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 23, 2012at 8:00 pmSpokane Contra DanceSpokane, WAwith Elixir
Jun 24, 2012to Jun 30, 2012Lady of the Lake June weekCouer d'Alene, IDwith Elixir
Jul 21, 2012to Jul 28, 2012CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 28, 2012to Aug 4, 2012CDSS American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 30, 2012at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceScout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirSteve Zakon Anderson (calling), Emily Troll (fiddle/accordion), and Josh Van Vliet (guitar)
Sep 1, 2012at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
Sep 2, 2012at 12:00 pmNew World FestivalRandolph, VTwith Elixir
Sep 2, 2012at 8:00 pmBrattleboro Dawn DanceGibson Aiken Center, Main St, Brattleboro, VTwith ElixirWe'll be keeping the party going from Midnight to 3:30 AM. Other bands are Wild Asparagus (first set) and the Russet Trio with Quena Crane calling (last set). It's going to be a great night, don't miss it!
Sep 15, 2012at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MAwith ElixirGeorge Marshall (calling), Bethany Waickman (guitar), Corey DiMario (bass)
Sep 21, 2012at 7:30 pmContrashock IINew York City, NYwith Elixirw/ Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor


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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