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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.

gig calendar

Jun 21, 2014at 7:00 pmSpokane Folklore Society Contra DanceSt. John Orthodox Church, 4718 E. Horsehaven Ave, Post Falls, IDwith Elixir
Jun 22, 2014to Jun 28, 2014Lady 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, 2014peacham acoustic music festivalPeacham, VTwith ElixirEthan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano), and Owen Marshall (guitar, banjo, bouzouki)
Sep 11, 2014at 7:30 pmConcord 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, 2014Swallowtail Dance WeekendCamp Becket, Becket, MAwith Elixirw/ well…Swallowtail!
Sep 19, 2014to Sep 21, 2014Michigan 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 pmBoulder Contra DanceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, COwith Elixir
Oct 4, 2014at 8:00 pmFort Collins Contra DanceCity Park Center (Club Tico), Fort Collins, COwith Elixir
Oct 5, 2014at 1:00 pmDenver 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, 2014Contra 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 pmContrastock 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 pmAmherst 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, 2014Atlanta Dance WeekendAtlanta, GAwith Elixirw/ Maivish and caller Luke Donforth
Nov 22, 2014at 7:00 pmBrattleboro Playford BallBrattleboro, VTwith Elixir
Dec 26, 2014to Jan 1, 2015Winter Dance Week at John C. Campbell Folk School1 Folk School Rd
Brasstown NC 28902with Elixir
Sue 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, 2015Contra CarnivaleSan Luis Obispo, CAwith Elixirw/ Wild Asparagus, Crowfoot, and caller Lisa Greenleaf
Jan 19, 2015at 7:00 pmHouse 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, 2015Northern Roots Music FestivalBrattleboro
VTwith Elixir
Feb 7, 2015at 11:00 amBrattleboro Winter Farmers MarketThe River Garden, Brattleboro. VTwith ElixirEthan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle) and Roger Kahle (guitar)
Feb 13, 2015to Feb 15, 2015Dance FlurrySaratoga Springs Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NYwith Elixir
Mar 4, 2015at 7:30 pmAmherst Contra Dance99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir
Mar 6, 2015at 8:00 pmConcord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden Rd, Concord, MAwith Elixir
Mar 7, 2015at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
Mar 27, 2015at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Steve 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 pmAmherst 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, 2015Bug Stomp Dance WeekendFelix Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle East
North Charleston, SC 29405
with Elixir
w/ Contraforce and caller Maggie Jo Saylor
Apr 20, 2015at 7:00 pmAmherst 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 pmRochester Contra DanceConvenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Rd, Rochester, NYwith Elixir
May 8, 2015at 7:30 pmBuffalo Contra DanceElmwood Ave & W Ferry St
Buffalo NY 14222
United Stateswith Elixir
May 9, 2015Cornell 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, 2015Almost HeavenCamp Ramblewood, Darlington, MDwith ElixirWe'll be joined by Mark Hellenberg (aka "Pokey") on percussion all weekend long!

w/ Swallowtail
Jun 3, 2015at 7:30 pmDowntown 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 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742with Elixir
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar, feet)
Jun 5, 2015at 8:00 pmMostly WaltzGreenfield, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)
Jun 6, 2015at 7:00 pmWhately BallWhately, MAwith ElixirBarbara Finney (calling) and The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)
Jun 12, 2015at 9:00 amGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Anna Patton (clarinet), Mary Cay Brass (piano), and Steve Zakon-Anderson (calling)
Jun 15, 2015at 7:00 pmAmherst 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, 2015Old Songs FestivalAltamont Fairgrounds, 129 Grand, Altamont, NYwith Elixir
Aug 1, 2015to Aug 8, 2015English WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 8, 2015to Aug 15, 2015American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Sep 18, 2015to Sep 20, 2015Echo Summit Dance Weekend18880 US Highway 50
Twin Bridges CA 95721
United Stateswith Elixir
Sep 25, 2015at 8:00 pmGreenfield Challenging Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301
United Stateswith Elixir
Sep 26, 2015at 4:00 pmPrivate EventCraftsbury, VTwith Elixir
Oct 9, 2015to Oct 11, 2015Mountain Madness Dance WeekendJonesborough Visitor's Center, Jonesborough, TNwith Elixir
Oct 16, 2015to Oct 18, 2015LCFD Fall Dance CampCamp Chimney Corners
Becket MAwith Elixir
with The Figments, Will Mentor, and
Robin Hayden
Nov 6, 2015at 8:00 pmConcord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir
Nov 7, 2015at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
Nov 8, 2015at 2:00 pmGreenfield Fall Frolic Fundraiser Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
A 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 pmRear Defrosters at Whetstone
Dec 12, 2015at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra ExchangeMontpelier, VTwith ElixirAdina Gordon (calling), with The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)

store

Elixir CDs

To order Elixir CDs please visit the Elixir store.

In the Window

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).

tunes

Tune Book: A is for Avocado

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.

Download A is for Avocado

A few of Ethan's compositions are available for download below.

contact

Get in touch with Ethan:

ethanhw@icloud.com