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.
|Jun 21, 2014at 7:00 pm||Spokane Folklore Society Contra DanceSt. John Orthodox Church, 4718 E. Horsehaven Ave, Post Falls, IDwith Elixir|
|Jun 22, 2014to Jun 28, 2014||Lady of the LakeCoeur D'Alene, IDwith Elixirw/ Lots of great folks. This is fantastic camp in a beautiful setting. Make the trip to join us for the week!|
|Aug 15, 2014to Aug 16, 2014||peacham acoustic music festivalPeacham, VTwith ElixirEthan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano), and Owen Marshall (guitar, banjo, bouzouki)|
|Sep 11, 2014at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance74 Walden Rd, Concord, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
|Sep 12, 2014to Sep 14, 2014||Swallowtail Dance WeekendCamp Becket, Becket, MAwith Elixirw/ well…Swallowtail!|
|Sep 19, 2014to Sep 21, 2014||Michigan Heritage FestivalLexington MIwith ElixirLisa Greenleaf(calling and The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
|Oct 3, 2014at 8:00 pm||Boulder Contra DanceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, COwith Elixir|
|Oct 4, 2014at 8:00 pm||Fort Collins Contra DanceCity Park Center (Club Tico), Fort Collins, COwith Elixir|
|Oct 5, 2014at 1:00 pm||Denver Contra DanceHighlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver, COwith ElixirWaltzes and couples dancing at 1 PM, contras from 2 to 5 PM!|
|Oct 17, 2014to Oct 18, 2014||Contra ShockNew York Citywith Elixirw/ Maivish and Will Mentor
Schedule (subject to change):
10/17 - Brooklyn Contra Dance, 7:30 pm beginner’s lesson, 8 to 11 pm contra dance for all
10/18 - CDNY contra for experienced dancers, 4 to 6 pm; 7:30 pm beginner’s lesson, 8 to 11 pm contra dance for all
|Oct 19, 2014at 1:00 pm||Contrastock IVSpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixirw/ Perpetual e-Motion, The Coffee Zombies, and callers Will Mentor and Bev Bernbaum.
Don't miss this...it's gonna be another great Contrastock party.
|Nov 3, 2014at 7:00 pm||Amherst English Country DanceWhately Dance Barn, Whately, MAwith ElixirRobin Hayden (calling), Karen Axelrod (piano), lydia ievins (violin), and Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (violin)|
|Nov 7, 2014to Nov 9, 2014||Atlanta Dance WeekendAtlanta, GAwith Elixirw/ Maivish and caller Luke Donforth|
|Nov 22, 2014at 7:00 pm||Brattleboro Playford BallBrattleboro, VTwith Elixir|
|Dec 26, 2014to Jan 1, 2015||Winter Dance Week at John C. Campbell Folk School1 Folk School Rd
Brasstown NC 28902with ElixirSue Rosen (calling) and Firetruck: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Bruce Rosen (piano/guitar) plus many other talented callers, musicians, and instructors.
|Jan 16, 2015to Jan 18, 2015||Contra CarnivaleSan Luis Obispo, CAwith Elixirw/ Wild Asparagus, Crowfoot, and caller Lisa Greenleaf|
|Jan 19, 2015at 7:00 pm||House ConcertSanta Clara, CAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
The Figments present a concert of traditional and original tunes and songs in an intimate space with great acoustics.
For details and reservations, e-mail your name, phone number, and number of seats requested to:
SantaClaraHouseConcerts AT yahoo DOT com
|Jan 31, 2015||Northern Roots Music FestivalBrattleboro
|Feb 7, 2015at 11:00 am||Brattleboro Winter Farmers MarketThe River Garden, Brattleboro. VTwith ElixirEthan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle) and Roger Kahle (guitar)|
|Feb 13, 2015to Feb 15, 2015||Dance FlurrySaratoga Springs Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NYwith Elixir|
|Mar 4, 2015at 7:30 pm||Amherst Contra Dance99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir|
|Mar 6, 2015at 8:00 pm||Concord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden Rd, Concord, MAwith Elixir|
|Mar 7, 2015at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|Mar 27, 2015at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with ElixirSteve Zakon-Anderson (calling) with The Clayfoot Strutters: Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano), Lee Blackwell (percussion), Mark Roberts (flute, banjo), Peter Davis (winds), Harry Aceto (bass) plus guest fiddler Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle).
