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

Mar 23, 2017at 8:00 pmThe Rear DefrostersThe Rendezvous
78 3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376, United Stateswith Elixir
Brattleboro's loudest Honky Tonk band returns to Turner's Falls! Kate Lorenz opens with a solo set.
Apr 21, 2017to Apr 23, 2017Hands Four Spring DanceBerea, KYwith Elixirwith Wendy Graham (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)
Apr 27, 2017at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
Apr 28, 2017at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Apr 29, 2017at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
May 13, 2017at 8:00 pmNorwich Contra DanceNorwich, VT, United States
with Elixir
with Dave Eisenstadter (calling), Jeremiah McLane (accordion/piano) and Owen Marshall (guitar/banjo)
Jun 8, 2017at 9:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Thing in the SpringHarlow's Pub
3 School St, Peterborough, NH 03458, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 26, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirBrad Foster (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Jun 29, 2017to Jul 3, 2017Boston Centre July 4th WeekendPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 3, 2017to Jul 7, 2017ESCape (English, Scottish, Contra) week at PinewoodsPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 15, 2017at 6:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Bunker FarmThe Bunker Farm, 857 Bunker Rd, Dummerston, VTwith ElixirPizza available for purchase starting at 6pm, with music to follow. BYOB.
Opening Act: New Barnyard Seranaders
$10 suggested donation for the bands
Jul 22, 2017to Jul 29, 2017CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 17, 2017at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Sep 23, 2017at 2:15 pmRear Defrosters @ Garlic and Arts FestivalOrange, MA, United States
with Elixir
Honky tonk and garlic!


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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