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 7, 2015at 8:00 pmRochester Contra DanceConvenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Rd, Rochester, NYwith Elixir
May 8, 2015at 7:30 pmBuffalo Contra DanceElmwood Ave & W Ferry St
Buffalo NY 14222
United Stateswith Elixir
May 9, 2015Cornell Contra DanceCornell University, Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca, NYwith ElixirSchedule:

12:30pm-2:30pm: Singing Square Caller's Workshop
4pm-6 pm: Contra Dance for Experienced Dancers
8 pm-11 pm: Contra dance for All
May 14, 2015to May 17, 2015Almost HeavenCamp Ramblewood, Darlington, MDwith ElixirWe'll be joined by Mark Hellenberg (aka "Pokey") on percussion all weekend long!

w/ Swallowtail
Jun 3, 2015at 7:30 pmDowntown Amherst Contra DanceSteve Zakon-Anderson (calling) with
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)
Jun 4, 2015at 7:30 pmConcord Contra Dance74 Walden St
Concord MA 01742with Elixir
The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar, feet)
Jun 5, 2015at 8:00 pmMostly WaltzGreenfield, MAwith ElixirThe Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)
Jun 6, 2015at 7:00 pmWhately BallWhately, MAwith ElixirBarbara Finney (calling) and The Figments: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (fiddle), Anna Patton (clarinet) and Owen Morrison (guitar)
Jun 12, 2015at 9:00 amGreenfield Contra Dance401 Chapman St
Greenfield MA 01301with Elixir
Anna Patton (clarinet), Mary Cay Brass (piano), and Steve Zakon-Anderson (calling)
Jun 15, 2015at 7:00 pmAmherst English Country DanceMunson Library, Amherst, MAwith ElixirMary Jones (calling), Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (violin), Anna Patton (clarinet), and Pat MacPherson (piano)


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.


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