.

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

May 29, 2016at 3:30 amBrattleboro Dawn DanceGibson Aiken Center, Main St, Brattleboro, VTwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), Owen Morrison (guitar/foot percussion)
Jun 3, 2016at 8:30 pmGlen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir
Jun 4, 2016at 4:00 pmPrivate eventAnnapolis, MDwith Elixir
Jun 5, 2016at 7:30 pmGlen Echo Contra DanceGlen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith Elixir
Jun 18, 2016at 8:00 pmSpokane Contra DanceSpokane, WAwith Elixirwith The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Jun 19, 2016to Jun 25, 2016Lady of the Lake Dance Weekwith The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Jun 29, 2016at 7:30 pmAmherst Contra Dance99 Main St
Amherst MA 01002
United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 30, 2016at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
Jul 1, 2016at 8:00 pmMostly Waltz Greenfield401 Chapman St
Greenfield, MA, United Stateswith Elixir
Waltz workshop at 7:00pm
Jul 2, 2016Private EventMontague MAwith Elixir
Jul 30, 2016to Aug 6, 2016CDSS English WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 4, 2016at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
Sue Rosen (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Bruce Rosen (piano/guitar)
Aug 6, 2016to Aug 13, 2016CDSS American Dance and Music WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 26, 2016at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Nils Fredland, calling/trombone
with Brian Bender, sousaphone/melodica/trombone
Aug 27, 2016Private EventBristol, RIwith Elixir
Sep 9, 2016at 8:00 pmConcord Experienced DanceConcord Scout House, Concord, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar, feet)
Sep 10, 2016Private EventGreensboro Bend, VTwith Elixir
Sep 19, 2016at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceWhately, MAwith ElixirRobin Hayden (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (violin), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Sep 28, 2016at 8:00 pmWaltz, etc.The Avalon Ballroom, Boulder, COwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet, vocals), and Owen Morrison (guitar)
Sep 29, 2016at 7:00 pmHouse ConcertLongmont, CO, United Stateswith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet, vocals), and Owen Morrison (guitar, foot percussion)
Sep 30, 2016at 8:00 pmBoulder Contra DanceAvalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)
Oct 1, 2016at 8:00 pmFort Collins Contra DanceCity Park Center (Club Tico), 1599 City Park Dr, Fort Collins, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)
Oct 2, 2016at 1:00 pmDenver Contra DanceHighlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver, COwith Elixirwith Nils Fredland (calling, trombone)

