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.

gig calendar

Jun 21, 2020at 2:30 pmFathers Day Zoom Concert & Dance2:30 PM EDT / 11:30 AM PDT

A program of waltzes and other selections– swing, fiddle tunes, and a singing square– for your dancing and listening pleasure. We miss playing together! We miss playing for you! So please join us for this event that is a dance party, a father’s day concert, a quixotic musical undertaking, and a reunion of friends from far and wide.

With Anna Patton at the musical engineering helm, we are preparing recorded tracks for each other so that all of us can take turns playing live for you from our homes. We’re taking the opportunity to debut new tunes and songs, as well as playing and singing some old favorites. Join us on Zoom to watch, listen, dance along, and find out what we’ve been up to.

Join on Zoom: www.proyl.com/jQ7fk9RX3
Follow the link above, enter the code that appears on the screen, and you will be forwarded to the Zoom link

Stream on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/3133037080109542

Elixir will donate 10% of proceeds from this event to the Movement for Black Lives in support of organizing to end racist violence and to invest in Black communities.
Nov 7, 2020at 5:00 pmConcert for Foggy MoonLive on Zoomwith ElixirElixir will perform a live online concert in lieu of playing for the Foggy Moon dance weekend. Details here: www.facebook.com/events/261790015189072
Jun 17, 2021at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters at NOVA48 Emerald St
Keene, NH, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 26, 2021at 5:00 pmRear Defrosters at Bunker FarmThe Bunker Farm
857 Bunker Rd, East Dummerston, VT 05346, United Stateswith Elixir
Jul 16, 2021to Jul 18, 2021Swing into SummerPinewoods Camp
80 Cornish Field Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, United Stateswith Elixir
Aug 19, 2021at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters at NOVA48 Emerald St
Keene, NH, United Stateswith Elixir
Sep 16, 2021at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters at NOVA48 Emerald St Keene, NH, United Stateswith Elixir
Sep 25, 2021at 5:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Chesterfield, NH Lantern Supper535 Old Chesterfield Rd
Chesterfield, NH, United Stateswith Elixir
Oct 21, 2021at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters at NOVA48 Emerald St Keene, NH, United Stateswith Elixir
Dec 16, 2021at 6:00 pmRear Defrosters @ NOVA48 Emerald St Keene, NH, United Stateswith Elixir


Elixir CDs

To order Elixir CDs please visit the Elixir store.

In the Window

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).


Tune Book: A is for Avocado

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.

Download A is for Avocado

A few of Ethan's compositions are available for download below.


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