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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

Oct 5, 2018at 8:00 pmMostly Waltz GreenfieldGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar)
Oct 6, 2018at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapital City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
Nov 2, 2018to Nov 4, 2018Foggy Moon Dance WeekendMonterey, CA
United Stateswith Elixir
Jan 18, 2019to Jan 20, 2019Contra CarnivaleSan Luis Obispo, CAwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland calling and playing trombone!
Jan 25, 2019at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Jan 26, 2019at 3:00 pmSnow BallPeterborough, NHwith Elixir
Feb 22, 2019at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters - Johnny Cash Birthday BashThe Stone Church
210 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
Feb 23, 2019at 7:30 pmEmma and the Sweet Pea Pickers Benefit Concert and DanceRebop Farm, 1320 Sunset Lake Rd. Brattleboro, VTwith ElixirAn evening of swingy music and dancing on the hill, provided by the endlessly charming Emma Schneider, Arthur Davis, Anna Patton, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, and Guillaume Sparrow Pepin.

All proceeds benefit the NOFA farm share program. Your contribution will help subsidize CSA shares for lower-income neighbors. See: nofavt.org/farmshare

Apr 6, 2019at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapital City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixirwith Anna Patton (clarinet) and Julie Vallimont (piano)
May 24, 2019to May 27, 2019FolkMADnessSocorro, NMwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Jun 9, 2019at 3:30 pmWaltz Time DancesGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixirwaltz lesson 2:45-3:30
Jun 21, 2019to Jun 23, 2019Summer SoireeWarren Wilson Collegewith Elixirwith Brian Bender, trombone and Alexander Mitchell, fiddle
Jun 29, 2019at 7:30 pmPalo Alto Contra DanceFirst United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 30, 2019to Jul 5, 2019BACDS American WeekLa Honda, CA, United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Jul 18, 2019at 5:30 pmRear Defrosters @ Retreat Farm Food Truck Roundup
Aug 2, 2019at 8:00 pmMostly Waltz GreenfieldGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith ElixirLarry Unger (guitar)
Aug 9, 2019to Aug 11, 2019Balance the Baywith Brian Bender, trombone and Audrey Knuth, fiddle
Aug 30, 2019to Sep 2, 2019Mountain MADnessAvalon Ballroom, Boulder, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland & Lisa Greenleaf calling, and Buddy System
Oct 11, 2019to Oct 13, 2019Harvest MoonCarillo Ballroom, Santa Barbara, CAwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland, calling and trombone
Dec 6, 2019to Dec 8, 2019Winter WarmupColumbus, OHwith Elixirwith Audrey Knuth, fiddle and Brian Bender, trombone
Jan 8, 2020at 7:30 pmRear Defrosters @ EchoEcho Restaurant and Lounge
73 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
Jan 23, 2020at 7:30 pmNEFFA ContraConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
Jan 24, 2020at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Jan 25, 2020Snow BallPeterborough, NH, United Stateswith Elixir
Feb 6, 2020at 10:30 pmLake City contra danceSeattle Latvian Centerwith Elixir
Feb 7, 2020to Feb 9, 2020Supersonic Contra Dance WeekendLeif Erikson Hall, Seattle, WA, United Stateswith Elixir
Mar 27, 2020at 7:30 pmCANCELLED: Rear Defrosters @ Guilford GrangeGuilford Grange, Guilford, VTwith ElixirBenefit for Groundworks Collaborative
Apr 3, 2020to Apr 5, 2020POSTPONED: Gypsy MeltdownCharlotte, NC, United Stateswith ElixirThis event has been postponed. Stay tuned for further details...
Apr 17, 2020to Apr 19, 2020CANCELLED: Desert SpringPhoenix, AZ, United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments
Jun 19, 2020to Jun 21, 2020Cancelled: Swing into SummerPinewoods Camp
80 Cornish Field Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 21, 2020at 2:30 pmFathers Day Zoom Concert & DanceA 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! It’s our 15th anniversary as a band! 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 five 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.
Jun 25, 2020at 5:30 pmRear Defrosters @ Retreat Farm Food Truck Roundup
Aug 27, 2020at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742with Elixir
Aug 28, 2020at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Aug 29, 2020at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir
Nov 6, 2020to Nov 8, 2020Foggy Moon Dance WeekendMonterey, CA
United Stateswith Elixir
Nov 20, 2020to Nov 22, 2020Rose City Dance-a-RamaNorse Hall
111 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232, United Stateswith Elixir
Elixir with Betsy Branch (fiddle) and Wild Asparagus
Jan 15, 2021to Jan 17, 2021Contra DreamDayton, VA, United Stateswith Elixir
Feb 12, 2021to Feb 14, 2021Corvallis Contra Dance WeekendCorvallis, ORwith Elixir

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