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

Dec 3, 2016at 7:30 pmConcord Experienced English DanceConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
with Robin Hayden (calling) and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Jan 12, 2017at 7:30 pmHouse ConcertPhoenix, AZ, United Stateswith ElixirFor details and reservations contact: or (602)791-1238
Jan 13, 2017to Jan 14, 2017Phoenix Winter FrolicPhoenix, AZ, United States
with Elixir
with Brian Bender (trombone)
Jan 23, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirMary Lea (violin), Pat McPherson (piano), and Brad Foster (calling)
Feb 4, 2017at 9:00 amPercussive Dance IntensiveGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith ElixirRebecca McGown, Gillian Stewart, and Meg Ryan teaching. Music by Graham DeZarn and Ethan Hazzard-Watkins.
Feb 5, 2017at 7:00 pmPercussive Dance House ConcertRebop Farm, 1320 Sunset Lake Rd. Brattleboro, VTwith Elixirwith dancing by Rebecca McGowan, Meg Ryan, and Gillian Stewart, plus music by Nicole Singer (vocals), Graham DeZarn (fiddle), and Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle)
Feb 6, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith Elixirlydia ievins (violin), Karen Axelrod (piano), and Anna Rain (calling)
Feb 17, 2017to Feb 19, 2017Ann Arbor Dawn Dance WeekendAnn Arbor, MIwith Elixirwith Adina Gordon (calling) and The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Mar 1, 2017at 7:30 pmDowntown Amherst Contra Dance99 Main St
Amherst, MA, United Stateswith Elixir
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Mar 2, 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)


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.


Get in touch with Ethan: