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 29, 2010to Oct 31, 2010||Fire Ant FrolicAustin, TXwith Elixir|
|Nov 5, 2010at 8:00 pm||Sacramento Contra DanceSacramento CAwith Elixir|
|Nov 6, 2010||Fall Has SprungGrass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St, Grass Valley, CAwith Elixir|
|Nov 10, 2010at 7:30 pm||Swarthmore Contra DanceSwarthmore Collegewith Elixir|
|Nov 11, 2010at 7:30 pm||Glenside Contra DanceGlenside, PAwith Elixir|
|Nov 12, 2010at 7:00 pm||NY Gender Free Contra DanceNew York, NYwith Elixir|
|Nov 13, 2010||CDNY Fall FlingNew York, NYwith Elixir|
|Nov 19, 2010at 8:00 pm||Brown Contra DanceBrown University, Providence, RIwith ElixirThe Figments and Rebecca Lay (calling)|
|Nov 26, 2010to Nov 27, 2010||Rochester Thanksgiving Dance WeekendRochester, NYwith ElixirThe Figments|
|Dec 3, 2010at 8:00 pm||Concord Experienced DanceConcord, MAwith ElixirOwen Morrison (guitar/mandolin/feet) and Jeremiah McLane (accordion/piano)|
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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.