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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

Jan 13, 2012to Jan 15, 2012Contra CarnivaleSan Luis Obispo, CAwith Elixirw/ Great Bear Trio, Tidal Wave, Susan Michaels, and George Marshall
Jan 16, 2012at 7:30 pmPalo Alto Contra DanceSpecial post-Contra Carnivale event!
Jan 28, 2012Northern Roots FestivalNew England Youth Theater, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir
Feb 2, 2012at 8:00 pmSeattle Contra DanceLake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WAwith Elixir
Feb 3, 2012to Feb 5, 2012Dancing Fool Contra Dance WeekendLeif Erickson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle, WAwith Elixirw/ Latter Day Lizards and Cis Hinkle
Feb 17, 2012to Feb 19, 2012Knoxville Dance WeekendKnoxville, TNwith ElixirElixir, Great Bear Trio, and Mark Hellenberg (aka "Pokey")
Mar 1, 2012at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MAwith ElixirRebecca Lay (calling), Emily troll (accordion/fiddle), and Josh Van Vliet (guitar)
Mar 2, 2012at 8:00 pmConcord Experienced DanceConcord Scout House, Concord, MAwith Elixir
Mar 3, 2012at 11:00 amBrattleboro Winter Farmers MarketThe River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir
Mar 5, 2012at 7:00 pmAmherst English DanceWhately Dance Barn, Whately, MAwith ElixirGraham Christian (calling), Joyce Crouch (piano), and Peter Barnes (winds)
Mar 10, 2012at 5:45 pmCDNY Special EventChinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery, New York, NYwith ElixirExperienced Contra Dance from 5:45 - 7:45, Regular Contra Dance from 9:00 - Midnight
Mar 15, 2012at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MAwith Elixir
Mar 16, 2012at 8:00 pmCollege Hill Contra Dance372 Wayland Ave, Providence, RIwith Elixir
Mar 17, 2012at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Mar 23, 2012at 8:00 pmTinmouth contra danceTinmouth, VTwith ElixirRoger Kahle (guitar)
Mar 26, 2012at 7:00 pmAmherst English DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirRobin Hayden and Adina Gordon (calling), Karen Axelrod (piano), and Anna Patton (clarinet)
Mar 31, 2012at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceMontpelier, VTwith ElixirRebecca Lay (calling), Roger Kahle (guitar) and Mary Cay Brass (piano/accordion)
Apr 12, 2012at 8:00 pmRochester Contra DanceCovenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609with ElixirRebecca Lay (calling) and The Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Apr 13, 2012to Apr 15, 2012Spring Thaw Dance WeekendToronto, Ontario, Canadawith ElixirRebecca Lay (calling) and The Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Apr 20, 2012to Apr 22, 2012When in Doubt, Swing!Dallas, TXwith Elixir
Apr 25, 2012at 7:30 pmAmherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002with ElixirThe Figments: Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
May 4, 2012to May 6, 2012May Madness Dance WeekendClarkdale, AZwith Elixirw/ The Groovemongers, The Great Bear Trio, and Will Mentor
May 11, 2012at 8:00 pmBurlington Contra DanceEdmunds Middle School, 299 Main St, Burlington, VTwith ElixirThe Interns: Mary Wesley (calling) and Max Newman (guitar). Max, Mary, and I have all worked as Youth Intern for CDSS.
May 12, 2012at 3:00 pmSpecial Burlington Contra DanceSt Michael's Collegewith ElixirJeremiah Mclane (piano/accordion), Owen Marshall (guitar/tenor banjo), and Will Mentor (calling)
May 13, 2012at 7:30 pmBrattleboro Contra DanceMain and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VTwith ElixirJeremiah Mclane (piano/accordion), Owen Marshall (guitar/tenor banjo), and Will Mentor (calling)
May 16, 2012at 7:30 pmAmherst Contra DanceMasonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, MAwith Elixir
May 19, 2012at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
May 20, 2012at 7:30 pmBrattleboro Contra DanceThe Church, corner of Grove and Main, Brattleboro, VTwith Elixir
May 24, 2012at 8:00 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout Housewith ElixirOwen Morrison (guitar/feet) and Corey DiMario (bass/tenor guitar)
May 28, 2012at 7:00 pmAmherst English DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirRobin Hayden and Adina Gordon (calling), Joyce Crouch (piano), and Peter Barnes (winds)
May 30, 2012at 8:00 pmPrinceton Contra DanceSuzanne Patterson Community Center, Princeton, NJwith Elixir
May 31, 2012at 8:00 pmGlenside Contra DanceGlenside, PAwith Elixir
Jun 1, 2012at 8:30 pmGlen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir
Jun 2, 2012at 4:00 pmHouse ConcertAnnapolis, MDwith ElixirPrivate event
Jun 3, 2012at 7:30 pmGlen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixir
Jun 23, 2012at 8:00 pmSpokane Contra DanceSpokane, WAwith Elixir
Jun 24, 2012to Jun 30, 2012Lady of the Lake June weekCouer d'Alene, IDwith Elixir
Jul 21, 2012to Jul 28, 2012CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 28, 2012to Aug 4, 2012CDSS American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 30, 2012at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceScout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirSteve Zakon Anderson (calling), Emily Troll (fiddle/accordion), and Josh Van Vliet (guitar)
Sep 1, 2012at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
Sep 2, 2012at 12:00 pmNew World FestivalRandolph, VTwith Elixir
Sep 2, 2012at 8:00 pmBrattleboro Dawn DanceGibson Aiken Center, Main St, Brattleboro, VTwith ElixirWe'll be keeping the party going from Midnight to 3:30 AM. Other bands are Wild Asparagus (first set) and the Russet Trio with Quena Crane calling (last set). It's going to be a great night, don't miss it!
Sep 15, 2012at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra DanceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, MAwith ElixirGeorge Marshall (calling), Bethany Waickman (guitar), Corey DiMario (bass)
Sep 21, 2012at 7:30 pmContrashock IINew York City, NYwith Elixirw/ Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor
Sep 22, 2012at 5:45 pmContrashock IINew York City, NYwith ElixirExperienced Contra Dance from 5:45 - 7:45 PM, Contra Dance for everyone from 9 PM to Midnight
Sep 23, 2012at 11:00 amContrastock IISpanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixirw/ Wild Asparagus, Perpetual e-Motion, and caller Will Mentor
Sep 28, 2012to Sep 30, 2012Youth Dance WeekendWeston, VTwith ElixirRegistration begins June 4!
Oct 5, 2012at 8:00 pmConcord Challenging Contra Dance SeriesScout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, MAwith ElixirSteve Zakon-Anderson (calling), Jeremiah McLane (accordion, piano) and Owen Marshall (guitar, tenor banjo)
Oct 12, 2012to Oct 14, 2012Elixir Cape Cod Dance WeekendCamp Farley, Mashpee, MAwith Elixirw/ Elixir, Crowfoot and caller Will Mentor, and English Country Dance with staff musicians and caller Melissa Running...plus host (and caller) Mary Wesley, and Tony Hernandez running sound!

store

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).

tunes

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.

contact

Get in touch with Ethan:

ethanhw@icloud.com