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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

Jul 30, 2016to Aug 6, 2016CDSS English WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 4, 2016at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
Sue Rosen (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Bruce Rosen (piano/guitar)
Aug 6, 2016to Aug 13, 2016CDSS American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, 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 9, 2016at 8:00 pmConcord Experienced DanceConcord Scout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar, feet)
Sep 10, 2016Private EventGreensboro Bend, VTwith Elixir
Sep 19, 2016at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceWhately, MAwith ElixirRobin Hayden (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (violin), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Sep 28, 2016at 8:00 pmWaltz, etc.The Avalon Ballroom, Boulder, COwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet, vocals), and Owen Morrison (guitar)
Sep 29, 2016at 7:00 pmHouse ConcertLongmont, CO, United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet, vocals), and Owen Morrison (guitar, foot percussion)
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)
Oct 30, 2016at 3:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Vintage Steele Four Year Anniversary PartyThe Bunker Farm, Dummerston, VTwith ElixirFree Admission, Free BBQ, BYOB
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.
Nov 19, 2016at 8:00 pmRear DefrostersThe Rendezvous
78 3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376, United Stateswith Elixir
Dec 2, 2016at 8:00 pmMostly Waltz GreenfieldGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixirwith Larry Unger (guitar) and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Waltz lesson at 7pm
Dec 3, 2016at 7:30 pmConcord Experienced English DanceConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
with Robin Hayden (calling) and Karen Axelrod (piano)
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)
Jan 23, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirMary Lea (violin), Pat McPherson (piano), and Brad Foster (calling)
Feb 4, 2017at 9:00 amPercussive Dance IntensiveGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith ElixirRebecca McGown, Gillian Stewart, and Meg Ryan teaching. Music by Graham DeZarn and Ethan Hazzard-Watkins.
Feb 5, 2017at 7:00 pmPercussive Dance House ConcertRebop Farm, 1320 Sunset Lake Rd. Brattleboro, VTwith Elixirwith dancing by Rebecca McGowan, Meg Ryan, and Gillian Stewart, plus music by Nicole Singer (vocals), Graham DeZarn (fiddle), and Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle)
Feb 6, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith Elixirlydia ievins (violin), Karen Axelrod (piano), and Anna Rain (calling)
Feb 17, 2017to Feb 19, 2017Ann Arbor Dawn Dance WeekendAnn Arbor, MIwith Elixirwith Adina Gordon (calling) and The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Mar 1, 2017at 7:30 pmDowntown Amherst Contra Dance99 Main St
Amherst, MA, United Stateswith Elixir
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Mar 2, 2017at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Mar 23, 2017at 8:00 pmThe Rear DefrostersThe Rendezvous
78 3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376, United Stateswith Elixir
Brattleboro's loudest Honky Tonk band returns to Turner's Falls! Kate Lorenz opens with a solo set.
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
May 13, 2017at 8:00 pmNorwich Contra DanceNorwich, VT, United States
with Elixir
with Dave Eisenstadter (calling), Jeremiah McLane (accordion/piano) and Owen Marshall (guitar/banjo)
Jun 8, 2017at 9:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Thing in the SpringHarlow's Pub
3 School St, Peterborough, NH 03458, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 26, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirBrad Foster (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Jun 29, 2017to Jul 3, 2017Boston Centre July 4th WeekendPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 3, 2017to Jul 7, 2017ESCape (English, Scottish, Contra) week at PinewoodsPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 15, 2017at 6:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Bunker FarmThe Bunker Farm, 857 Bunker Rd, Dummerston, VTwith ElixirPizza available for purchase starting at 6pm, with music to follow. BYOB.
Opening Act: New Barnyard Seranaders
$10 suggested donation for the bands
Jul 22, 2017to Jul 29, 2017CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir

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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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21 West Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301