27, 2016Private EventBristol, RIwith Elixir
Sep 10, 2016Private EventGreensboro Bend, VTwith Elixir
Sep 30, 2016at 8:00 pmBoulder Contra DanceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)
Oct 1, 2016at 8:00 pmFort Collins Contra DanceCity Park Center (Club Tico), 1599 City Park Dr, Fort Collins, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)
Oct 2, 2016at 1:00 pmDenver 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 pmOld Farmer's BallWarren Wilson College
Swannanoa, NC, United Stateswith Elixir
with Beth Molaro (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)
Oct 21, 2016to Oct 23, 2016Lake Eden Arts Festival377 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NCwith Elixirwith Brian Bender (trombone)
Nov 4, 2016to Nov 6, 2016Foggy Moon Dance WeekendMonterey, CA
United Stateswith Elixir
with Brian Bender (trombone) plus George Marshall and Warren Blier (calling), Barefoot, BLAM, and the Crabapples.
Jan 12, 2017at 7:30 pmHouse ConcertPhoenix, AZ, United Stateswith ElixirFor details and reservations contact: [email protected] or (602)791-1238
Jan 13, 2017to Jan 14, 2017Phoenix Winter FrolicPhoenix, AZ, United States
with Elixir
with Brian Bender (trombone)
Apr 21, 2017to Apr 23, 2017Hands Four Spring DanceBerea, KYwith Elixirwith Wendy Graham (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)
Apr 27, 2017at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
Apr 28, 2017at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Apr 29, 2017at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir

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Elixir CDs

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A is for Avocado

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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.

In the Window

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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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Get in touch with Ethan:

21 West Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301