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

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)
Jan 30, 2016at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra DanceSteve Zakon-Anderson (calling) with The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Feb 5, 2016to Feb 7, 2016Dancing FoolLeif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, WAwith ElixirNils will not be performing with Elixir this weekend. With this appearance at Fool, Elixir is launching it's new touring lineup - Brian Bender will be playing trombone!

w/ Riptide and caller Cis Hinkle
Mar 6, 2016at 7:30 pmBIDA Open Band Dance1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MAwith ElixirAnglea DeCarlis (calling) and open band with anchor musicians Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle) and Debby Knight (piano).


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).


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.


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