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.
|Mar 23, 2017at 8:00 pm||The Rear DefrostersThe Rendezvous
78 3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376, United Stateswith ElixirBrattleboro's loudest Honky Tonk band returns to Turner's Falls! Kate Lorenz opens with a solo set.
|Apr 21, 2017to Apr 23, 2017||Hands Four Spring DanceBerea, KYwith Elixirwith Wendy Graham (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)|
|Apr 27, 2017at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
|Apr 28, 2017at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
|Apr 29, 2017at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|May 13, 2017at 8:00 pm||Norwich Contra DanceNorwich, VT, United States
with Elixirwith Dave Eisenstadter (calling), Jeremiah McLane (accordion/piano) and Owen Marshall (guitar/banjo)
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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.