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 23, 2012at 8:00 pm||Spokane Contra DanceSpokane, WAwith Elixir|
|Jun 24, 2012to Jun 30, 2012||Lady of the Lake June weekCouer d'Alene, IDwith Elixir|
|Jul 21, 2012to Jul 28, 2012||CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Jul 28, 2012to Aug 4, 2012||CDSS American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Aug 30, 2012at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra DanceScout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirSteve Zakon Anderson (calling), Emily Troll (fiddle/accordion), and Josh Van Vliet (guitar)|
|Sep 1, 2012at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|Sep 2, 2012at 12:00 pm||New World FestivalRandolph, VTwith Elixir|
|Sep 2, 2012at 8:00 pm||Brattleboro 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 pm||Greenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MAwith ElixirGeorge Marshall (calling), Bethany Waickman (guitar), Corey DiMario (bass)|
|Sep 21, 2012at 7:30 pm||Contrashock IINew York City, NYwith Elixirw/ Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor|
|Sep 22, 2012at 5:45 pm||Contrashock IINew York City, NYwith ElixirExperienced Contra Dance from 5:45 - 7:45 PM, Contra Dance for everyone from 9 PM to Midnight|
|Sep 23, 2012at 11:00 am||Contrastock IISpanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixirw/ Wild Asparagus, Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor|
|Sep 28, 2012to Sep 30, 2012||Youth Dance WeekendWeston, VTwith ElixirRegistration begins June 4!|
|Oct 5, 2012at 8:00 pm||Concord Challenging Contra Dance SeriesScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith ElixirSteve Zakon-Anderson (calling), Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano) and Owen Marshall (guitar, tenor banjo)|
|Oct 12, 2012to Oct 14, 2012||Elixir Cape Cod Dance WeekendCamp Farley, Mashpee, MAwith Elixirw/ Elixir, Crowfoot and caller Will Mentor, and English Country Dance with staff musicians and caller Melissa Running...plus host (and caller) Mary Wesley, and Tony Hernandez running sound!|
|Oct 19, 2012to Oct 21, 2012||Lavender Country and Folk Dancers Fall Dance CampCamp Chimney Corners, Becket, MAwith Elixir|
|Oct 26, 2012at 8:30 pm||Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo, MDwith ElixirIt's the Friday Night Dance Halloween Contra Dance PARTY!|
|Oct 28, 2012at 7:30 pm||Glen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo, MDwith Elixir|
|Nov 3, 2012at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceOld Labor Hall, Barre, VTwith ElixirMary Wesley (calling), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Julie Vallimont (piano)|
|Nov 9, 2012to Nov 11, 2012||Big DanceDayton, VAwith ElixirThe Figments (Anna Patton, clarinet and Owen Morrison, guitar/feet)|
|Nov 11, 2012||Greenwood Contra DanceShawn Brenniman (calling) and The Figments (Anna Patton, clarinet and Owen Morrison, guitar/feet)|
|Nov 16, 2012to Nov 18, 2012||Fleur de Lis Fling Dance WeekendLouisville, KYwith Elixir|
|Nov 23, 2012to Nov 24, 2012||Rochester Thanksgiving Dance WeekendSalem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner Street, Rochester, NYwith Elixir|
|Dec 8, 2012at 11:00 am||Brattleboro Winter Farmers' MarketRiver Garden, Main St., Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir|
|Dec 9, 2012at 7:30 pm||Brattleboro Contra Dance - Rural Vermont Benefit DanceMain and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT 05301with ElixirRebecca Lay (calling), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Andy Davis (piano)|
|Dec 15, 2012at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MAwith ElixirMarguerite Durant (calling) and The Figments (Anna Patton, clarinet and Owen Morrison, guitar/feet)|
|Dec 20, 2012at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirLisa Greenleaf (calling), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Peter Barnes (piano/guitar)|
|Jan 4, 2013at 8:00 pm||Concord Challenging Contra DanceScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith Elixir|
|Jan 5, 2013at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|Jan 11, 2013to Jan 12, 2013||Phoenix Friends of Traditional Music Mini-Dance WeekendKenilworth School, Phoenix, AZwith Elixir|
|Jan 25, 2013at 8:00 pm||Club Passim Concert (opening for Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem)47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MAwith ElixirWe LOVE Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, and are honored to be opening for them at Club Passim. This show is sure to sell out, so purchase your tickets in advance. Help us celebrate our Passim debut!