Waltzes and couples dancing at 1 PM, contras from 2 to 5 PM!
Oct 20, 2016at 8:00 pmOld Farmer's BallWarren Wilson College
Swannanoa, NC, United Stateswith Elixir
with Beth Molaro (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)
Oct 21, 2016to Oct 23, 2016Lake Eden Arts Festival377 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NCwith Elixirwith Brian Bender (trombone)
Oct 30, 2016at 3:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Vintage Steele Four Year Anniversary PartyThe Bunker Farm, Dummerston, VTwith ElixirFree Admission, Free BBQ, BYOB
Nov 4, 2016to Nov 6, 2016Foggy Moon Dance WeekendMonterey, CA
United Stateswith Elixir
with Brian Bender (trombone) plus George Marshall and Warren Blier (calling), Barefoot, BLAM, and the Crabapples.
Nov 19, 2016at 8:00 pmRear DefrostersThe Rendezvous
78 3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376, United Stateswith Elixir
Dec 2, 2016at 8:00 pmMostly Waltz GreenfieldGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixirwith Larry Unger (guitar) and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Waltz lesson at 7pm
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)
Mar 23, 2017at 8:00 pmThe Rear DefrostersThe Rendezvous
78 3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376, United Stateswith Elixir
Brattleboro's loudest Honky Tonk band returns to Turner's Falls! Kate Lorenz opens with a solo set.
Apr 21, 2017to Apr 23, 2017Hands Four Spring DanceBerea, KYwith Elixirwith Wendy Graham (calling) and Brian Bender (trombone)
Apr 27, 2017at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742
United Stateswith Elixir
Apr 28, 2017at 8:00 pmGreenfield Experienced Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Apr 29, 2017at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapitol City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
May 13, 2017at 8:00 pmNorwich Contra DanceNorwich, VT, United States
with Elixir
with Dave Eisenstadter (calling), Jeremiah McLane (accordion/piano) and Owen Marshall (guitar/banjo)
Jun 8, 2017at 9:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Thing in the SpringHarlow's Pub
3 School St, Peterborough, NH 03458, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 26, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst 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, 2017Boston Centre July 4th WeekendPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 3, 2017to Jul 7, 2017ESCape (English, Scottish, Contra) week at PinewoodsPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 15, 2017at 6:00 pmRear 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, 2017CDSS Harmony of Song & Dance WeekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Aug 17, 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)
Sep 23, 2017at 2:15 pmRear Defrosters @ Garlic and Arts FestivalOrange, MA, United States
with Elixir
Honky tonk and garlic!
Oct 6, 2017at 8:00 pmConcord Experienced DanceConcord Scout House
74 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742, United Stateswith Elixir
Oct 7, 2017at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapital City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixir
Oct 26, 2017at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters @ The WhetstoneWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
36 Bridge St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
Nov 19, 2017at 2:00 pmMostly WaltzWhately, MAwith Elixirwith Anna Patton (clarinet) and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Dec 18, 2017at 7:00 pmAmherst English DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith Elixirwith Brad Foster (calling), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Karen Axelrod (piano)
Jan 10, 2018at 7:30 pmRear Defrosters @ EchoEcho Restaurant and Lounge
73 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
Jan 26, 2018to Jan 28, 2018Florida Snow BallThe Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd S, Gulfport, FL 33707, United Stateswith Elixir
Feb 23, 2018to Feb 25, 2018Dancing with the GODSGainesville, FLwith Elixirwith The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Owen Morrison (guitar/feet)
Apr 6, 2018to Apr 8, 2018Epicenter Dance WeekendStrawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley, CAwith ElixirWith Naomi Morse on Fiddle and Brian Bender on Trombone
Apr 6, 2018at 7:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Root CellarRoot Cellar
10 Fiske Ave, Greenfield, MA 01301with Elixir
Apr 13, 2018to Apr 15, 2018Call of the Loon Contra Dance WeekendMinneapolis, MNwith Elixir
Apr 26, 2018at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters @ The WhetstoneWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
36 Bridge St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
May 5, 2018at 8:00 pmMontpelier Contra DanceCapital City Grange, Montpelier, VTwith Elixirwith Sue Rosen (calling), Peter Siegel (mandolin/guitar) and Bruce Rosen (piano/guitar)
May 25, 2018at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters @ The HiveKeene, NH, United Stateswith Elixir
May 26, 2018at 8:00 pmGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MAwith Elixirwith the Gaslight Tinkers
May 31, 2018at 7:30 pmConcord Contra DanceConcord Scout House, 74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742with Elixir
Jun 3, 2018at 6:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Twilight on the Tavern LawnPutney, VTwith Elixir
Jun 7, 2018at 10:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Thing in the SpringHarlow's Pub
3 School St, Peterborough, NH 03458, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 13, 2018at 7:30 pmRear Defrosters @ EchoEcho Restaurant and Lounge
73 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
Jun 28, 2018to Jul 2, 2018Pinewoods 4th of JulyPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Jul 21, 2018to Jul 28, 2018Harmony of Song and Dance WekPinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MAwith Elixir
Sep 7, 2018at 8:00 pmRear Defrosters @ The Stone ChurchThe Stone Church
210 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United Stateswith Elixir
www.facebook.com/events/1355870321223769
Sep 8, 2018at 6:00 pmRear Defrosters @ Glendale Ridge WineryGlendale Ridge Winery, Southampton, MAwith Elixir
Sep 21, 2018to Sep 22, 2018Contrashock 2018Brooklyn Waldorf School
11 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238with Elixir
With Nils Fredland and Will Mentor calling, music by Elixir and Wake Up Robin!

Friday 9/21:
7:30 PM Contra Dance Lesson
8-11:00 PM Contra Dance

Saturday 9/22:
2:15-5:30 PM Challenging Contras
7:00 PM Contra Dance Lesson
7:30-10:45 PM Contra Dance
Sep 23, 2018at 1:00 pmContrastock VIIISpanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MDwith ElixirAnother great Contrastock party! With Elixir, Maivish, Wake Up Robin, Nils Fredland, Will Mentor, and Susan Michaels
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

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