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)
|Jun 8, 2017at 9:00 pm||Rear Defrosters @ Thing in the SpringHarlow's Pub
3 School St, Peterborough, NH 03458, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jun 26, 2017at 7:00 pm||Amherst 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, 2017||Boston Centre July 4th WeekendPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Jul 3, 2017to Jul 7, 2017||ESCape (English, Scottish, Contra) week at PinewoodsPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Jul 15, 2017at 6:00 pm||Rear 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, 2017||CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir|
|Aug 17, 2017at 7:30 pm||Concord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
|Sep 23, 2017at 2:15 pm||Rear Defrosters @ Garlic and Arts FestivalOrange, MA, United States
with ElixirHonky tonk and garlic!
|Oct 6, 2017at 8:00 pm||Concord Experienced DanceConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
|Oct 7, 2017at 8:00 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapital City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir|
|Oct 26, 2017at 8:00 pm||Rear Defrosters @ The WhetstoneWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
36 Bridge St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
|Nov 19, 2017at 2:00 pm||Mostly WaltzWhately, MAwith Elixirwith Anna Patton (clarinet) and Karen Axelrod (piano)|
|Dec 18, 2017at 7:00 pm||Amherst English DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith Elixirwith Brad Foster (calling), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Karen Axelrod (piano)|
|Jan 10, 2018at 7:30 pm||Rear Defrosters @ EchoEcho Restaurant and Lounge
73 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jan 26, 2018to Jan 28, 2018||Florida Snow BallThe Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707, United Stateswith Elixir
|Feb 23, 2018to Feb 25, 2018||Dancing with the GODSGainesville, FLwith Elixirwith The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
|Apr 6, 2018to Apr 8, 2018||Epicenter Dance WeekendStrawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley, CAwith ElixirWith Naomi Morse on Fiddle and Brian Bender on Trombone|
|Apr 6, 2018at 7:00 pm||Rear Defrosters @ Root CellarRoot Cellar
10 Fiske Ave, Greenfield, MA 01301with Elixir
|Apr 13, 2018to Apr 15, 2018||Call of the Loon Contra Dance WeekendMinneapolis, MNwith Elixir|
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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.