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.
|Feb 22, 2019at 8:00 pm||Rear Defrosters - Johnny Cash Birthday BashThe Stone Church
210 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
|Feb 23, 2019at 7:30 pm||Emma 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 pm||Montpelier Contra DanceCapital City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixirwith Anna Patton (clarinet) and Julie Vallimont (piano)|
|May 24, 2019to May 27, 2019||FolkMADnessSocorro, NMwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)|
|Jun 9, 2019at 3:30 pm||Waltz Time DancesGlen Echo Park, MDwith Elixirwaltz lesson 2:45-3:30|
|Jun 21, 2019to Jun 23, 2019||Summer SoireeWarren Wilson Collegewith Elixirwith Brian Bender, trombone and Alexander Mitchell, fiddle|
|Jun 29, 2019at 7:30 pm||Palo Alto Contra DanceFirst United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jun 30, 2019to Jul 5, 2019||BACDS 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 pm||Rear Defrosters @ Retreat Farm Food Truck Roundup|
|Aug 2, 2019at 8:00 pm||Mostly Waltz GreenfieldGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith ElixirLarry Unger (guitar)|
|Aug 9, 2019to Aug 11, 2019||Balance the Baywith Brian Bender, trombone and Audrey Knuth, fiddle|
|Aug 30, 2019to Sep 2, 2019||Mountain MADnessAvalon Ballroom, Boulder, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland & Lisa Greenleaf calling, and Buddy System|
|Oct 11, 2019to Oct 13, 2019||Harvest MoonCarillo Ballroom, Santa Barbara, CAwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland, calling and trombone|
|Dec 6, 2019to Dec 8, 2019||Winter WarmupColumbus, OHwith Elixirwith Audrey Knuth, fiddle and Brian Bender, trombone|
|Jan 8, 2020at 7:30 pm||Rear Defrosters @ EchoEcho Restaurant and Lounge
73 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jan 23, 2020at 7:30 pm||NEFFA ContraConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
|Jan 24, 2020at 8:00 pm||Greenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixir|
|Jan 25, 2020||Snow BallPeterborough, NH, United Stateswith Elixir|
|Feb 6, 2020at 10:30 pm||Lake City contra danceSeattle Latvian Centerwith Elixir|
|Feb 7, 2020to Feb 9, 2020||Supersonic Contra Dance WeekendLeif Erikson Hall, Seattle, WA, United Stateswith 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.