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.
|Nov 13, 2009to Nov 15, 2009||Atlanta Dance Weekend|
|Dec 3, 2009at 7:30 pm||Conference callAgenda:
x- NM concert before Folk MADness
x- DC tour possibilities
x- lights for Feb
x- next december weekend
x- concert repertoire
|Jan 14, 2010at 7:30 pm||Mountain View Dance|
|Jan 15, 2010to Jan 17, 2010||Contra Carnivale|
|Jan 22, 2010to Jan 24, 2010||Florida Snow Ball|
|Feb 12, 2010to Feb 14, 2010||The Dance Flurry|
|Feb 15, 2010to Feb 18, 2010||Elixir Rehearsals|
|Feb 18, 2010at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance|
|Feb 19, 2010at 8:00 pm||Brown Contra Dance|
|Feb 20, 2010at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Contra Dance|
To order Elixir CDs please visit the Elixir store.
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.