If you can't be there in person you can still watch online via Concert Window!
|Jan 26, 2013at 12:00 pm||Peterborough Snow BallTown Hall, Peterborough, NHwith ElixirWe play from 3 to 6 PM. Full schedule as follows:
12 PM - Moving Violations w/ Rebecca Lay
3 PM - Elixir
6 PM - Crowfoot w/ Steve Zakon-Anderson
9 PM - Latter Day Lizards w/ Lisa Greenleaf
WHAT A DAY!!
|Jan 27, 2013at 7:30 pm||Brattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Eliot St, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir|
|Jan 31, 2013at 8:00 pm||Seattle Contra DanceLake City Community Center, Seattle, WAwith Elixir|
|Feb 1, 2013to Feb 3, 2013||Dancing FoolLeif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, WAwith Elixirw/ The Sevens and caller Cis Hinkle|
|Feb 6, 2013at 7:30 pm||Amherst contra danceAmherst, MAwith ElixirPeter Siegel (guitar), Garrett Sawyer (bass)|
|Feb 10, 2013at 7:00 pm||Brattleboro Contra DanceMain and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VTwith ElixirThe Gaslight Tinkers|
|Feb 15, 2013to Feb 17, 2013||Corvallis Contra Dance WeekendCorvallis, ORwith Elixirw/ The Retrospectacles|
|Feb 21, 2013at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra DanceScout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
|Mar 4, 2013at 7:00 pm||Amherst English DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirGraham Christian (calling), Pat MacPherson (piano), and Susan Conger (fiddle)|
|Mar 10, 2013at 3:00 pm||Mostly Waltz for BostonConcord Scout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirThe Figments (Anna Patton, clarinet and Owen Morrison, guitar)|
|Mar 15, 2013to Mar 17, 2013||Memfest Contra Dance WeekendIdlewild Church, 1750 Union Ave, Memphis, TNwith Elixir|
|Apr 6, 2013at 6:00 pm||Play BallPeterborough, NHwith ElixirSteve Zakon-Anderson and Will Mentor calling, with music by Nor'easter and The Figments (Anna Patton, clarinet and Owen Morrison, guitar/feet)|
|Apr 12, 2013to Apr 14, 2013||Dandelion RompOberlin College - Hales Hall, Oberlin, OHwith Elixirw/ Ari and Mia Friedman, Jordon Tice, Gallimaufry, and caller Chrissy Fowler|
|Apr 18, 2013at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirNEFFA Callers' Showcase and The Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet) with guest Stefan Amidon (percussion)|
|Apr 20, 2013at 8:00 pm||Greenfield 3rd Saturday Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith ElixirRebecca Lay (calling) and The Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar, feet)|
|Apr 28, 2013at 1:00 pm||Roger Katz Memorial Extravaganza & Blood DriveGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MAwith ElixirPhoto exhibit of Roger's wonderful photos
Live Music with Anna Patton and friends
Blood Drive: Walk-ins are welcome, but people with appointments will be seen first. To make an appointment call Baystate Health at 877-612-5663 or email .
|Apr 29, 2013at 7:00 pm||Amherst English DanceWhately Dance Barn, Whately, MAwith ElixirRobin Hayden (calling), Karen Axelrod (piano), and Susan Conger (violin)|
|May 9, 2013at 8:00 pm||Asheville Contra DanceBryson Gymnasium, Warren Wilson College, Black Mountain, NCwith Elixir|
|May 10, 2013to May 12, 2013||Lake Eden Arts Festival377 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NCwith Elixir|
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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.