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.
|Oct 11, 2019to Oct 13, 2019||Harvest MoonCarillo Ballroom, Santa Barbara, CAwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland, calling and trombone|
|Dec 6, 2019to Dec 8, 2019||Winter WarmupColumbus, OHwith Elixirwith Audrey Knuth, fiddle and Brian Bender, trombone|
|Jan 8, 2020at 7:30 pm||Rear Defrosters @ EchoEcho Restaurant and Lounge
73 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jan 23, 2020at 7:30 pm||NEFFA ContraConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jan 24, 2020at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir|
|Jan 25, 2020||Snow BallPeterborough, NH, United Stateswith Elixir|
|Feb 6, 2020at 10:30 pm||Lake City contra danceSeattle Latvian Centerwith Elixir|
|Feb 7, 2020to Feb 9, 2020||Supersonic Contra Dance WeekendLeif Erikson Hall, Seattle, WA, United Stateswith Elixir|
|Mar 27, 2020at 7:30 pm||CANCELLED: Rear Defrosters @ Guilford GrangeGuilford Grange, Guilford, VTwith ElixirBenefit for Groundworks Collaborative|
|Apr 3, 2020to Apr 5, 2020||POSTPONED: Gypsy MeltdownCharlotte, NC, United Stateswith ElixirThis event has been postponed. Stay tuned for further details...|
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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.