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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.

When not performing, Ethan works as a freelance graphic designer and web developer.

gig calendar

Mar 27, 2020at 7:30 pmRear Defrosters @ Guilford GrangeGuilford Grange, Guilford, VTwith ElixirBenefit for Groundworks Collaborative
Apr 3, 2020to Apr 5, 2020Gypsy MeltdownCharlotte, NC, United Stateswith Elixir
Apr 17, 2020to Apr 19, 2020Desert SpringPhoenix, AZ, United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments
Jun 19, 2020to Jun 21, 2020Swing into SummerPinewoods Camp
80 Cornish Field Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 25, 2020at 5:30 pmRear Defrosters @ Retreat Farm Food Truck Roundup
Aug 27, 2020at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742with Elixir
Aug 28, 2020at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Aug 29, 2020at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Nov 6, 2020to Nov 8, 2020Foggy Moon Dance WeekendMonterey, CA
United Stateswith Elixir
Jan 15, 2021to Jan 17, 2021Contra DreamDayton, VA, United Stateswith Elixir

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Elixir CDs

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A is for Avocado

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A collection of original music by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins. A is for Avocado includes sheet music for thirty-eight of Ethan’s compositions, with chord suggestions, tune notes, and an annotated Discography/ Bibliography. From A is for Avocado to Zinnia’s Favorite, the tunes in this collection span a range of styles and moods. The volume measures seven by nine inches, is printed on heavy weight paper for durability and spiral bound to open flat on a music stand. You can also download some of Ethan's tunes individually below.

In the Window

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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.

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).

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Get in touch with Ethan:

ethanhw@icloud.com