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.
|Jul 3, 2017to Jul 7, 2017||ESCape (English, Scottish, Contra) week at PinewoodsPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Jul 15, 2017at 6:00 pm||Rear 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, 2017||CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Aug 17, 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)
|Sep 23, 2017at 2:15 pm||Rear Defrosters @ Garlic and Arts FestivalOrange, MA, United States
with ElixirHonky tonk and garlic!
|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|
|Oct 26, 2017at 8:00 pm||Rear Defrosters @ The WhetstoneWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
36 Bridge St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
|Nov 19, 2017at 2:00 pm||Mostly WaltzWhately, MAwith Elixirwith Anna Patton (clarinet) and Karen Axelrod (piano)|
|Dec 18, 2017at 7:00 pm||Amherst English DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith Elixirwith Brad Foster (calling), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Karen Axelrod (piano)|
|Jan 10, 2018at 7:30 pm||Rear Defrosters @ EchoEcho Restaurant and Lounge
73 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
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