|Apr 6, 2015at 7:00 pm||Amherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirRobin Hayden and Laura DeCesare (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (violin), Mary Lea (violin), and Karen Axelrod (piano)|
|Apr 10, 2015to Apr 12, 2015||Bug Stomp Dance WeekendFelix Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle East
North Charleston, SC 29405
with Elixirw/ Contraforce and caller Maggie Jo Saylor
|Apr 20, 2015at 7:00 pm||Amherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirGraham Christian (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (violin), Cedar Stanistreet (violin), and Joyce Crouch (piano)|
|May 7, 2015at 8:00 pm||Rochester Contra DanceConvenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Rd, Rochester, NYwith Elixir|
|May 8, 2015at 7:30 pm||Buffalo Contra DanceElmwood Ave & W Ferry St
Buffalo NY 14222
United Stateswith Elixir
|May 9, 2015||Cornell Contra DanceCornell University, Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca, NYwith ElixirSchedule:
12:30pm-2:30pm: Singing Square Caller's Workshop
4pm-6 pm: Contra Dance for Experienced Dancers
8 pm-11 pm: Contra dance for All
|May 14, 2015to May 17, 2015||Almost HeavenCamp Ramblewood, Darlington, MDwith ElixirWe'll be joined by Mark Hellenberg (aka "Pokey") on percussion all weekend long!
|Jun 3, 2015at 7:30 pm||Downtown Amherst Contra DanceSteve Zakon-Anderson (calling) with
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)
|Jun 4, 2015at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742with ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar, feet)
|Jun 5, 2015at 8:00 pm||Mostly WaltzGreenfield, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)|
|Jun 6, 2015at 7:00 pm||Whately BallWhately, MAwith ElixirBarbara Finney (calling) and The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)|
|Jun 12, 2015at 9:00 am||Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with ElixirAnna Patton (clarinet), Mary Cay Brass (piano), and Steve Zakon-Anderson (calling)
|Jun 15, 2015at 7:00 pm||Amherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirMary Jones (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (violin), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Pat MacPherson (piano)|
|Jun 26, 2015to Jun 28, 2015||Old Songs FestivalAltamont Fairgrounds, 129 Grand, Altamont, NYwith Elixir|
|Aug 1, 2015to Aug 8, 2015||English WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Aug 8, 2015to Aug 15, 2015||American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Sep 18, 2015to Sep 20, 2015||Echo Summit Dance Weekend18880 US Highway 50
Twin Bridges CA 95721
United Stateswith Elixir
|Sep 25, 2015at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Challenging Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301
United Stateswith Elixir
|Sep 26, 2015at 4:00 pm||Private EventCraftsbury, VTwith Elixir|
|Oct 9, 2015to Oct 11, 2015||Mountain Madness Dance WeekendJonesborough Visitor's Center, Jonesborough, TNwith Elixir|
|Oct 16, 2015to Oct 18, 2015||LCFD Fall Dance CampCamp Chimney Corners
Becket MAwith Elixirwith The Figments, Will Mentor, and
|Nov 6, 2015at 8:00 pm||Concord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir|
|Nov 7, 2015at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|Nov 8, 2015at 2:00 pm||Greenfield Fall Frolic Fundraiser Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with ElixirA fundraiser for the Friends of the Grange. Elixir will kick things off, playing from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.
|Dec 10, 2015at 8:00 pm||Rear Defrosters at Whetstone|
|Dec 12, 2015at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra ExchangeMontpelier, VTwith ElixirAdina Gordon (calling), with The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
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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.
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).
Ethan's collection of original tunes, published in 2007, is no longer available in print. You can download a complete PDF of the book or find some individual highlights and more recent compositions below.